Mitarashi sauce is delicious brushed on Japanese dango dumplings.

Dango dumplings (see recipe) are often eaten during the harvest moon festival in Japan with a sweet and salty mitarishi sauce. Left plain, they're often piled on platters in pyramids and left on the family altar as an offering to the moon. 

Adapted from a recipe by the Nagoya International Center.


  • .25 Cup sugar
  • .5 Cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoon soy cause
  • 1 Tablespoon mirin
  • .5 Tablespoon rice vinegar


  • Total Time: 25 min
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  1. Dissolve cornstarch in water. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan, whisk and simmer until thickened over medium heat. Brush over dumplings.