Mitarashi dango is a Japanese sweet dumpling that Sophie and friends purchase ($4/dozen dumplings) frequently. We have been meaning to make them at home, and this past weekend we did. Every recipe on the internet assured us that the proper consistency for the dough was "soft, like an earlobe." Katakuriko is cornstarch. Sophie was concerned that we didn't make the sauce thick enough, but between the 5 of us we ate the entire batch. If you have a hankering for a slightly sweet dough ball that will make you feel bloated and full for hours, look no further. The traditional accompaniment is green tea--to help maintain consciousness.