Palitaw means “to surface or to float”. It is also the name of a popular Filipino snack, flat oval-shaped pieces of rice dough cooked in boiling water until they float to the surface.
Palitaw is one of the best meriendas (snack) and panghimagas (dessert) in Philippines. It’s a chewy sweet rice cake made from malagkit (sticky rice).
Making this yummy snack is pretty easy, we make this once or twice a week. You’ll enjoy it paired with, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or milk, with cold drinks like Lemon Grass Ginger Ice Cold Tea.
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2 cups glutinous rice flour
1 cup grated coconut
½ cup sesame seeds, roasted
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
Combine glutinous rice flour, water and mix until dough is formed.
Scoop out 2 tbsp. of dough and roll it into a ball.
Flatten the ball using the palm of your hands to make it oval shaped.
Bring water to boil in a large pot.
Drop in flattened dough. It will sink to the bottom.
When the dough floats up remove from water with a slotted spoon, drain, and set aside.
Combine sugar and roasted sesame seeds and mix well.
Roll the rice cake in grated coconut then in the sugar-sesame seed mixture.
Arrange in a serving plate.
Serve with hot or cold drinks.
Share and enjoy!