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CM’s Food Porn #87 – Kachang Puteh Or In English – Nuts Sold Traditionally

on June 19, 2019

In lil red dot, in the 1960s up to 1980s, the Indian Kachang Puteh Man would be selling a pushcart filled with nuts cooked in the traditional Indian style.

Parked usually outside a cinema or a shop front, this Kachang Puteh Stall (*literally translated to mean white peanuts), would sell a variety of nuts such as salted broad beans, green peas, boiled peanuts, salted peanuts and lentils.

What was unique is that he would use recycled paper from office printed A4 size paper, paper from telephone directly and roll it into a cone to hold the type of nuts you choose to buy.

My parents told me it started out at $0.10 a cone (*about a palm full of nuts) and slowly it went up to $0.30 & to $0.70.

Today, CM said he paid $3.50 for a small plastic packet and the Kachang Puteh Man is now the Kachang Puteh Woman.

Below is a packet of kachang puteh which is peanuts fried in sugar coated batter. It is addictive and cinema goers can really enjoy several packs at one go!

It is a dying trade. People buy it from these dwindling hawkers as it is a novelty of traditional feel.

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10 responses to “CM’s Food Porn #87 – Kachang Puteh Or In English – Nuts Sold Traditionally

  1. Julie says:

    Ahhhh I miss those cones of nuts! Love kacang putih too!

    • Garfield Hug says:

      It is so sad that these sellers are now rather extinct! Camel nuts took over by mass producing. Technology killed this trade for sure.

      • Julie says:

        It’s a shame. But the camel nuts will never have the kacang putih “feel” and the informal touch. Also it’s not eco-friendly! Yes, technology killed the trade. And popcorn too. 😛

  2. natalie says:

    Nostalgia from the 70s! (although I admit I wasn’t even born yet!)

    http://nataliesdailylife.wordpress.com/

  3. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Mouth is watering. Oh yum!! Too bad it is a dying breed. Those nuts look delicious!

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