Tutu kueh is a steamed, bite-sized rice cake packed with filling (usually coconut or peanut). It is essentially the same as putu piring, which is also made with rice flour packed into a mould, except that putu piring is usually filled with gula melaka. While these are heritage hawker snacks, they aren’t exactly easy to find anymore, no thanks to the intensive labour required to make them. To help you with your search in Singapore, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite stalls serving tutu kueh and putu piring, so you know exactly where to go to satisfy your craving!
Tutu kueh is one of those old-school snacks that are getting increasingly hard to come by. However, you can still find them at Du Du Cooked Food, a popular stall selling old-school tutu kueh with coconut and peanut. Here, each tutu kueh is made fresh to order, and their rice flour is freshly pounded each day using an old-school machine from the 1960s. Apart from the regular-sized tutu kueh, you can also get an XXL version here. Best enjoyed piping hot!
Address: 22B Havelock Road, #01-05, Singapore 161022
Opening Hours: 7 am–1 pm Tues to Sat. Closed Sun & Mon
You might’ve seen this humble stall featured on Netflix’s Street Food, and it has also earned a Michelin Recommendation! Now helmed by its fifth-generation owner, the freshly made steamed cakes here are incredibly addictive, with a soft shell that breaks apart easily to reveal a caramel-y palm sugar filling. There are also other flavours available, such as brown coconut, chocolate, durian and cheese.
Address: Multiple outlets
Kia Xiang is famous for their kueh tutu which attracts customers to their stall all day long. The Peranakan pastry is made from steamed rice flour and stuffed with ingredients. Every piece is made fresh with a lot of care and attention, and they come in coconut and peanut flavours. The filling isn’t too sweet, and the exterior is soft and fluffy. Dig in as quickly as possible for the best experience!
Address: 38A Beo Cres, #01-88, Singapore 169982
Opening Hours: 6:30 am–2 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Lauded as the OG of all tutu kueh stalls in Singapore, Tan’s Tu Tu Coconut Cake has been around for 91 years, making it the oldest-running tutu kueh business in Singapore. Now helmed by second-generation owners, the steamed rice cakes here are soft, fluffy and comes with a slight chew. There are four flavours to savour – original (white coconut), coconut, peanut and chocolate.
Address: 22B Havelock Rd, #01-25, Singapore 162022
Opening Hours: 12:30–3 pm Mon to Wed, Fri & Sat. Closed Thurs & Sun
Also known as Tutu Papa, Mr Ho has been delectable pieces of tutu kueh to diners for over 50 years. Now based in a humble stall in Bendemeer, he has loyal customers from all over Singapore who don’t mind a wait. Apart from making everything fresh, the rice flour here has also been roasted to impart additional fragrance. The coconut is also special, made with gula melaka instead of the usual sweet red sugar!
Address: 27 Bendemeer Rd, Stall 7, Singapore 330027
Opening Hours: 2–7 pm Tues to Fri, 9 am–4 pm Sat. Closed Sun & Mon
Putu piring has got to be one of the more underrated local delights. As we’ve mentioned earlier on, they are essentially the same as kueh tutu, but while kueh tutu is filled with coconut or peanut, putu piring is filled with gula melaka. But at Aziza Putu Piring, you will also find putu piring with unconventional fillings such as durian or nutella!
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-02, Singapore 440084
Salaz Putu Piring is just a short walk away from Masjid Sultan, so it makes a great spot for a small snack while you’re in that part of Singapore. The classic gula melaka is the only flavour available here, and while it isn’t as gooey as Haig Road’s, it still makes for a delightful bite!
Address: 13 Pahang St, Singapore 198614
Most people head to Queensway for a good deal on sporting goods or a good bowl of laksa, but if you’re craving a sweet treat, make sure to head over to Queensway Lau Tan Tutu Kueh, which has over five decades of history! Apart from coconut and peanut, the steamed rice cakes also come in interesting flavours like red bean and chocolate.
Address: 1 Queensway, #02-47, Singapore 149053
Opening Hours: 11 AM–8:30 PM daily
Putu Piring Express has an outlet in Hillion Mall, so fans in the West need not travel too far for their fix of the steamed rice cake treat. Take your pick from original brown sugar or chocolate flavour. The brand also does live events, so if you want a putu piring station at a party or special occasion, you know who to call!
Address: 17 Petir Road, #01-18, Singapore 678278
Chub Tutu is an online stall that also does pasar malam events from time to time. Founded in 2016 by Dennie, who started off by introducing five creative flavours to attract kids and the younger generation to try this traditional local snack, today the brand has over 90 creative flavours in both sweet and savoury! These range from more conventional ones like coconut and gula melaka, to special flavours like osmanthus, cheese, mentaiko, peanut butter and many more!
Address: Fully online