Okayama is famous for many things, specifically Momotaro, the peach boy, but also for kibi dango. Kibi dango is a variation of the Japanese dessert, dango. Dango is simply mochi, a gluttonous rice cake that is formed into a ball. It is often on a stick with various toppings. Kibi dango is famous in Okayama and made of a different type of flour, rather than rice. When going to Okayama, you can’t go through the station without seeing kibi dango for sale. They often have Momotaro characters with it but in all honesty, I don’t think it is the best dessert Japan has ever produced. In fact, kibi dango is very plain for Japanese desserts. There is one variation that is specific only to Korakuen. Korakuen is one of the 3 famous gardens in Japan and in Okayama’s Korakuen you can buy a special kibi dango. Korakuen produces its own kibi dango that comes with kinako, a type of roasted soy bean flour. It is a nice powder and it makes kibi dango taste even better. When I was at Korakuen, I didn’t buy their kibi dango but I did have a chance to try it as I was at the tea shop enjoying some tea. With the tea, you get a small sample of kibi dango to go with your tea. It was nice and light and not as sticky as regular dango. I do prefer it a little more than other types of dango but since I’m not a huge fan of dango to begin with, I don’t know if I’d recommend buying it. If you do have a chance and you want to take a load off, try the kibi dango from Korakuen. If you don’t, don’t worry as it isn’t something you have to do when in Okayama.
Duly noted Sir. 😉
I think a short 2 hour trip to Okayama is good enough for you. A quick look at the park and a 1 hour rest in the tea house. You’ll enjoy it. Raime however… Let him run around the park on his own while you enjoy the tea. 😉
It’s made with millet flour? Now I’m curious.
PS: I love kinako. Especially with ice cream. Though umeshu with ice cream is better. 😀
Yes it is. Just order some online so you don’t have to go to Okayama, unless you are taking a zebra painted bike on the Kibi Plains. 😀
Oh, make it a kinako umeshu ice cream. 😉