Essentially, putu piring and tutu kueh are the same. Both are made with rice flour packed into a mould with some filling before they are steamed that are best eaten immediately. Putu piring is most known to be filled with gula melaka (palm sugar) and generally has a looser, less dense mouthfeel compared to tutu kueh, which is commonly stuffed with peanuts or shredded coconut. Either way, these steamed cakes are popular traditional snacks that we often had in our childhoods.
There aren’t many stalls that sell putu piring or tutu kueh left, unfortunately, in part thanks to the intensive labour required to make them. But with what we have left, let’s enjoy them to the best of our heart and belly’s desires.