RECIPE : Espasol


Espasol is a Filipino rice-flour treat in the shape of a slender tube. It is distinguished not only for having glutinous (sticky) rice as a main flour, but also for being finished with a dusting of rice flour.

This simple espasol recipe yields 4 servings.


1 and 1/2 cups glutinous-rice flour (mochiko can be used)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup gata (coconut milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

*mochiko – Japanese flour made from glutinous rice


1. Lightly toast the rice flour in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Set aside.

2. In a non-stick skillet, boil the sugar, coconut milk, vanilla and salt over medium heat.

3. Add in the toasted flour. Blend and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens and dries. It should soon form into a ball.

4. Transfer the mixture to a board dusted with toasted flour.

5. Use a rolling pin to flatten mixture to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into rectangles.

6. Roll the rectangular pieces in the rest of the flour.

7. Arrange on a serving dish. Wrap in clear plastic until ready to serve.