Filipino Dila-Dila (Mochi Dessert)
In the Filipino dialect of Iilocano "Dila" means tongue. These tender, chewy morsels are made in the shape of a tongue, thus the name. Dumplings are cooked in boiling water and then lightly dusting in coconut, sugar and sesame
Boiling water, as needed 2 c. mochiko (glutinous rice flour) ½ c. sugar 1 tsp. baking powder Pinch salt ¾ c water, as needed 2 c. shredded coconut ½ c. sugar ½ c. sesame seeds, toasted
In a saucepan over medium heat; bring water to a boil. In separate shallow dishes; place coconut and combination of sugar and sesame seeds. In a mixing bowl, combine mochiko, sugar and salt. Slowly add enough water to make a stiff dough. Shape dough into 1-1 ½-inch balls. Flatten balls into the shape of a tongue. Drop several pieces of flatten dough into the boiling water. Dough will float when cooked through. Remove and place in strainer to drain. Cool for ease in handling.
Coat dough with coconut. Sprinkle with sugar and sesame seeds. Serves 8-10.