Putu piring

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Putu piring
Putu piring
TypeSweet dumpling
Place of originSingapore[1][2][3][4]
Region or stateMaritime Southeast Asia
Created byMalay Singaporeans
Serving temperatureCommonly served with bamboo leaves and sweet sauce.
Main ingredientsRice flour or glutinous rice flour,
filled with ground peanuts and sugar, or shredded coconut
Similar dishesMont baung, Bhapa pitha, Puttu, Idli
A hawker in Singapore preparing kueh tutu. Here he is scooping the peanut filling into the flour.

Putu piring is a round-shaped steamed rice flour kueh (dessert) or sweet snack filled with palm sugar popular in Singapore. Commonly associated with Singaporean cuisine, it is usually made using stainless steel molds with a distinctive flower shape. It is a traditional dessert among the Malay community of the country.

There are two variations of putu piring. There is a thicker and rounder version as well as flatter version with a disc-like shape. Its composition can be compared to the cylindrical putu bambu that is eaten in Indonesia, which are steamed using bamboo tube containers instead and are of a different colour.


Putu piring is made primarily from finely pounded rice flour or glutinous rice flour, and contains fillings of either ground peanut or brown palm sugar mixed with shredded coconut. The typical preparation method involves rapid steaming of both the flour and the filling. Once ready, it is served on pandan leaves to give it a sweet flavor and scent.

In the 1980s, the invention of special steam carts and stainless steel molds for making kueh tutu helped to popularize this street snack in Singapore on a wider scale, and saw many kueh tutu outlets selling it in many major supermarkets.[1]

Kueh tutu / Putu mayam[edit]

Putu piring bears some similarities to Kueh tutu, and are often confused as the same dish. However, there are distinct differences. Also unique to Singapore,[5] it is instead filled with coconut or peanut and is smaller in size. Kueh tutu is also eaten without grated coconut. It also leans towards more of a Singaporean Chinese dessert, having been created by Tan Eng Huat, who first sold it in Singapore during the 1930s at Bukit Pasoh Road.[6] There is also putu mayam that is popular with the Singaporean Indian community.[7]

Cultural impact[edit]

A traditional dessert among the Singaporean Malay community, the street dessert has seen international prominence outside of Singapore ever since the 21st century. Putu piring was featured on the Netflix TV series, Street Food (TV series) in Season 1 Episode 8 that featured Singapore.[2] The stall featured was located at Haig Road in eastern Singapore and is owned by fifth-generation owner Nooraisha Hashim.[3] The dessert is also on the Michelin-Recommended List which featured this same stall.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Putu piring". Singapore Infopedia.
  2. ^ a b Tan, John (25 April 2019). "Local putu piring stall featured in new Netflix show Street Food". SPH Digital News. The New Paper. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b De Silva, Aaron (1 November 2021). "From roadside stall to thriving chain: The story of Haig Road Putu Piring". CNA Luxury. Archived from the original on 31 October 2021. Retrieved 7 March 2023.
  4. ^ a b "On The Michelin-Recommended List: Haig Road Putu Piring". MICHELIN Guide. 24 May 2019. Archived from the original on 29 May 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2023.
  5. ^ "Kuih tutu | Infopedia". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. Retrieved 7 March 2023. Kuih tutu is believed to be unique to Singapore.
  6. ^ "Kueh Tutu". www.roots.gov.sg. National Heritage Board (Singapore). Archived from the original on 7 March 2023. Retrieved 7 March 2023.
  7. ^ "Putu Mayam". www.sg101.gov.sg. Singapore 101. 26 June 2021. Archived from the original on 27 September 2022.

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