Putu – traditional fragrant pandan cake
Kue putu is my childhood’s favorite street food. It is an indonesian green rice flour cake with palm sugar inside it. The cake is made by steaming it inside a short bamboo pipe for a few minutes, producing fragrant pandan aroma and unique whistling sound. Kue putu has a very tender texture and after the steaming the palm sugar has a texture like liquid caramel. Kue putu is usually served with greated coconut. In the past, steamed kue putu was much more popular and is usually sold in a cart by peddlers.
Kue in Indonesian literally means cake. There are other cakes that is also called putu, such as putu ayu. It is not to be mistaken with Puto, a philipinese cake which is also made of rice cake and also Indian putu mayang which is served with coconut milk.
travel theme: Fragrant