Muasi (Ilonggo Palitaw)

Muasi or Muwasi is the Ilonggo version of Palitaw. Muasi, the Ilonggo-style Palitaw is a chewy dumplings made of glutinous rice flour, topped with brown sugar and toasted sesame seeds. It is so delicious and addicting specially with extra brown sugar and toasted sesame seeds. 

Muasi is a delicious so easy to make, made of glutinous rice flour and topped with brown sugar and toasted sesame seeds. Others like to add grated coconut on top or even candied young coconut strips but I prefer mine simple like this recipe. 

Muasi is a chewy dumplings that can found in local public markets in Iloilo City and street vendors. They are usually wrapped in banana leaves in a shallow bamboo basket next to other kakanin like puto, kutsinta, suman and more. It is definitely one of my favorite growing up in Iloilo City. 

This easy and delicious recipe is a must try. Make it and share with family and friends. Save this simple recipe or Pin It for later. 

Don't forget to check related Filipino snack recipes below. Click on the name link below the picture to see complete recipe. 

  • 2 cups glutinous (sweet) rice flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds (I used Japanese sesame seeds)
  • brown sugar (or muscovado) 
  • water for boiling 

  1. In a bowl, combine glutinous rice flour and water. Mix well to combine. 
  2. Using a spoon, scoop a spoonful or a spoonful and a half (if you want it a little bigger) of dough and roll into a ball using your clean hands then flatten into a patty. 
  3. Bring enough water into a boil.
  4. Drop the dumplings into the boiling water and cook until the dumplings starts to rise and floats to the top. Usually, it takes a minute or two. 
  5. Scoop them out and drain excess water. 
  6. Arrange in a serving plate and sprinkle generous amount of brown sugar and toasted sesame seeds. 
  7. Serve warm and enjoy with your favorite beverage. 

(click on name link below the picture to see complete recipe)

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