Palitaw (Literal translation: to float/rise above) is a sweet rice cake made out of malagkit (glutinous rice) perfect for breakfast or merienda (snack time) and may even be served as dessert. Whenever I see one, I’m reminded of Christmas time when rice cakes of all sizes and colors would be paired with hot coffee or chocolate while funny stories are being exchanged between relatives who haven’t seen each other in a while. I’m also reminded of summertime when children would come home late in the afternoon, smelling of sweat and sun, exhausted and hungry from a long day of playing, with wide grins and just a hint of mischief in their eyes. Merienda time doesn’t last long on days like that.
The malagkit used in making Palitaw is traditionally soaked overnight so it would have a dough-y consistency. This “dough” is then sliced up to patties and cooked in boiling water. You’ll know it’s done when the patties would float, thus the name. Afterwards, you could roll the patties in desiccated coconut and sugar mixed with sesame seeds or set these ingredients on the side and allow your guests to customize their palitaws according to their preferred taste. Variations have been made to this delicacy over the years, with one in particular that we want to write about.
Unlike the usual thin patty form, this Special Ube (Purple Yam) Palitaw is shaped like a munchkin with a delicious ube center that melts in your mouth. If you know anyone with a sweet tooth, this delicacy would just feel at home on their list.
This particular Ube Palitaw we are featuring will not only captivate your taste-buds but it’ll take your hearts along with it. This is actually an effort to raise funds for a lady who has been going in and out of the hospital since a major operation. We are doing this in support to her and her family. If you’re interested in ordering, don’t hesitate to contact this number: 09360636443
You won’t regret it!