Rolled in fresh grated coconut
then topped with Macapuno Balls
Dredged in freshly grated coconut, then sprinkled with
toasted, ground sesame seeds with sugar.
These three snack items, palitaw, bilo-bilo and masikoy, are basically made with glutinous rice flour and water and are made the same way by dropping them in boiling water.
When first dropped into the boiling water, the shaped rice doughs will sink all the way to the bottom of the pot, but it won't take very long before they come up floating to the surface, thus the root word litaw, a Tagalog word meaning to emerge or to surface, where Palitaw got its name. "Lulobog, lilitaw".....what goes down must come up!"
In the province of Pangasinan, where I am from we call this Unday-Unday. Unfortunately, I don't know what that means.