Jan 21, 2017
ABC Cooking Studio, which opened its first studio in Singapore in 2015, specialises in teaching people how to prepare Japanese cuisine. In this issue, we find out how to prepare shiratama dango.
Shiratama dango is a type of mochi made with glutinous rice flour. The difference between shiratama dango and mochi is that for the latter, you have to cook it before you shape it. For the former, you shape it into balls before cooking it.
As an ingredient, shiratama dango is very versatile. In the summers, it’s commonly served with shaved ice and ice cream. During the colder months, the Japanese people enjoy having shiratama dango with sweet red-bean soup or mitarashi sauce. Mitarashi sauce is a blend of soy sauce, sugar, mirin, water, and a bit of potato starch. Of course, you can pair the dango with other types of sauces as well, such as red bean paste, kuromitsu (brown sugar syrup), or kinako (roasted soy bean flour).
One thing to remember when preparing the shiratama dango is not to use too much water when mixing the glutinous rice flour as the dough will be too soft and cannot be used. The perfect texture should be similar to that of an earlobe. When preparing the mitarashi sauce, you’ll need to watch over the sauce as it cooks so that you can turn off the stove once the glaze thickens and has a glossy sheen.
While the Japanese mostly eat shiratama dango as a dessert, they occasionally pair it with soups during the New Year. However you enjoy your shiratama dango, we hope you’ll like the recipes on the following page!”
(Text Vanessa Tai/Recipes ABC Cooking Studio)
Generally, shiratama dango is white. But as New Year is approaching, we have decided to make red and white shiratama dango. In Japan, the combination of red and white is a symbol of congratulations.
Ingredients (4 balls, 2 servings)
A small amount of food coloring (Red)
1. Place shiratamako in a mixing bowl. Pour water little by little while stirring.
2. Knead the mixture until it becomes soft dough. The texture should be as soft as an earlobe. Divide into 4 equal pieces and roll into balls. Add food colouring to two of the dough balls.
3. Place the dough balls into a large pot of boiling water. Keep boiling for about one minute after they rise to the top. Lift out and place into chilled water.
Ingredients (2 servings)
2tbsp soy sauce
1tbsp potato starch
1. Place all the ingredients into a pot and cook over medium heat.
2. Once the sauce thickens and turns glossy, turn off the heat.
Watch the video on how to make Shiratama Dango on Oishii TV!
Ingredients ( 2 servings )
160g Edamame (frozen)
A little Salt
1. Quickly boil the edamame. Remove the shell and peel off the thin skin.
2. Put the beans, sugar and salt into food grinder and grind it. Keep it refrigerator.
3. Place shiratamako and sugar in a mixing bowl. Pour water little by little while stirring. Knead the mixture until it becomes a soft dough. There is a saying that it should be as soft as an earlobe. Divide into 12 pieces and roll into balls.
4. Use finger to make an indentation in the center, so that it becomes ellipse shape.
5. Place the balls into a large pot of boiling water. Keep boiling about 1 minute after they rise to the top. Lift out and place into chilled water.
6. Serve it with edamame paste.
Ingredients ( 2 servings )
3 tbsp Black sesame (Surigoma)
3 tbsp Sugar
1. Place shiratamako in a mixing bowl. Pour water little by little while stirring. Knead the mixture until it becomes a soft dough. There is a saying that it should be as soft as an earlobe. Divide into 12 pieces and roll into balls.
2. Place the balls into a large pot of boiling water. Keep boiling about 1 minute after they rise to the top. Lift out and place into chilled water.
3. Put the balls on plate and mix well with black sesame and sugar.
4. Serve with sesame sauce.
ABC Cooking Studio has 135 studios currently operating in Japan. The studio provides cooking, bread, cake, wagashi (traditional Japanese confectionery) making classes in a comfortable and relaxed environment.In May 2016, after celebrating its first year anniversary, the ABC Cooking Studio Singapore received the Singapore Enterprise Medal of Honour Top 100 SMEs 2016.