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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Palitaw and the Pinoy Politicians

Palitaw ala Kikay
I cooked Palitaw at the office last week. I've been itching to try the pack of rice flour I found at Shopwise and thought I'd try cooking the dessert at the office first. If successful, I'll cook it at home for hubby and kids.

(The truth is out, officemates! You are my just my testers! LOL! Akala nyo ha!)

The recipe is actually very simple and it was even made a lot easier by the availability of instant rice flour. In the old days, anyone who wants to cook palitaw, bibingka, bilo-bilo etc would have to go to the wet market to buy galapong. That is glutinous rice soaked overnight and then ground to a dough-like consistency. The vendor will grind the soaked rice only when you buy it as it needs to be consumed right away to avoid spoilage.

With the rice flour, all you need to do is add a little water to form a dough and viola! You have your galapong na bonggang bongga!

Anyway, as I was waiting for the palitaw to emerge from the boiling coconut milk (I use coconut milk instead of just plain water), I realized the semblance of the dish to our local politicians.

The Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections are slated for next week, and people whom I have NEVER seen or heard before are now parading daily in our neighborhood. They go door to door, introduce themselves and recite tons of promises-that-are-made-to-be-broken-anyway and other political crap.

Why am I not surprised that candidates would even kill just to secure a seat in the barangay? With a meager monthly salary of around Php10,000, they spend millions in the campaign. The other day, there was news that a candidate put a bullet through his mouth due to depression because he failed to get enough funds for his campaign. Dang!

Doesn’t that tell you that corruption starts at the bottom – yes, at the Barangay level? To be that desperate for a position tells me something more than just the itch to serve the Filipino people.

Elections time was like the boiling coconut milk, it makes these politicians float (or sprout) like palitaw. However, the good thing about palitaw is that you enjoy it and you feel satisfied after eating. The politicians who emerge winners later on forget their promises and make our stomachs turn upside down with their corrupt practices.

Anyway, back to my recipe.So how to make palitaw? It's easy.

1. Buy the rice flour from the supermarket (you can ask from your neighbor if you like, hahahaha!)
2. Mix rice flour and water to form a dough.
3. Make disks from the rice flour dough (scoop a little dough, turn into a ball then flatten by pressing your palms together).
4. Boil at least 8 cups of water (or coconut milk as variation if you want the palitaw to taste better!)
5. Drop the rice flour dough into the briskly boiling water (or coconut milk).
6. Wait for the rice flour to float before removing from the pot. In short, hintaying lumitaw. Now you know why it's called Palitaw.
7. Sprinkle with grated coconut.
8. Serve with sugar and toasted sesame seeds (optional).

Do you want to know how to make a politician too? Easy lang din!

1. Start by becoming an actor, actress, newscaster, or child of a powerful family.
2. Learn to sugar-coat all sentences that come out of your mouth.
3. Practice the art of discreet stealing by getting coins out of your piggy bank without breaking it. Improvise! Come on, you can do it!
4. Wave a whole damn lot.

:-) Enjoy! (the palitaw, not the politicians)


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