Kacang putih – childhood memories are made of these January 13, 2008Posted by asianpixmen in Culture, Food, India, Malaysia, Places.
If you haven’t tried anyone of these kacang putih, you must be from another planet. As a child, there were times when my very physical survival was dependent on the ubiquitous kacang putih.
I almost want to get down on my knees and thank those people who created kacang putih. These days, of course, a small plastic packet of kacang putih, regardless of variety would fetch a ringgit or two.
Back in those bullock-wheel days, a packet of kacang putih (enough to feed two young mouths) cost a princely sum of 10 sen, or sepuloh kupang (if you are from Perak like I am).
Too commercialised, that’s my verdict on the modern development of kacang putih. In the 60s and 70s, kacang putih was done in somebody’s kitchen. Probably, a housewife who was trying to earn some pocket money was doing it in her spare time to buy her children some much needed school books or uniforms.
In those days, we don’t have computers or the Internet, so everything was hard-earned. Adversity builds character and don’t we know it. Kacang putih occasionally turned out to be almost our staple diet. Ahhh… those were the days when life was like kacang, like they say.