Kacang putih and muruku – A scene unique to Penang

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It is an exceptionally beautiful evening today. For the past few days, dark clouds and thunderstorm filled the evening with gloom and wet, cold weather. However, the sky is so blue and filled with fluffy white clouds today. I just fetched my two sons from St. Xavier around 5 pm and we decided to have dinner because they are already famished.

So, we stopped somewhere near 8-row where Jalan Macalister is for some economy rice. After our meal, we went back to where my car was parked and found an Indian man selling kacang putih nearby. His stall looks so authentic and traditional. I am pretty sure his murukku and kacang putih will be original as well.

kacang putih seller

We stopped by and bought some murukku and kacang from him. I asked if he makes the muruku himself and he said he made some and bought the kacang.


The muruku taste is good and so is the kacang. I bought only RM2 of the muruku and it comes in a big packet already. You can find my muruku recipe over here.

The kacang I bought is some type of dhal which is a legume. It is totally oil free and powdery.

kacang putih

I mix the muruku, kacang putih, roasted almonds and together with some matured cheddar cheese, I had a very nice snack with a 2005 Chardonnay.

kacang putih

Scenes like this kacang putih vendor is truly unique to Penang. Though there are many other vendors selling such snacks found at pasar malam, such old Indian man lends the authenticity to the murukku and kacang putih because they look like experts in making these Indian snacks, don’t they?

Post Author: Lilian

Food, travel, recipes. Chinese Malaysian, blogger, photographer and writer.

5 thoughts on “Kacang putih and muruku – A scene unique to Penang


    (April 9, 2009 - 1:31 am)

    I’m going to ask my Penang friend to bring me those food when he’s back to KL. 🙂 tasty!


    (April 9, 2009 - 4:10 pm)

    Thank you for this post, it reminds me of school time. Anyway, what is in his little steamer?


    (April 9, 2009 - 4:12 pm)

    surewinz – Steamed kacang kuda? Is that what we call those?

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    (April 10, 2009 - 3:13 pm)

    wow the kacang puteh man!


    (April 14, 2009 - 6:14 pm)

    Hard to find this kind of Kacang Putih Man in KL,here they usually come in motorbike.And is quite costly too.

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