This Indonesian Bamboo Cake stall is located along Trengganu Street just opposite Fatty Weng Restaurant. Not sure how I could have neglected its existence for such a long time and to think I still call myself a putu piring (kueh tutu) fan, haha.
For those not from this part of the world, well, putu piring or kueh tutu is actually a traditional steamed rice flour sweet snack that is filled with palm sugar (also known as gula melaka) and is commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
S$2 for a pack of 3 bamboo cakes which were basically cylindrical versions of kueh tutu filled with gula melaka and topped with grated coconut and orange-coloured palm sugar.
These were simply delicious and so-very-satisfying as compared to the regular kueh tutu because they were bigger, thicker, more substantial and yet still had that melt-in-the-mouth texture. The gula melaka filling was sweet (not in an overwhelming way), fragrant and almost caramel-like. The grated coconut and orange sugar topping gave a really good contrasting crunch too.
Besides bamboo cakes, the stall also had a limited selection of other traditional kueh kueh that were made with all-natural ingredients and contain less sugar. Worth a try when you’re in Chinatown! 🙂
Indonesian Bamboo Cake
Trengganu Street, Chinatown
Opening hours: 12.00pm to 8.30pm daily