Daily Prompt / At the Stroke of Midnight Let’s Float!January 2, 2013
At the stroke of midnight, I was home preparing for family and a few friends a form of rice dumpling we call “palitaw”. The word originated from Tagalog word “litaw” meaning to float or rise. It was passed on to me as a traditional practice to cook as part of welcoming the New Year with the age-old belief that it will help bring luck and a prosperous New Year, as such be able to “float in life.” They are made from white, sticky, grinded rice we call “malagkit,” rolled and flattened like flat disks using the hands. When ready, they are dropped into the boiling water until they float. They will then be taken out, dipped again in cold water, then later would have the last drop of water dripped out on a strainer. They are then lined up on banana leaves [optional, see below] where grated coconut would either be sprinkled on them, or they will be dipped in them. Toasted sesame seeds are spread on top of the coconut followed by sugar. It is best with brown muscovado sugar which is made of sugar cane. In many ways and form, the sticky rice is cooked and served in many Philippine houses; stickiness denotes family bonding, belief says.
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