Jo Anne Sugimoto Recipe

CHI CHI DANGO - Japanese dessert

By Jo Anne Sugimoto sugarnspicetedibears


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Serves:
a gathering of people

Jo Anne's Story

Now here is a dessert that has been around our family table forever. I have since been teaching and making this with my first grand daughter for the past 4 years, she is now 8 years old. She just loves this dessert and started asking to help make it when she was 4 years old.
Chi Chi Dango is so esthetically pleasing to the eye because of the pastel coloring that you can put into the batter, you can make it in pastel shades or more dynamic colors. All you do is use more food coloring for more intensity, the given is for pastel shades. The pink and light green shades are the more popularly used colors.
The name Chi Chi Dango literally means milk dumpling. It is soft, sweet and chewy, it's almost like "comfort food" dessert. It's one of those things that you cannot eat just one.

Ingredients

1 box
mochiko - (16 oz.)
2 1/2 c
granulated sugar
1 tsp
baking powder
1 can(s)
coconut milk (12 oz.)
2 c
water
2 tsp
vanilla extract
red and green food coloring
KATAKURIKO - POTATO STARCH OR
KINAKO - ROASTED SOYBEAN FLOUR
IF YOU CANNOT FIND KATAKURIKO OR
KINAKO - USE THE MOCHIKO FLOUR OR
CORNSTARCH FOR DUSTING. ANOTHER
MEMBER SUGGESTED MAYBE TO USE
POWDERED SUGAR.

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Combine mochiko, sugar, baking powder.
2
Blend coconut milk, water, vanilla extract to the dry ingredients.
3
Add a few drops of red or green food coloring, or whatever color you want to make it. Mix well, so there are no streaks or dots of food color.
4
Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with a non-stick spray, pour the batter and cover with foil, bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
5
Remove from the oven and take off the foil to cool. Cut the mochiko with a plastic knife. Cut them into small pieces approximately 1 x 1 1/2 inches.
6
In a plastic zip-lock bag pour in katakuriko or kinako, add cut pieces of chi chi dango a little at a time, so the pieces will not stick together. Lightly shake them off and place on a serving platter.
7
If you cannot find katakuriko or kinako, you can roll the Chi Chi Dango in cornstarch.

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20 Comments

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Ka'uilani Kim KauilaniKim
Apr 13, 2014
Shasta4ever...


Chichi does mean father in Japanese, but it also means breasts/breast milk. Japanese language has a lot of homophones (same sound, different spelling, different meaning) so it's important to judge the meaning of the word from the context in which the word is used (or if it's written, you can tell from the spelling).
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Sep 19, 2012 - belinda poole shared this recipe with discussion group: Japanese Cooking
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Shastina Ralston shasta4ever
Nov 16, 2011
gyuunyuu= milk
Chichi = father...
i took japanese for 3 years...
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Jo Anne Sugimoto sugarnspicetedibears
Nov 15, 2011
sorry, but chichi means milk : )
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Shastina Ralston shasta4ever
Nov 2, 2011
chichi, means father in japanese, not milk, jsut thought i would let you know. its normaly what you would call your own father when you are little.