Palitaw is a sweet rice cake, or a sticky rice dumpling made of sweet rice flour. Before it is served, it should be coated with grated coconut, sugar, and toasted sesame seeds. It is a Filipino dessert that is very simple to make and contains ingredients that are readily available from most Asian markets.
The word “Palitaw” means “to appear” or “to surface.” It was derived from how the dough reacts after a few seconds of being dropped in the boiling water. Not to confuse you, there was another word associated with this dish — “Lulubog” and it literally means “to sink” or figuratively means “to disappear.”
It’s funny how people started referring to other people they know as “Palitaw – Lulubog-Lilitaw.” Not because they think of them as food, but because of their character. One will just disappear on their loved ones and will reappear when trouble comes but I digress.