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Kacang putih – childhood memories are made of these January 13, 2008

Posted 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.



1. aarvidi - January 13, 2008

Thank you very much for bringing back old memories. In my time kachang putih was 5 cents a packet or lima kupang in Ipoh. How I remember our Indian kachang putih seller carrying his wares on a wooden tray placed right on top of his head. As a cushion he had rolled a circular band of cloth to avoid the hard wood. Every time he unloads and loads his tray, I still remember how the cushion is removed from his head on unloading, and, before the tray is placed on the head up goes the cushion again. The container for the nuts was a small old newspaper cutting rolled skilfully like a present ice-cream cone. My favourite was fried shelled groundnuts called “malla kotey kachan” in Tamil, a mixture of Malay and Tamil, though in India it goes by the name “kadalai”. Originally all trays were carried on the head, later it was carried on a bicycle and it afforded more sales as you could travel afar. My father, retired, tried selling kachang puteh on a bicycle, in the 60s and learned the trade from his cousin who had gone into the business earlier. My father earned quite a bit, 50% profit of the sales, and gave it up after some time,because of Police harassment, and till today I don’t know why he could not have obtained a license to sell the nuts. Do you know how ground-nuts are fried. As a catalyst, it is mixed with fine sand and fried in a big kwali. Is that the reason the ground-nuts were so tasty.

2. asianpixmen - January 15, 2008

Thanks aarvidi for filling in some fine details of your dad’s kacang putih days.

Yes, you are right, those groundnuts fried with fine sand in a huge kwali have that special taste. There used to be one guy near my office who used to do that.

His kacang was one of the best.

3. Kacang Putih « Aarvidi’s Weblog - January 16, 2008

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4. Mariappan Eddiah - January 14, 2010

My father, the famous kacang putih seller in Seremban.

5. Sharul Azman bin Zainal Abidin - April 4, 2011

Hello friends,

I want to sell all type of kacang putih in Seremban but haven’t no idea where to get the suppliers (preferably nearest to seremban).

I hope that anyone who read this message and know the suppliers, please contact me.

Thank you.

chandra - June 29, 2012

i am Malayan muruku we supplier all kinds of muruku and kacang puteh u interes do bizs can email me we support

Calvin Koh - October 22, 2012

Dear Sharul,

Have you obtained the contacts for suppliers of kacang putih in Seremban. We are distributors of kacang putih at KL but we do deliveries to as far as Melaka.

If you are still interested in looking for suppliers, please feel free to give me a call at 012-2138275.


6. mahes - July 12, 2011

Plse call , International Kacang Putih Distributers
014 62 83 831 .
We supplies , for local Pubs , Entertaiments Clubs , KL , Gov events , Stadiums .
Moving Towards …..

7. mahes - July 12, 2011

kacang putih , kacang parang , kacang dhall , kacang hijau , murukku , mixer spicy , normal , yellow , Omapodi , kari kacang ( Selaput Kari pedas ) , Kacang tanah goreng , ubi keledek , ubi kayu , and alots …

we will supplies on ur door steps . 1kacang putih ,1Malaysia

maria - August 19, 2011

I want to sell all type of kacang putih in sarawak miri ,can u suppliers to me.?

8. kuchi - August 4, 2011

ya he is true

9. sakty - August 11, 2011

ple email the price to me

thivyashini - July 21, 2013


10. Augustine - December 19, 2011


11. chandra - March 7, 2012

hi .MD of Malayan Muruku ,who like interest do kacang puteh ,we will supplies on ur door .can call chandra (0165615597) or balan (0165345338) email: malayanmuruku@gmail.com . we can supplier all malaysia .this is good buissines……….

12. mike - July 9, 2012

hi,everyone-great day ,talking about kacang puteh in malaysia mostly done by NADAR `S from tamil nadu from india as my grand father mr.s.gurusamy nadar started 1900`s at batu gajah to cover kinta valley estate he was a kacang putehman & A LONG ,my father mr.periasamy nadar started to sell at 1960`s as my mother was from a kacang puteh group mdm muthukamachi d/o ponnusamy nadar & as a 3rd gen i(mr.mike balan) would like to tell that the only succes kacang puteh sellers /traders till now are ipoh kacang puteh (buntong ) may add more info on face book (malayanmuruku@facebook)

13. selvam - July 23, 2012

hai,,i am selvam frm seremban,,currenty doing some mixture n muruku at home,,need to expand my business,,can any one knows who can conduct courses from making pagoda,star, plz advise,,,do contact me by email lkalaiselvam@ups.com

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