Chi Chi Dango


Chi chi dango, a mochiko dessert confection, is a soft, chewy Japanese treat that is very similar in taste to mochi. It's traditionally served at Girl's Day or Boy's Day celebrations. It makes a great snack for picnics or parties. This recipe is easy to make, but don't double the directions — follow them exactly as written.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
36 squares


  • cooking spray

  • 1 pound mochiko (glutinous rice flour)

  • 2 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon red food color

  • ¼ cup potato starch, or as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.

  2. Whisk mochiko, sugar, and baking powder together in a bowl.

  3. Combine water, coconut milk, vanilla, and food coloring in a medium bowl. Blend in dry ingredients, then pour into the prepared pan. Cover with foil.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool completely, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  5. Dust a work surface with potato starch. Invert the pan onto the work surface. Use a plastic knife to cut into 36 squares.


The dango mochiko can be sticky to cut. They won't stick as much if you use a plastic knife.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

125 Calories
3g Fat
25g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 125
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 34mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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