Putu piring

3/21/11

Ladies at the putu piring stall
Making putu piring
The putu piring is steamed in these cones to give the cake its shape
Left: putu piring, Right: cross-eyed cat that joined us for breakfast

In a corner of the S11 Food Center on Geylang Road is a small food stall selling putu piring, a traditional Malay pastry. Putu piring is a small cake made of tapioca flour, which is filled with palm sugar and steamed in a special cone-shaped container to form a round little cake. It is served with banana leaf and shaved coconut. Putu piring has a soft, fluffy texture and tastes like brown sugar. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. 

For S$1 you can get three of these cakes bundled in a brown piece of paper. They make for a delicious late breakfast (the food stall opens at 11 am), although they would make for a great snack anytime of the day. Watching the ladies make these quickly as you order them is pretty neat, too. 

11 comments:

  1. I love putu piring! Kueh tutu is also something like putu piring, but the stuffing is a little different. I wanted to be a kueh tutu seller when I was a kid. Yum yum yum.

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  2. So did you visit the Malay Village which was directly opposite the putu piring stall? If you walk a bit upstream you will find the Geylang Serai Market (2nd floor). Glorious malay food~

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  3. @whiteduskred we didn't check out the Malay village because it looked pretty boring. Is it worth a visit? We didn't check out the food market but next time I'm in the area I will go.

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  4. Well thats actually a question going through my mind... what were you doing in my part of town? Just to get Putu Piring? The Malay Village is absolutely boring but worth a short walk since you were already in the area. Just to confirm the boringness~ I like Arab Street more.

    If you ever do visit Geylang Serai market just check out the stalls with the longest queues~ And try to go on a Saturday afternoon~

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  5. Yep, jut getting Putu Piring. Favorite breakfast EVAH!

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  6. I am craving big time for puttu piring now. Again amazing amazing photography!! :) Should be in a coffee table book.

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  7. @whiteduskred yup, getting putu piring and strolling down Joo Chiat. I'm going back to buy a bike this weekend at a little bike shop. I don't live too far, either.

    @notabilia thanks for introducing it to me. I'm thinking if I run there, and back, I won't feel so gross after eating it ;)

    @bookjunkie thank you very much. I still have a long way to go.

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  8. Find yourself some putu mayam the next time you visit the area. I know a stall in the Geylang Serai market sells it.

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  9. wow the putu piring in singapore looks very commercialized. i only see putu pirings being sold in markets back home in Malaysia.

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  10. Has this store close down already?

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  11. Hi Miss Julia, I'm not sure since I haven't returned since I posted this blog. They open at 11 am.

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