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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
Prep Time25 mins
Active Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: filipino dila, chewy morsels, dumplings, coconut, sugar, sesame
Yield: 8 Servings.
Author: Deirdre K Todd


  • Boiling water, as needed
  • 2 c. mochiko (glutinous rice flour)
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 3/4 c water, as needed
  • 2 c. shredded coconut
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 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.

How To Serve:

  • Coat dough with coconut.
  • Sprinkle with sugar and sesame seeds.
  • Serves 8-10.