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No.033 Mitarashi dango
[Sweet and spicy mitarashi sauce made with cricket extract]

Cooking time: 30 minutes

“Grillus Kitchen” that delivers recipes using Grilus cricket ingredients
This time, we will introduce “Mitarashi Dango”, which is delicious with sweet and salty mitarashi sauce!

"Mitarashi dango" is written in kanji as "Mitarai dango".
Every summer, the Mitarashi Festival is held at Shimogamo Shrine, where the Mitarashi River flows. It seems that it has come to be called.

We will introduce a recipe for fluffy dumplings made by adding silken tofu to shiratama flour, and sweet soy sauce sauce on top cooked with "grilas extract".
Great for picnics and potluck parties during the warm season.


  • Shiratamako (finely crushed)
  • silken tofu
  • Gryllus extract (A)
    4 tablespoons
  • Mirin (A)
    2 tablespoons
  • Sugar (A)
    4 tablespoons
  • Potato starch (A)
    2 tablespoons
  • water

How to make

  • Put shiratama flour and silken tofu in a bowl and mix.
  • Knead until it forms a lump.
  • Divide into equal parts and boil in boiling water. When they come to the surface, boil for 2-3 minutes, then plunge into cold water and drain well.
  • Put (A) in a pan and mix over medium heat until thickened.
  • Arrange ① on a plate and add ③.

So crickets!

"Grillus Extract" is a seasoning liquid that concentrates the deliciousness of domestically produced Futahoshi crickets.
It has an excellent balance between the umami of seafood such as oysters and the salty taste, and can be used like soy sauce.

In addition to mitarashi sauce, you can also use it for strongly seasoned dishes such as teriyaki sauce.
You can eat it deliciously even if the surface of the dumpling is baked to the extent that it is browned.

Why Cricket?

The protein crisis that will occur in the future and the food loss problem that is currently occurring mainly in developed countries. In order to solve both of these problems, Grilas grows edible crickets using food waste as food.

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