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Boiled Rice Cakes (Palitao)


  • 2 cups sweet rice powder (sold in Oriental food stores)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


  1. Combine the sweet rice powder and 1/2 cup water and blend well.
  2. Boil 1 1/2 quarts water in saucepan.
  3. Form the mixture into small balls, flatten, and drop into boiling water. When dough floats, remove from water and roll balls in grated coconut.
  4. Spread sesame seeds on cookie sheet and toast at 350 degrees F until brown.
  5. Mix seeds with sugar and sprinkle on top of palitao.

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