Wagashi: Kuromitsu Dango (黒みつだんご)
Kuromitsu Dango is a simple and tasty wagashi that combines mochi, syrupy kuromitsu and powdery kinako.
What is Dango?
Dango is a popular treat in Japan; it is mochi, usually balls or cubes served impaled on a stick. It is sometimes grilled and usually has some kind of sweet sauce poured over it, or the mochi itself is sweetened and flavored.
Mochi, as you probably know is ‘rice cake’, a paste made of steamed and pounded glutinous rice. Mochi comes in a plethora of tastes and forms and it is always chewy and yummy.
Kuromitsu, literally ‘black syrup’ made from kokuto ‘black sugar’, Southern Japan’s famed sugar is mineral rich and very earthy in flavor. Kuromitsu is nearly identical to molasses in consistency and quite similar in taste.
Kinako is soybean flour. Soybeans are roasted and then ground into flour. It is very healthy, containing vitamins and protein. The taste is quite similar to peanuts and is common in many dishes in Japanese cuisine. Kinako is often sweetened with sugar.
Mochi dango is squired on a stick, thick kuromitsu is poured over the top and is sprinkled generoursly with kinako, then you’ve kuromitsu dango!
A Serving of Kuromitsu Dango
Kuromitsu Dango – Detail
Kuromitsu Dango ‘Bite Away’ View
This shows a cross section of the kuromitsu dango.
Kuromitsu Dango in Package
This particular store sells them in packs of 10 dango heaping with kinako.