“Aesthetic-wise, I must say that they were a bit disappointing. However, one should never judge a book by its cover, and once they ended up on my palate, I was in sweet-tooth heaven.”
Puthu Lanang Celaket is one of the oldest food vendors in Malang. Founded in 1935 by a lady named Soepijah, operation of the business has since been passed on to her son Siswojo 20 years ago. Under his reign, Puthu Lanang Celaket still remains one of the best and most popular Kue Putu sellers in town. This is evident from the number of customers that flock to its location in a small alley on Jalan Jaksa Agung Suprapto every day. The shop opens daily at 5.30pm, yet it’d be best if you go there early as its most loyal of patrons would usually come at 5pm.
Besides Kue Putu (steamed cylinder-shaped rice flour cake with palm sugar filling), you can also find other traditional sweet treats here, including Cenil (a sweet snack made from corn starch) and Lupis (sticky rice dessert with palm sugar and grated coconut). A portion is priced at Rp.10,000, and customers are given the freedom to mix them all together. I had to endure a 40-minute wait during my visit, until I finally got my Kue Putu-Cenil-Lupiscombo.
Once I made my way into our rented car, the heavenly aroma of pandanus leaves and coconut from my recently purchased sweet delicacies immediately filled the air inside, building up my appetite even further. As soon as I entered my hotel room, I hurriedly peeled open the banana leaves that covered them, and the sight of the not-so-pretty green and red colours hidden under the oodles of grated coconut and palm sugar greeted my famished eyes.
Aesthetic-wise, I must say that they were a bit disappointing. However, one should never judge a book by its cover, and once they ended up on my palate, I was in sweet-tooth heaven. The Kue Putu was soft and combined well with the sweet palm sugar and rice flour. On the other hand, the Cenil was a tad chewy and tasted quite bland at first. Thankfully, the grated coconut and palm sugar helped in giving its flavour a much-needed boost.
Slightly smaller compared to the Lupis that I usually eat, Puthu Lanang Celaket’s version of the snack was well steamed and did not emit any unpleasant odour. I tried eating it together with the Cenil, and what resulted next can only be described as a new amazing sensation. Without a doubt, I would most definitely be making a return to Puthu Lanang Celaket. Next time, though, I’ll make sure to order an extra portion of the Kue Putu.
Jl. Jaksa Agung Suprapto
Gang Buntu, RT 03
Malang, East Java
T: 0817 530 365
Open daily from 5.30pm-10pm
Rp.10,000/US$0.80 per portion