Dango! Fun Food!

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    Schroth.Sensei
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    Dango, if you are a fan of Japanese films or anime you’ve probably seen it served at festivals or street stalls. These bite-size morsels can be both a fun treat, and a quick snack for a small boost of energy to get you through the rest of your day! It is a highly recommended traditional treat!

    Dango

    Dango can be found year around and in many places throughout Japan. Dango is typically made from rice flour and formed into small sticky bite-size balls, skewered, then grilled. In some places you can find street stalls set up selling them in traditional-style, where you can buy them nice and hot off the grill (which is great on a cool day). It’s best to avoid having a preconceived notion about the taste (this is true about many foods in Japan, even ones you may of tried in your home county), because it may not taste quite like what you would expect. However, not wanting you to pass up an opportunity to try it, I’ll explain the taste a little bit. Typically, Dango itself is similar to the flavor of rice with a slight sweetness to it (by American standards of sweetness, it may not be very sweet at all, but that’s okay!). Dango is usually served seasoned with something in or on top of it. Some example: sweet bean paste or eggs mixed in, powdered with green tea, or covered in a sweetened sauce made from sugar and soy sauce (like in the picture here). But that’s not all, if you look hard enough in different regions or wait for the right time of year, you may find even more choices! Like many foods in Japan, different regions like to make them special to the area. Sometimes they will add ingredients found only in the local area, or even use different cooking techniques (either way it’s a bonus for the customer who like variety). Then during certain times of year, specific food become in-season and are often used as additional ingredients, or special events that inspire special foods (such as cherry blossom season, when you’ll find flower-inspired multi-colored Dango). As you can see, many choices can be available at any given time. So, if you find yourself hungry and see a Dango stall, give it a try, chances are you’ll find a new snack you’ll enjoy.

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    AzaleeBoy
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    That’s cool – sounds wheelchair friendly too!

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    Schroth.Sensei
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    Unless they add wheat flour (unlikely), it is also friendly to those with gluten-intolerance/allergies!

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