Dango Jiru or Dago Jiru is a Traditional dumpling soup from many prefectures in Japan. Depending on prefecture, it is called differently. For instance in Ōita it is called Dango Jiru and in Kumamoto it is called Dago Jiru, etc… The shape of dumplings differs from house to house. Some people take time to stretch out the dumplings into long Udon-like noodle shape. Some people make it into flat round shape. Some people just tear it into the soup. Moreover, some people put chicken and vegetables. Most people use Taro potato, Daikon radish, and Gobo (burdock root) but they are not a must. Please take it easy and try it out in the way you like! Fun to make with kids as well 😉
FYI: You can use any Dashi product. I used this one.
RIKEN Kombu Dashi Powder (リケン 素材力だし こんぶだし)
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Number of servings: 2~3
1 US cup (120g) all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 US cup (60ml) water
200g (7oz.) potato (taro potato)
50g (1.7oz.) carrot
50g (1.7oz.) Shiitake mushrooms
2.5 US cup (600ml) water
2 tbsp. Awase Miso
chopped green onions
1. Let’s make Dango first. Put flour and salt in a bowl. Add water little by little then mix well. Make a bite-size Dango (small flat round dumplings) then cover with damp cloth and rest while cutting vegetables.
2. Quarter slice potato. Half slice carrot. Remove the stems and slice Shiitake mushrooms.
3. In a large pot, put water and Dashi. Add vegetables and cook on medium for about 7 minutes until soft.
4. Add Dango and cook on medium for about 5 minutes until cooked through.
5. Stop the heat and add Miso (dilute with cooking liquid). Then cook for a few seconds (do not boil over) until hot.
6. Serve in a bowl and garnish with chopped green onions.
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