There are many moments in life where only a putu piring would do. Soft and fluffy, every Malaysian can recognise this sweet childhood snack from afar.
Ask any friend from Johor Bahru and they're likely to say that Larkin Bakar Putu Piring serves one of the best traditional snacks in town. Established in 1971, owner Encik Abu Bakar has been operating this humble stall for almost fifty years! Honouring the recipe that he learned from his late mother, spot the unassuming blue-roofed stall at the front yard of their home. Once arrived, prepare to see the owner and his son work their craft!
With only rice flour, palm sugar (gula melaka) and grated coconuts, first-timers to putu piring will be surprised by how delightful it tastes! Each portion is steamed on a special saucer-like brass container and covered with a thin muslin cloth to achieve its soft, pillowy texture.
Larkin Bakar's version is generously stuffed with palm sugar and served with grated coconut on the side. Slightly different from your usual putu piring, this one is prepared with turmeric to give that bright shade of yellow.
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You can wait in line for your putu piring (some customers waited as long as 20 minutes), but the stall also runs a drive-thru concept where you can pick up your orders and go. If you're looking for other traditional snacks, Abu Bakar's wife and daughter also makes lepat pisang, nagasari, pulut serunding, and more.
A regular customer claimed that he ordered 30 putu pirings at one go. The real question is, how many putu pirings can you savour at one sitting? It's time to visit Larkin Bakar Putu Piring to find out!
Halal status: Muslim-owned
Address: Larkin Bakar Putu Piring, 46, Jalan Langkasuka, Larkin Jaya, 80350 Johor Bahru, Johor
Operating hours: Mon-Thu, 12pm-6pm; Sat, 12pm-6pm (Closed on Fri and Sun)
Contact number: +6014 614 4607