Palitaw (Sweet Rice Cakes) Recipe -
Palitaw (Sweet Rice Cakes) Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Palitaw (Sweet Rice Cakes)

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"This sticky, chewy dessert is very easy to make and can also be served as a snack."

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Original recipe makes 20 cakes Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    50 mins


  1. Mix the rice flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and the water together in a bowl into a soft dough; set aside.
  2. Stir 1/2 cup sugar and sesame seeds together in a small bowl. Toss the coconut with the salt together in a separate bowl.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  4. Take a portion of the soft dough and roll it into a ball between the palms of your hands. Pull lengthwise and shape into a tongue. Drop into the boiling water. The cake is ready when it floats. Scoop it out with a strainer and roll it in the sugar and sesame seed mixture. Place it on a serving platter. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Top the cakes with coconut and serve warm.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 09, 2010

These are delicious, but to make them even better, try adding a can of coconut milk or cream to the water that you boil them in. This will give the cakes a strong coconut flavor

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 24, 2011

Don't know what was wrong but I followed the recipe and had to double the flour and then it just did not taste right. Not sure what I was expecting but did not like it. Maybe need to go buy one asnd compare


11 Ratings

May 12, 2010

I liked how simple and inexpensive it was to make these. Just like the ones I buy from my local Asian grocery store. I did have to add more flour for a thicker consistency and I did not ball them in my hand. I used a melon baller, scooped them into boiling water then stretched them after they were cooked, as I did a coating of coconut. I would also modify and use 1/4 tsp salt rather than 1 tsp. It was too salty for my taste. After modifying the recipe they were great though! Reminds me of the treats mama would buy for me in the fish market when I was growing up :)

Aug 25, 2010

I like the taste but using the recipe provided, I ended up with a really gooey palitao so I ended up having to add more rice flour until it was hard enough to form balls with. I love the taste though. It's exactly how I remembered it. Thanks for the recipe!

Feb 04, 2011

The measurements are all wrong. 1 cup of glutinous rice flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water results in pancake batter consistency. Also scooping it out of the strainger into the sugar/sesame seed mixture results in a sticky gooey mess that clumps up the sugar in the bowl and hardens into lumps of sugar crystal on the balls when cooled. Fail all around from ingredients down to the directions.

Aug 16, 2010

i love this!!! thanks for the recipe!

Dec 13, 2011

Lola, I don't know how this recipe ended up being the nice dish pictured herein... I followed your directions exactly as written but all I ended up with is a bowl of waste. looks to me like the ingredients were not given in the right proportions.

May 24, 2012

Easy and simple. Always made this for Filipino parties. One of my favorite desserts.


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  • Calories
  • 197 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 4.3 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 265 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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