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.