RECIPE: Palitaw


Palitaw means “to surface” and this refers to the flat oval-shaped pieces of rice dough floating to the top of boiling water once they are cooked. This easy palitaw recipe is for making 20 servings.


1 cup glutinous-rice flour (mochiko can be used)
1 cup regular flour
3/4 cup water
1 cup grated coconut
1/4 cup  sesame seeds, lightly toasted
white sugar


1. Combine the  rice flour and water in a bowl until a smooth dough is formed.

2.  Form small balls, each an inch in diameter. Then flatten the balls to a quarter-inch thickness by pressing your thumb in the middle and stretching the dough to make it oval-shaped. (Alternatively, you can use a rolling pin to flatten the dough out and then use a cookie cutter to form oval or round pieces.)

3. Boil water in a deep pan.

4. Drop each oval “tongue” of  dough into the boiling water.

5. Once the flat dough pieces  float to the top, remove from the pan and transfer to a bowl of icy cold water.

6. Remove the from bowl when cool enough.

Palitaw topped with grated coconut, white sugar, and sesame seeds

7. Press grated coconut onto the surface of the oval pieces.
8. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and white sugar.
9. Serve as soon as possible.

*mochiko – Japanese flour made from glutinous or sticky rice