The Indian food, Putu Mayam is a snack eaten with fresh grated coconut and brown sugar or gula Melaka. It is also known as string hoppers and is eaten cold. This sticky noodle like snack is made with pressing the dough through a mould and steamed. It is a very popular snack and sold in many places. Most of us would have eaten it before.

Lately I was introduced by a friend to a stall in Little India that sells this traditional white delicacy together with the unusual brown ones. It is made with adapting the ingredient, biji sawi which many people claim to be healthier as it helps to regulate cholesterol and blood sugar level.


I got myself a few pieces of the white and brown ones. The sugar is wrapped in a banana leaf which does add some aroma to it. The putu mayam is eaten mixed with the grated coconut and brown sugar. I find the texture of the brown ones slightly coarse with the taste quite similar to the white ones.


The above packet of mixed Putu Mayam for RM1

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The packet of biji sawi plus the grated coconut and brown sugar

You can buy this steamed delicacy from this Indian man selling from his ‘stall’ on his bicycle by the roadside of Market Street / Queen Street. He only starts selling from 5pm in the evening till night. There is another stall plying just next to him selling the same type of Putu Mayam. Click here for the Map Location.


This snack goes by many names, such as Putu Mayam and Putu Mayung. Although it is eaten as a sweet dish, many people have got to eating it with savory dishes such as curry and stew. Do try dipping the Putu Mayam in your curries too…you might like it.

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19 comments so far


i called it mayong. i still prefer putu piring. do u know where still sell it? last time near batu lanchang got one stall, at the roadside. now no more. miss it so much.

July 30th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

allenooi: you can try putu piring @ Pulau Tikus market at night .. the corner kopitiam which serves western food. I used to queue up for the one at batu lancang too .. during my schooling days. Recalled they even had custom-made ones *sigh*

July 30th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

majority of stalls serves Putu Buluh (the tall ones) vs Putu Piring one. Another alternative would be a roadside stall along Dato Kramat Rd, just slightly after Pg Times Square .. there’s a mamak stall selling apom too. Not sure bout opening time.

July 30th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

allenooi – Putu Piring is also very nice. I am now looking for the Putu Buluh.

rebeccalee – Thank you so much for sharing all the info with us. I have yet to try the apom that you mentioned.

July 30th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

have not seen the brown putu mayam before-i like to eat it chicken curry!

July 30th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

biji sawi with putu mayam…..seeing it for the first time….normally we had it with brown sugar!!!

July 30th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

putu mayam? putu mayong? :)
and now putu piring and putu buluh? geee…. am lost. :)

July 30th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

I never try the brown color and biji sawi before…i wish i can try it now…

July 30th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

We called it also putu mayang in Indonesia, usually in 3 colors, white, green and pink. Eaten with brown sugar and coconut milk :)

July 30th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

And this is what little india looks like in Jersey City:

July 31st, 2009 at 1:43 am

My hubby niece loves putu mayong very much. She is just about the same age as my gal. Gosh, you can see her goobles many of the putu mayong. lol And she loves the pandan types.

July 31st, 2009 at 10:55 am

Both putu mayong and putu piring are my favourite. My childhood favourite!

July 31st, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I love putu mayung too but have never eaten the brown ones before.

July 31st, 2009 at 5:58 pm

wow this is awesome, wow cant imagine see someone selling this on a bicycle! wow! amazing!

August 1st, 2009 at 6:26 am

wahh!! been so long since last ate this.. years back i think~
kind miss it

August 3rd, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I am kinda lost too.. what’s putu piring and putu buluh??? *puzzled*

August 16th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I’m a new fan of your blog. The brownish putu mayam is made out of Ragi Flour or finger millet flour in English. It actually looks alot like mustard seeds (biji sawi) but with a red/brownish color.

November 17th, 2009 at 11:57 am

Latha – Nice having you joining what2seeonline. It’s great to know more of this brownish putu mayam :)

November 17th, 2009 at 12:02 pm
Aa Mei Nah

There’s also a stall selling putu mayam in seberang jaya ! You can choose to eat with brown sugar and coconut or with chicken curry

August 4th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

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