Being Half Japanese gave me the opportunity of being in contact with the Japanese culture, people, traditions and food. When I was 6 years old I went to Japan several times to visit my Father's family and I fell in love with this delicious desserts, Mitarashi Dango, which is simply rice flour balls dipped in sweet mitarashi sauce... soo yummy! When biting into them again after 20 years since I had my last one it was like the experience Proust had with his Madeleine... wonderful memories and flashbacks of a very fascinating country. I never thought I could ever make this delicious dessert myself.... but here it is!
For The Rice balls:
In a bowl mix 1 and 1/4 cup of rice flour with 200 ml of hot water. Knead it until it becomes an elastic dough. Start forming little bite size balls. Boil them, and you will know they are ready when they come up to the top floating. Drain and start creating your skewers by wetting the skewer with water.
For The Mitarashi sauce:
In a saucepan mix 100 ml of water, 2 and 1/2 Tbsp of soy sauce, 1 Tbsp corn starch, and 5 Tbsp of sugar. Bring it to a boil over medium heat. Until it reaches the right thick consistency, as shown in the picture.
Finally you can pour the sauce over the rice flour balls.... enjoy your Mitarashi dango! Buon Appetito!