Palitaw sa Latik

Palitaw is a rice dish made with glutinous rice flour dough cooked by boiling it in liquid like water or coconut milk. Cooking is quite simple, you only drop the dough and once it floats it means it’s already cooked, that’s where it got its name from “palitaw” meaning to float.

Usually palitaw is cooked in water then coated with a mixture of grated coconut meat, toasted sesame seeds and sugar. Our recipe today is another way of serving this dish where the glutinous rice cake is cooked in sweetened coconut milk instead of water, it’s also topped with toasted coconut milk curds and served with the sauce used for cooking it.

Palitaw sa Latik
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 200 ml coconut cream
  • 1½ cup brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  1. In a bowl combine rice flour and water mix well by hand until smooth dough is formed.
  2. Pinch a piece of dough then form them into small balls, flatten and stretch into quarter inch thick oval disc. Set it aside.
  1. In a small pot combine coconut milk and coconut cream together, bring to a boil then lower heat to medium. Continue to simmer while mixing until curds appear and liquid turns into oil, continue to cook until curds are brown in colour but not burned, separate oil and curds together. Set it aside.
  1. In a deep pan combine coconut milk and brown sugar, bring to a boil then drop each dough pieces and cook until it floats to the top, remove from pan then set it aside. Repeat this step until all palitaw pieces are cooked.
  2. Pour coconut cream then continue to simmer for 10 more minutes.
  3. Arranged cooked palitaw on the plate, pour the sauce you used for cooking then top with latik (toasted coconut milk curds)



Leave a Reply, your comments are my inspiration

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: