Putu piring is a Malay snack that is commonly found in Singapore and Malaysia. It bears a resemblance to the Indian putu mayam and the Chinese kueh tutu. Putu mayam is from Tamil Nadu, South Indian. Kueh tutu, on the other hand, has its roots in Fujian, China.
Its name, ‘putu piring’ throws light on its origin. ‘Putu’ is most likely derived from a Tamil word for “something made with flour and coconut”, writes an article published in The Straits Times in 1987. ‘Piring’, is a Malay word for ‘saucer’, which probably is a reference to the small conical plates on which the snack is cooked. Hence, putu piring is believed to be adapted from the Indian putu mayam, into the Malay snack it is now known as.
The recipe for putu piring consists of, in the words of Aishah Hashim of Haig Road Putu Piring, “very simple basic ingredients”. The challenge in the past, however, was to get your hands on its steamer, which has to be custom-made.
A white fluffy snack made of ground rice flour with melted gula melaka as its filling. It is eaten with grated coconut as its side and topped with pandan leaves to enhance the aroma. Besides the traditional gula melaka, it now comes with different fillings such as chocolate, and durian.
Rice flour, gula melaka, grated coconut, and pandan leaf.