Palitaw is a popular Filipino street food made from “galapong” – a dough made by combining sticky rice flour and water. “Palitaw”, in the Filipino language, means to bring to the surface, to float, to make it appear. It is aptly named so because when the dumpling is dropped in boiling water, it floats or appears on the surface when it is already cooked. It is then rolled in freshly grated coconut and sprinkled generously with sugar and toasted sesame seeds before serving.
2 cups glutinous rice flour
1 cup water
1 ½ cup grated coconut
½ cup sugar
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
Mix the glutinous rice flour and water in a mixing bowl. Knead until you have a smooth dough that holds together. Pinch about 1 tbsp of the dough, roll into a ball and flatten into patties. Set aside.
Boil a pot of water. Drop the flattened dumplings into the pot , let boil, and wait for them to rise to the surface. Scoop them up and let them drain for a while.
Mix the sugar and toasted sesame seeds together.
Roll the cooked dumplings in grated coconut and sprinkle with the sugar and toasted sesame seed mixture.
Serve and enjoy!
Recipe & Photography by Tenthousandthspoon