Image : Goo Blog Takeo Actually, Kibidango is a traditional Japanese rice dumpling famous as a specialty of Okayama Prefecture, where the small, soft, sweet rice dumpling is one of the most popular souvenirs. Kibidango has a gentle, refined sweetness and is very soft in texture, which are somewhat similar to those of soft gummy candies. Image : hokkaidolikers. Actually, there is one more famous Kibidando in Japan, which is completely different from that of Okayama. Tags: Dango. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
Kibi-dango or millet dumpling is one of Japanese traditional rice cake invented in Edo era, made with millet flour, sticky rice flour, and sugar, which is particularly popular in Okayama Prefecture Chugoku region, located in the middle of Hiroshima Prefecture and Hyogo Prefecture. Kibi-dango has been mentioned in the ancient legend of Momotaro , a legend that is known to all Japanese, told that Momotaro gave kibi-dango to dog, monkey, and pheasant who agreed to help him in his quest. It made kibi-dango gained its popularity across Japan. In Tokyo, you can get a halal-certified kibi-dango at Tottori-Okayama Shimbashi-kan! Have it in set 1 set contains 3 flavors to compare each taste! One set with price 1. Each flavors has its own character. White box with Momotaro, pink box with a girl, and green box with a grandfather which is a matcha craftsman character. Once you open each box, you will find a cute kibi-dango, in easy-to-eat-size, wrapped with characterized paper wrap. Pink one has slightly sweetnes from peach as well as has aroma of peach.
One Popular Japanese Confection, Kibi-dango!
Kibi dango are simple Japanese sweets that are deeply rooted in Japanese culture. They consist of sticky dough that combines rice and millet flour, and the combination is then shaped into large round balls. Their history is intertwined with Okayama, where they were first offered as gifts at the Kibitsuhiko jinja shrine. A bit later, in the midth century, local merchants started selling kibi dango as simple everyday sweets. In the late 19th century, when Okayama became an appealing tourist destination, the sweets were marketed as an authentic local souvenir. From their original form that included a square-shaped wrapper and a red bean filling, kibi dango were transformed into round balls that contained no fillings.
Momotaro is a famous Japanese folk tale everyone has heard of or read about. Momotaro which means Peach Man came to Earth inside a giant peach, which was found floating down a river by an old woman who was washing clothes there. The woman and her husband thus named him Momotaro. Momotaro eventually leaves his parents to fight a band of evil Oni Demons with horns in a distant land. On the way, he meets a talking dog, monkey and pheasant that agree to help him in his quest after they share the Kibi-dango his mother made for him.