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Aug 27, 2007 08:40 PM

Where can I find dango?

I was just wondering if anyone knows where I can find these delicious little rice flour dumplings on a skewer. It's been years since I last had it at an international fair at school, and I really have a taste for it.

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  1. Just about every Japanese Obon festival/carnival has them; unfortunately, I think all of the festivals have ended. I'm sure there's some place that has them in J-Town or the South Bay (don't know where though), but they have to be fresh out of the fryer in order to be at their best. They fade fast since they are pretty much like big donuts holes on a stick, so I wouldn't pay to eat them if they weren't at least warm.

    1. I know for a fact you can buy these at the fancy sweets shop in the Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa as we get them for dessert after ramen lunches. They keep them warm and gooey. We have also bought them cold at Marukai and put them on the yakitori grill to warm them.

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      1. re: ErikaK

        Never had any "gooey" dangos before. It's always been crispy and crunchy. I'm wondering if you're referring to sweet mochi or what they call chi chi dangos?

      2. Okinawa dango or andagi as some people refer to them has to be eaten hot and fresh to savor the best results. Eaten cold it is rather hard and oily very similar to buttermilk doughnuts. Many Japanese obon and church carnivals during August and the traditional harvest time customarily have these so-called Japanese doughnuts made to order. Very popular item to take home after all the fun is over and it's time to leave.

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        1. re: Clinton

          I think the dango Stan is referring to is different from okinawa dango (the donuts).

          Someplace in Little Tokyo must sell it. Maybe try calling Mitsuru Cafe in Japanese Village Plaza?
          117 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
          Los Angeles, CA 90012
          (213) 613-1028

          1. re: stacey8989

            I'm assuming that it's probably the chi chi dango which is little pieces of sweet flavored mochi rolled in potato starch wrapped in pieces of waxed paper. We always bring these back from Honolulu as omiyagi from a place called Nisshoddo's.

            1. re: Clinton

              Chi chi dango is the one that comes in different flavors, right? If that's what he wants, Mikawaya & Fugetsudo both make it. You can buy them at those stores or pretty much any Japanese market (though probably not as good as the ones you bring back from Hawaii).

        2. My daughter loves dango ever since she had them in Japan. I get them from Marukai or Nijiya Market. Sometimes they have dango vendors making them fresh at Nijiya on weekends.

          1. Dang, you just missed fresh dangos at the Tofu Festival in Little Tokyo two weeks ago in Little Tokyo. Here a photo.

            More pics of them being made at:

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