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Palitaw is a flat, smell, sweet rice cake that is one of the favorite food of the Filipinos. Its name is derived from the Filipino word litaw which means "to surface". The name is discriptive of the way the palitaw is cooked. It is made of galapong, a soft dough or batter made with rice flour, the dough is dropped in a casserole of boiling water and then it rises to the surface which indicates that it is already cooked.


  • A cup of sweet rice flour
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • coconut flakes
  • white sugar
  • toasted linga or sesame seeds.


In making palitaw, first, mix the rice flour with water to make a dough, with the dough, make little balls and flatten them. Boil water in a sauce pan and drop the flatten balls into the boiling water. When the rice cakes float, it indicates that they are already cooked. Remove from water and let it cool. Combine with sugar and toasted sesame seeds and coconut flakes. Then serve.