Putu Piring - Malay Delicacy in Singapore
The name Putu Piring is a combination of Tamil word and Malay/ Indonesian word. Putu originated from the word puttu which means 'portion' in Indian language. In Tamil, Puttu is a breakfast dish and Piring means 'plate' in Malay or Indonesian.
Putu piring is a round shaped Malay cake, made from steamed rice cake filled with melted palm sugar and served with freshly grated coconut. It is eaten once in a while as a snack or when the cravings arise.
It is a timeless traditional delicacy. Simple to eat, no frills about it.
Putu Piring vs Kueh Tutu
Many people often mistakenly referring Putu Piring as tutu cake (kueh tutu). Kueh tutu, another delicacy that is popular in Singapore, is originated from Fujian - China. Traditional kueh tutu has a peanut or coconut filling while putu piring only use palm sugar as filling. Putu piring normally has a bigger size than kueh tutu. Unlike kueh tutu, which is only served on pandan leaf without any sides, putu piring is served with grated coconut that serve as a complement and balance the sweetness of the Palm Sugar (Gula Jawa)
Putu Piring vs Putu Bambu
The ingredients for Putu Piring and Putu Bambu are similar. Both snacks use rice flour, palm sugar and grated coconut as its main ingredients. The main difference is in the way that they are steamed. Putu Piring is made by placing the ingredients in a conical mould which is then placed on a small metal plate and covered with the lid. In order to enhance the steaming process, a scraper or steaming cloth is placed over the plate. On the other hand, Putu Bambu is made by inserting the ingredients into a bamboo tube and placed the entire bamboo tube filled with the ingredients onto the steamer
What makes Putu Piring Girl's Putu Piring different from other Putu Piring?
We will share some unique characteristics of That Classic Putu Piring. This will give extreme joy to those who love generous amount of Indonesian Palm Sugar (Gula Jawa) in their Putu Piring and on the other hand, brings out the 'feedback persona' from the other camp.
Indonesian Palm Sugar (Gula Jawa) is sweet and rich. It is 100% Natural with no added sugar during the thickening process.
Because of its natural colour, it can cause fast discoloration, thus turning the whiteness of the flour to a yellowish state, earning our Putu Piring a title of 'pretty dirty' non instagrammable Putu Piring.
Because of its natural sugary characteristics, it will harden back slightly after it is cool. This creates an opening for food critics to comment on our supposed disability to chop the hard Gula Jawa well and deliberately leaving it in chunks.
Everyone adopts their own unique way of eating it.
Some eat it whole, some cut into very bite size pieces.
Some eat it with a lot of coconut, some don't.
Some eat the coconut first and Putu Piring second.
Some eat it with hands, some eat it with cutleries.
But most of us just open the package and eat it, without a care in the world.
So much for the long introduction but our main focus here is actually about the Premium Grade Indonesian Palm Sugar that we use. Hand Chopped.
No compromise here.
For the new customers, do not be alarmed by the amount of sugar (and joy) that we share with everyone.