Putu Piring at Jalan Tengkera, Melaka is firmly on the “to eat ” list for anyone making a gastronomic journey to Melaka town. Though I generally avoid blogging about the same places commonly found online, I can’t help writing about this.
Other than Pak Putra Tandoori Chicken and Naan, a 2 hours drive to Melaka is well justified for these marvelous pillowy soft and fragrant putu piring. It is the best I have ever tasted, definitely none like this in any of the 10-15 Ramadan bazaars I visited every year and in any of the local markets.
Here’s a picture of a very happy me. Attainable only with good food. Other than a stack of cash of course.
It is quite easy to locate as well. Just set your waze or GPS to Jalan Tengkera; a long street in Melaka which is quite central and watch out for a line of people standing outside a small house among a row of closed shophouses/houses.
It is also the only shop with any form of activity at the time of the evening.
Business starts at 6.30pm and stays brisk all the way til everything is sold. A whiff of steamed rice flour and gula melaka fragrance assailed my nose the moment I stepped out of our car parked a few metres away.
Though there’s a queue, things are very orderly. For a start, step up to the old man and grab a numbered chip. Then hang around till your number is called.
The putu piring is made upon order. I watched in fascination as the team deftly steamed, assemble and packed packs after packs of steaming hot putu piring for the eager crowd. Though its common to find proprietors of famous or popular food outlets to be stuck up/arrogant, the team here is very friendly and approachable which makes me want to promote their outlet even more! 🙂
For RM1 per piece I daresay its expensive by Melaka or even KL standards. However after one bite into a piece I decided that I would even pay RM2 for it in KL.
It was pillowy soft, with a deep unadulterated aroma of palm sugar. Rather than lazily coarsely grated palm sugar, this was stuffed with lovely fine palm sugar. I was alarmed at first at the amount of sugar in ONE putu, but surprisingly the sweetness was gradual and pleasant, minus the the sugar rush that commonly plague such sugary desserts. Obviously very very good quality gula melaka was used.
On one side is fresh sweet grated coconut while the other side is fine, powdery rice flour. Wrapping it banana leaf while its hot did impart a lovely fragrance to the kuih. This is best eaten fresh not longer than 30 minutes after purchase.
No. 252, Jalan Tengkera, Melaka.
2° 12′ 3″N
102° 14′ 21″E
* This Melaka trip was made possible by Casa del Rio, Melaka. Many thanks to the management for the splendid stay and providing me the opportunity to explore the rich cultural state of Melaka! 🙂
Casa del Rio Boutique Hotel
88, Jalan Kota Laksamana 75200 Malacca, Malaysia