Steaming hot! : Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring


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A first look at Putu Piring and you’ll definitely be reminded of Tutu Kuehs. These white little Kuehs are about the size of an infant’s palm; perfect as a snack on-the-go. Apparently, Putu Piring is a Malay variation of the Indian snack called Putu Mayam, despite its similarities with Tutu Kueh. Indeed, when i popped a Putu Piring into my mouth, along with a handful of shredded coconut (as light as floss!), i was instantly reminded of Putu Mayam.

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Piring in Malay refers to plate, while the word Putu refers to a traditional steamed rice cake of Southern Indian origins. The Putu Pirings did look like saucers, and can easily pass off as UFOs if left out of focus in the background! I was more intrigued by the way these snacks were steamed. Unlike Tutu Kuehs, these rice cakes aren’t steamed in metal moulds.

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Instead, the rice flour and gula melaka (palm sugar) is suspended on a piece of thin cloth over boiling water, and left to steam for about 10 minutes. The result – piping hot rice cakes that’s perfectly moist, crumbles in your mouth, and oozes with gula melaka. I had my Putu Piring with a heap of chilled grated coconut flesh. Simply sublime!

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The Uncle at the stall has been steaming Putu Pirings for 20 years, and has another outlet just across the road at a coffee shop called Mr Teh Tarik. Come Hari Raya, you can expect a very long queue for this humble little Kueh! The uncle was delightfully friendly and proud of what he was doing. I was even invited into the stall for a closer view of how the Putu Pirings were made.

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After observing the whole process, i must say that it has a rythmic flow to it that comes with years of practice. And as an onlooker, the journey of almagamating the rice flour and gula melaka with steam is simply magic to a muggle.

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Address: 14 Haig Road, #01-08 Haig Road Food Centre

Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm

Prices:

  • Putu Piring – $2 for 5

Rating: 4.5 /5

One response to “Steaming hot! : Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring

  1. Hi there! This is Vanessa, I would like to request permission for usage of some of your photos! How can I email you for the request?

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