May 16, 2017 · Japanese meatballs are called niku-dango (肉団子) which is a direct translation of meat (niku, 肉) ball (dango, 団子). The meat can be beef, pork, chicken, even fish. But in the case of chicken meatballs, Japanese usually call them tsukune (つくね). Fish meatballs are often called tsumire (つみれ). Apr 28, 2020 · Tsukune (Japanese Chicken Meatballs) is a regular Yakitori dish items. Soft and bouncy chicken meatballs are skewered and chargrilled with sweet soy sauce, i.e. yakitori sauce. The key to my soft and juicy meatballs is the grated onion and the amount of fat in the chicken mince (ground chicken).