Thursday, March 22, 2007

Putu Piring @ Pasar Malam, Section 17, Petaling Jaya

One of my all time favourite snacks - the humble putu piring. Made from rice flour that is packed into a metal container and filled with gula melaka (palm sugar), it's utterly delicious. I often stop to taste this snack whenever I see it since I have been on a quest to search for the perfect one. Most places I have eaten just don't make it up to standard. For instance, the stalls in front of Giant Kelana Jaya like to pre-make theirs with a quick reheat when a customer orders them. This means you don't get a fluffy cake but one with a sub standard taste to it. Although the girls in front of Bangsar TMC are pretty good, I often find they skimp on their ingredients as the balance of gula melaka (palm sugar) versus the rice flour was not in proportion.

I stumbled on to this stall located inside a roadside van at this night market. The market is popular among students from the nearby Islamic University Matriculation College and the University Malaya students who reside in Section 17 searching for a cheap meal for dinnertime. Run by a couple, the lady has the task of packing the rice flour and gula melaka into the tiny metal container which resembles a "piring" i.e. a plate. It's then placed in a specially built steamer with conical inserts on top of white cotton cloth. Then it's covered with a conical metal lid and left to steam for a while.

As and when orders are placed, they will reach into the steamer and remove the metal containers and cotton cloth squares. Grated fresh coconut is placed on the putu piring and then covered with a square of banana leaf. This is all packed in a plastic and newspaper parcel, ready for you to take home. For additional flavour, this stall covers the stack of putu piring with a square of banana leaf before folding the parcel. Best eaten piping hot, this putu piring was fantastic - the right balance of sugar and flour coupled with a fluffy texture and the fresh grated coconut. Simply sublime for a mere RM0.40 per piece.

Besides this version, there's also putu bambu which is made in cyclinder bamboo containers. So far, the one which I have tasted and kept reverting back to has been the
small stall located in Kampung Baru.

Putu Piring Stall
Pasar Malam Section 17
Along Jalan 17/1A
Petaling Jaya

(Halal. The market is on every Tuesday evening. This stall is tucked inside the night market, at the other end from the Islamic University.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant/stall for writing this review.

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MeiyeN said...

i find it rather to hard to find a good putu piring over here in kl... i usually have mine when i am @ malacca and they are really cheap! :D if not mistaken, rm 1 for few pcs...

D said...

We call this Kueh TuTu here.. not sure of the name's origin but I sure love them as well.

Pink Elle said...

I've tasted some pretty good ones at the Subang Pasar Ramadhan before. There used to be a terribly long queue for her putu piring. I think she sells in the SS13 pasar malam in Subang on Sun nights.

Btw, I tagged you!

Precious Pea said...

So embarassed to say this, but i never tasted putu piring before. Am not very adventurous with Malay kuih, so next time i see then i will try. Now it reminds me of Putu Mayam. Want to buy also dunno where to find.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I normally get my fix from the stall in front of TMC. Again, I'm not very adventurous when it comes to PJ, so thanks for identifying this place!

Flower said...

I used to get mine in Bangsar after my appointment with my dentist there.

Jackson said...

i miss the childhood moment where i like to chase for the putu piring motor. WOnder the taste last time will b the same with these days.....

teckiee said...

I have no idea what putu piring or putu bamboo until a few years back when I went to a pasar malam in PD. Have to go all the way there only found out that this is.

saintmoyzie said...

i just wanna add that this couple sets up their van in USJ 2 Subang Jaya (next to F&G supermarket) every evening except Tuesdays.

there make really good putu piring, especially when eaten hot, the gula melaka flows like hot caramel amidst the fluffy white cake.


boo_licious said...

meiyen - I heard the one in Malacca is very yummy. Lucky you as I don't think I've tried that one before.

d - kueh tutu is slightly harder though as putu piring is fluffy.

pink elle - wow, sounds good.

precious pea - always good to try food. It's similar to putu mayam as it uses the same ingredients.

lemongrass - time to explore PJ?

flower - good memories.

jackson - chase them? Sounds very exciting and I guess it must be good. Nowadays things don't taste the same, it's our change of taste and the ingredients used.

teckiee - yeah, I know that stall. I remember eating there too as that was the only thing to do at PD.

saintmoyzie - thxs for the tip. I ate mine after say 10 to 15 mins and it was really good still.

Hsian said...

The putu bambu / buluh at the Taman Tun Sunday Pasar Malam is quite yummy too!

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