Matcha Dango 抹茶だんご

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I’m sure you all know that Matcha and Dango are famous in Japan. The dessert that combines the two is Matcha Dango. The soft taste of matcha and the glutinous texture of dumplings are irresistible.In Japan, there are many stores specializing in matcha green tea and Japanese sweets, and you will often see matcha dumplings sold in such stores. In fact, you can easily make these matcha dumplings at home, and they make a great dessert for your 3 o’clock tea time.I hope you will give it a try!


  • Matcha dumplings are one of the most famous Japanese sweets.
  • Especially famous in Uji, Kyoto and Shizuoka where tea cultivation is flourishing.

Episode In JAPAN

Speaking of tea, there is Kyoto. When it comes to dumplings, Kyoto is the place to be, and the matcha dumpling is one of the most popular Japanese sweets in Kyoto.
Of course, they are sold all over Japan. If you go to a matcha specialty store, you will find matcha dumplings on the menu, and they are one of the most popular desserts among ordinary people. It is also sold at souvenir shops in tourist spots. You can make it at home, or buy it at the store, as it is a perfect dish when you are a little hungry. Please try to find the best matcha dumplings for you in Japan!

The Key Item

The key item in matcha dango is, as you can tell by its color, ”matcha powder.
Originally, matcha was a type of tea leaf called tencha, which was ground into a fine powder by a millstone. In terms of ingredients, it has a high amino acid content and is characterized by its deep and rich flavor and sweetness. Matcha has become synonymous with Japan’s proud tea culture. Since it is not readily available overseas, I used this matcha powder as a substitute to make this dish!

How to make Matcha Dango

Matcha Dango 抹茶だんご

Recipe by Bridge to JAPANCourse: Dessert, DangoCuisine: JapaneseDifficulty: Easy


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A simple dumpling recipe using Glutinous rice flour, matcha powder and water.


  • 150g Glutinous rice flour

  • 120ml Water

  • 2 Tbsp Sugar

  • 12g(1 stick) Itoen Matcha Green Tea


  • Put the glutinous rice flour in a bowl.
    Add the matcha powder and stir well with the sugar.
  • Add water, mix some more, and use your hands to knead the dough.
    Use a spoon to roll out the dough.
  • Fill a pot with water and prepare boiling water.
    When the water comes to a boil, add the dumplings one by one.
  • Wait until the dumplings float to the surface.
    When all the dumplings have floated, turn off the heat (leave it for 2-3 minutes).
    Using a colander, plunge the dumplings into cold water.
  • **Serving**
  • Thread the dumplings onto bamboo skewers.
  • Garnish with vanilla ice cream.
  • It’s ready!

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