Indian Dessert: Putu Mayong & Putu Piring @ Pulau Tikus

Written by Lingzie

Topics: Dessert, Indian Food

Putu Mayong and Putu Piring have been a family favourite since I was young. I was first introduced to it by grandpa who is definitely a lover of these simple yet delicious Indian dessert. Made up of rice flour and then steamed, these are then eaten with a mix of dessicated coconut and brown sugar.

And when the sun bids us farewell as it makes way for the moon, a quiet unpretentious stall starts its brisk business in the heart of Pulau Tikus, hawking putu mayongs and putu pirings.


Putu Mayong looks similar to vermicelli or bee hoon but do not let it fool you, for its texture is much much softer. The rice flour batter is placed into a dispenser and then pressed out into strands (quite similar to the way roti jala is being shaped).


Best eaten hot immediately after it’s steamed, these rice flour ‘cakes’ simply melt in your mouth!


The stall owner here packs the brown sugar and dessicated coconut separately so you can adjust the sweetness to your liking.


Mix up the coconut shreds and the brown sugar, wrap them in the putu mayong and enjoy! The dessicated coconut adds a slight salty, rich taste to the otherwise sweet brown sugar, a match made in heaven indeed!


Meanwhile, the putu piring is essentially the same thing but is shaped differently and has brown sugar in the middle. Unfortunately, the putu piring at this stall runs out pretty quickly so I don’t usually get the chance to have this.


I can never decide which I like better – the putu mayong or the putu piring! Indeed a delicious and cheap snack! I don’t see many places selling this anymore which is quite sad. Fortunately, there is this stall where I can easily lay my hands on a fresh batch of putu mayong!

Putu mayong and putu piring available at RM1 per packet (has about 4-5 pieces of putu mayong in one packet). This stall is located at Sin Hup Aun Cafe/kopitiam which is located opposite the big car park at Pulau Tikus market. This is the same kopitiam which is famous for its Indian Mee Rebus in the mornings. Closed on Tuesdays.

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  1. Allie says:

    I miss this snacks! must go grab some to eat now for my supper.

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  2. jasmine says:

    i always get my indian snacks from this uncle when I’m in Penang… and am always amazed with how fluent his hokkien is!

  3. Putu piring and putu mayong are very hard to get nowadays. I used to buy putu piring from the indian stall at Jelutong there. So far haven’t try out the one at Pulau Tikus, have to try out´s last blog post..Take The Money Yourself @ Mayang Pasir Chicken Rice Stall

  4. yeahhh.. i so miss this one. Their’s is one of the best i think..

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  5. little inbox says:

    Hi Lingzie, wishing you and your family Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  6. lilliput says:

    Hi Lingzie, great food reviews! I love putu piring and putu mayong but I think they still use newspaper to wrap it with, right (shudders)?
    Merry Xmas

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  7. myf says:

    definitely a favourite… so lucky to have this food in malaysia!

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  8. Linda says:

    Only RM1 in Penang…. here in Bukit Mertajam already went up to RM1.20 per packet months ago. And they even have no seperate packaging for the brown sugar and coconuts. Definitely a treat once in a while for supper.

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  9. FAD Mom says:

    oh i missed these authentic food… i used to patronize the one at a corner coffee shop next to Bangkok Lane… sold at night only. Pulau Tikus is food heaven, my home.

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  10. fion says:

    can i have the recipe for both of this desert?

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