Kushi Dango vs. Shoyu Dango vs. Mitarashi Dango Dumplings

Yesterday, I stopped by a 7-Eleven convenience store on the way home and bought this Kushi Dango (串団子) for 116 yen.

Kushi Dango Dumplings from 7 Eleven

The product has the name 串団子, but I found the Wagashi sweets inside are Mitarashi Dango (みたらし団子) or Shoyu Dango (しょうゆ団子).

Kushi Dango vs. Shoyu Dango vs. Mitarashi Dango

Kushi or Shoyu or Mitarashi Dango

So these dumplings are both a Kushi Dango and a Shoyu or Mitarashi Dango, but how exactly do the three types of Dango differ?

Kushi Dango (串団子)

Kushi Dango

First, according to Kotobank, Kushi Dango/串団子 refers to skewered Dango dumplings, as Kushi (串) means a skewer in Japanese.

Therefore, Dango varieties other than Mitarashi Dango or Shoyu Dango can also be Kushi Dango if served on the skewer.

Shoyu Dango (しょうゆ団子)

Shoyu & Plain Dango

Next, based on this article on Wagasshi, Shoyu Dango refers to Dango dumplings applied with a soy sauce-based sauce, as しょうゆ/醤油 is the Japanese word for soy sauce, which can be both savory and sweet.

In other words, Shoyu Dango has a broader sense than Mitarashi Dango, and the latter can belong to the former category.

Mitarashi Dango (みたらし団子)

Kushi or Mitarashi Dango

Last, Mitarashi Dango refers to Dango dumplings glazed with a thick sweet soy sauce called Mitarashi-An/みたらし餡 combined typically with Katakuriko starch, sugar, and mirin.

As mentioned above, Mitarashi Dango is a kind of Shoyu Dango and usually comes on a skewer. So this Dango variety is also almost always a Kushi Dango.


7 Eleven Kushi Dango Ingredients

Incidentally, the specific ingredients used in this Kushi (or Shoyu or Mitarashi) Dango are as follows.

Joshinko flour (Uruchi non-glutinous rice), Sugar, Soy sauce, Kombu seaweed stock, Bonito stock, Trehalose, Sorbitol, Modified starch, Glycin, pH adjuster, Seasoning (including Amino acid), Enzyme (Partially including Egg, Wheat, and Soybean)


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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