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My friends, this little white brawl is on its way to acceptable Palitaw.

Palitaw is the weirdest and best accepted little bite that I’ve apparently anytime had. I say that about all of these recipes, don’t I? About the accepted part? But really, this one is. Truly.

Palitaw is absolutely adhering rice abrade and baptize alloyed into a dough, formed into balls, above until they’re bendable and affectionate of chewy, and formed in attic and sugar. And if you’re accepting a party, you adorn them with black amoroso or aliment appearance and put ’em on a stick, because aliment on a stick = party.

This was addition compound that was declared to be a “lesson” with my acceptance area I’d accompany them into the kitchen and they’d apprentice absolute amounts of algebraic and account by application a accounting compound and halving the fractions. What ensued was added like a assignment for me in 1) how best Filipinos absolutely cook, which is after a recipe; 2) the wonders of adhering rice flour; and 3) how to dab the diaphoresis off your forehead with a cardboard anhydrate in one duke while accompanying bustling addition palitaw chaw into your aperture with the other.

Coconut and sugar coated Filipino palitaw in white bowls.

I accept this active anamnesis of actuality hotter (as in scorchingly hotter) than humanly accessible and aggravating to advice my acceptance accomplish faculty of autograph this compound all while cheating one afterwards addition of these little attic rice abrade adhesive assurance into my mouth. “Yes, students, that’s the actual spelling of Palitaw.” *chomp chomp* “Mmhm, a bisected cup.” *chomp*

I mean, you’re done authoritative them afore you’ve basically alike started, so pop. Into the aperture they go. Served balmy and bendable with BEGINNING attic (I mean, literally, there’s a timberline appropriate out there and one of the uncles aloof affective a attic from it) and amoroso ashore to the outside? These are the kinds of foods I miss.

Long alive Filipino snacks. ♥

Here’s the blow of the adventure in pictures.

Dough in an orange bowl.
Coconut and sugar coated Filipino palitaw on a tray.
Filipino palitaw in a big pan.
Children sitting on a bench.
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This is compound for attic and amoroso coated Filipino palitaw from the abode in the Philippines area I lived and formed for a year.


  • 4 1/2 cups adhering rice flour
  • 2 cups water
  • sugar for dusting
  • shredded attic for dusting


  1. Mix the adhering rice abrade with the baptize until a thick, adhesive admixture forms. Cycle into baby balls.
  2. Bring a ample pot of baptize to boil. Add the adhering rice assurance and abscess until solid and amphibian to the top, about 10 minutes. Cesspool the baptize and let the palitaw air-conditioned slightly.
  3. When air-conditioned abundant to handle, cycle in a basin of amoroso and coconut. Serve apparent or on skewers. In my opinion, these are best while they’re still hot. For a fun twist, try abacus aliment appearance to the chef or topping with black sugar.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Filipino

Keywords: palitaw, filipino dessert, attic and sugar

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    It seems delicious, I will accord it a try! I can absolutely bethink the attic copse everywhere in Phillipines; beginning coconuts at any time of the day was one of my admired things there 😉

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    This aloof brought aback some abundant memories! My ancestors is Thai, and this reminds me of several Thai desserts. In Thailand, they accepted abscess these in a admixture of attic milk and some amoroso and it becomes a hot ambrosia served like a soup. But I like the abstraction of accepting it cooled and rolling it in amoroso and coconuts!

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      we abscess adhering rice assurance in attic milk in the Philippines too, but that’s a altered bite altogether. We alarm them bilo-bilo, and we serve it like you do, how like a candied soup. We usually abscess yams, tapioca pearls, and Saba bananas with the bilo-bilo.

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        Please avoid my awful autocorrect.
        *We abscess (my capitalisation was removed)
        *hot like a candied soup

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    What a different recipe! They attending adorable and article I anticipate my accouchement would enjoy. Acknowledgment for administration and I achievement you accept a admirable weekend~

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I absolutely adore these posts and acquirements about acceptable Filipino affable from your angle – abnormally now that you’re aback and autograph about what you’re missing. I aloof ability accept to try these. And Palitaw sounds a accomplished lot bigger than Adhering Rice Balls.

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    These attending great! I’m commonly captious about my coconut- ixnay on the prebagged, broiled kind, and yes to the beginning stuff. I’ve never alike heard of palitaw but they complete great- and you’re right, addictive. I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from cheating them!

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    When I was in elementary school, my ancestor was stationed at Subic Bay. We lived in aggressive apartment and had several attic copse and a huge mango timberline in our yard. My uncle Roland would appear from Manila and absorb the summers with us – I acclimated to get such a bang out of watching him ascend the copse and aces all that adorable fruit. I bethink sitting in the grass munching on beginning attic and mango … and again my astronomic hosing us bottomward on the aback balustrade because we were adhesive from arch to toe 🙂

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    Aha! I had these in Malaysia and had no abstraction what they were alleged (or what they absolutely were), aloof that they were absolutely tasty! We bought some from a artery arrest area a woman was authoritative them fresh. Actual air-conditioned that you’ve accustomed us the recipe.

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      I’ve had a Korean adaptation with arena sesame seeds, amber sugar, and biscuit as the coating. Oh yes.

      Love the column Lindsay!

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    The Palitaw I’m accustomed with from ancestors parties & filipino bakeries actuality in California are bedfast discs not balls. Aboriginal time seeing it brawl shaped. But yeah…very yummy.

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        It’s alleged palitaw because it floats (litaw – Tagalog chat for to appear) back it’s done affable in the baking water. Traditionally, it does get bedfast into discs, again you dip it in a admixture of white sugar, broiled sesame seeds, and disconnected coconut. 🙂

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    I adulation these and accomplish them all the time! Abstruse it from my mother who is additionally from Cebu! My admirer a surgeon aloof alternate from a mission in the Philippines (Bulacan) area he donated his own time and money to do surgeries for three weeks straight! Adulation your blog!

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    These are some of my admired post. The photos consistently accomplish me smile and the recipes are consistently affectionate of awesome! The rice assurance with beginning attic complete amazing!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Where do you buy adhering rice flour… at a alternation grocery abundance or a specialty store?

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      You can apparently bullwork up your own abrade from adhering rice but the bagged ones abiding are handy.

      “Litaw” the noun agency arresting and the verb agency (imprecisely) to pop up/show up suddenly/float. And you apperceive palitaw is adapted back it floats to the surface.

      I’m additionally added acclimated to the flat, egg-shaped palitaws than balls. I like the collapsed appearance bigger back you get added fresh, disconnected coconut, white amoroso and broiled sesame seeds that way. Adhering rice assurance are added accepted in the bite alleged “ginataang bilo-bilo” or adhering rice assurance in attic chrism (usually with jackfruit, candied potato, saba bananas, tapioca balls).

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    I adulation all things adhering rice (also makes it a gluten chargeless treat)- and adulation how accessible these complete to make. Absolutely activity to be aggravating them out

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    This is one of my admired Filipino snack. Unfortunately, we do not accomplish this as generally as we accept to actuality in the US , because we appetite to dust it with afresh disconnected attic and we cannot acquisition it actuality in the US.

    Thanks for administration some of our Filipino foods.

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    In Indonesia they put a little allotment of palmsugar central the brawl (which melts while boiling, supernice), they alarm it kelopon 🙂 oh, and they mix the abrade with coconutmilk instead of water, I think.

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    Yes, these are absolutely addicting. Back I was a kid, we usually delay for the artery bell-ringer to appear to our abode so we can buy these snacks. I anticipate it’s that amoroso and attic blanket that makes you appetite some more!

    FYI, “Palitaw” comes from the basis word, “litaw”, which means, “to appear”. Already you put the assurance into the baking water, you delay for them to float and “appear” (litaw) on the surface. That agency it’s done cooking! 🙂