RECIPE: Palitaw

Since my boy turned 10 this year, I thought of having him help me in the kitchen for simple recipes. It was also timely that fourth graders in their school are now requested to cook simple recipes in their Work Education class. In one of my trips to the supermarket, I found this:

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It pleased me to know that there is rice flour available in the supermarket. So I decided one afternoon to teach my boy how to cook palitaw. To those who are not familiar with this Filipino native delicacy, palitaw is flattened rice cakes sprinkled with grated coconut and sugar. The name comes from the Filipino word litaw because the rice cakes will float on top of the boiling water when they're already cooked.

Cooking palitaw is very easy so kids will need little supervision except when the rice cakes are dropped and taken out of the boiling water. Here are the steps in making palitaw.

Step 1: Mix rice flour with water. The consistency should be thick enough for you to roll the dough into balls later on.

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Step 2: Roll the dough into balls and flatten them.

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Step 3: Drop the flattened dough pieces in a pot of boiling water.

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Step 4: Once the dough pieces float, take them out of the water, wait for them to cool a little, and dry with paper towels.

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Step 5: Roll the pieces in grated coconut.

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Step 6: Sprinkle with sugar and toasted sesame seeds

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Step 7: Serve and enjoy!

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My boy enjoyed eating palitaw because he knows he helped in cooking it. Not only has the experience taught him how to cook this native delicacy, it also gave us the chance to bond. :)

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