Traditional putu piring is very rare in Singapore. So, hurry down to Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring to taste the last few stalls left in Singapore still making this old school Malay snack.
Lady boss Kak Zeia freshly makes the putu piring by hand at the humble Haig Road stall assisted by several workers. Kak Zeia has been hand making putu piring at the stall since 1985.
Putu is a Southern Indian term for traditional steamed rice cake and piring is Malay for plate. Hence putu piring means "plate shape steamed rice cakes".
There is always a queue at Kak Zeia's stall at Haig Road Market and Cooked Food Centre.
5 pieces of putu piring for SGD2
Steaming hot freshly made traditional putu piring. When I opened the bundle wrapped in brown paper, I could smell the warm sweet aroma from the rice flour, grated coconut and caramelised coconut sugar.
The little steamed rice cake is soft, moist and fluffy to the bite. Inside, there is sweet melted coconut sugar that is not overly sugary. The sweetness is balanced by rice flavour and the taste of lightly salted grated coconut. The floral fragrance from the cut pandan leaves adds to our enjoyment of this treat.
It is addictive and a perfect after meal sweet. Putu piring is also a great tea time snack.
If you are a foodie on tour in Singapore, do not go home without trying putu piring.
Restaurant name: Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring
Address: Haig Road Market and Cooked Food Centre, Stall #01-08, 14 Haig Road, Singapore 430014
GPS: 1.315481, 103.895131
Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Date visited: 23 Apr 2015
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