February 01, 2012
Palitaw is a popular snack in the Philippines. It's a flat sweet rice cake. I was craving for it the other day so I decided to give it a try.

I followed Panlasang Pinoy's Recipe:

2 cups glutinous rice flour
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
½ cup sesame seeds, roasted
1 cup grated coconut

Cooking procedure:
1. Combine glutinous rice flour with water and mix until a dough is formed.
2. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of dough then mold it into a ball-shaped figure.
3. Flatten the ball-shaped dough using the palm of your hands.
4. Boil water in a cooking pot then put-in the flattened dough.
5. When the flattened dough starts to float, remove them from the pot and set it aside allowing water to drip.
6. Combine sugar and roasted sesame seeds then mix well.
7. Dunk the rice cake in grated coconut then in the sugar-sesame seed mixture.
8. Arrange in a serving plate then serve. Share and enjoy!

Tips from experience:
  • Slowly combine the flour with the water. Don't pour all the water at once. My first try was a huge failure. It was so watery that I couldn't shape it. Epic fail.
  • For those in Singapore, I got the glutinous flour from Shen Shiong for less than $2. A pack of flour is about 12 cups.
  • The grated coconut gets easily spoiled even though the expiration date says otherwise. It was sour smelling already the next day. A waste of $1.20. My next batches didn't include the coconut and it tasted just as good.
  • Remember to let the rice cake cool. If it's still hot and you dip it in the sesame seed and sugar mixture it melts the sugar and it becomes runny and disgusting.

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