Sometimes, you get a craving for food that you don’t know even know where it comes from. Well, for this one, I had a slight idea. We were so hungry over lunch a couple of days ago that we resorted to some quick kakanin (rice) snacks that was for sale. I had puto bumbong and bibingka. And I did love the sweet coconut topping that soon after, I began to crave for palitaw.
Palitaw is one of the simplest rice cakes to make. Literally, litaw means to appear, or in this case, float up, as a sign of being cooked. The flat rice disks are dropped in boiling water, and the little buggers float up to the surface once they are cooked, hence, palitaw. It was after mass that I decided I wanted this. We just needed to buy some coconut to do the job.
As soon as we got home, I searched in my pantry for some sticky rice flour and added water to make it the right consistency. Not too wet, not to dry. This was made into flat disks, about 2 inch by 2 inch. This was then dropped in boiling water, and removed once it floated to the top. Top with a sprinkle of grated coconut and some sugar (add toasted sesame seeds if you want) and then you have it. Such a simple and guilty free snack. 🙂