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Mache or Buko Pandan Sweet Rice balls, are very similar to Palitaw (Boiled). The name is derived from the Japanese word Mochi.
I found this recipe from Wikipedia of all places. It was an article about edible pasalubong (gifts in Tagalog) and they broke down all the snacks you can get in specific places in the Philippines. This Mache recipe is loosely based on a Mochi ball. The name is basically a bastardization of Mochi. Which I find quite funny. This one is one of the dying Kakanin that no one is really making anymore. On a rare occasion you may see a street vendor in Laguna selling this by the ball for 3 Pesos each (about 6 cents).
Confession I am not really sure if this is an accurate recipe. I made some assumptions based on how these balls were described in various articles. But I do think these come pretty close as there are no official recipes out there on Mache.
Sweet Glutenous Rice Flour – This gives it that nice sticky texture.
Pandan Powder – Totally optional, but since it’s pretty easy to get, it’s a nice add.
Sesame Seeds – For an unexpected tiny crunch and flavor.
Coconut Milk – This gives it that slight buko (coconut flavor).
Fresh Pandan Leaves – The leaves are a must as the pandan is used in the cooking water for both flavor and a hint of light green color.
Sugar – At the end after all is cooked the balls are rolled in some sugar.
It’s actually very similar to making Palitaw. First you mix together the rice flour, pandan powder and sesame seeds.
Then add in the coconut milk and mix until it comes together into a dough.
Using a teaspoon or small ice cream scoop form the dough into small balls.
Once the balls are formed add pandan leaves into a pot of water and bring up to a boil.
Boil up to 10 minutes until the water is light green and the pandan is very fragrant. Take the leaves out and add in half the balls. Cook until they float up to the top, about 3 minutes.
Fish out the balls and cook the remaining half the same way.
On a serving platter mix together some sugar and pandan powder. Roll the balls in the sugar and eat right away.
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