Chi Chi Dango Recipe – Japanese Special

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 Time15 min
  • Cook Time1 hr
  • Perform Time30 min
  • Total Time1 hr 45 min

Chi Chi Dango Ingredients :

  • 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

How To Make Chi Chi Dango


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.


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


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.


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


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