I was relaxing over my kopi at Kluang Rail Coffee when Evonne rounded up all of us, piled us into the van and rushed us to the Monday only farmers' market, Pasar Tani Kampung Malayu in Kluang (beside Kluang bus terminal).
On Mondays, farmers and hawkers set up stalls at the pasar tani (farmers' market) to sell their vegetables, fruits and cooked food. There are some 100 stalls at the market, so if you are in Kluang on a Monday morning, be sure to check this out.
The pasar tani is in the shadow of the peaks of the Titiwangsa Range visible in the background including Gunung Lambak, known to old aviators as Betty's Boobs.
Photo credit: Wikipedia
In the old days, when aviators rely a lot on Mark 1 eyeballs to find their destinations, the sight of Betty's Boobs tells them that they have arrived at the Royal Air Force Base in Kluang.
No lah, Evonne didn't rushed us here in the morning to gawk at Betty's Boobs, majestic they may be. She wanted to show us a special stall serving her favourite putu mayam, a sort of flat rice noodle pancake 😄 (Known as string hoppers in English.)
For decades, Abdul Wahab and wife Aiyshah made putu mayam the old way by pressing rice flour dough through a perforated wooden mould. Pressing firmly on the rice dough, it emerges through the holes as strands like bee hoon (rice vermicelli) which is laid on upturned bamboo baskets.
The putu mayam is cooked by steaming for 5 - 10 minutes.
Putu Mayam is eaten with grated coconut and brown sugar. The snack originated in Tamil Naidu in southern India (where it is known as idiyappam), making its way south through migration to Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
I like the soft subtle spring in the bite, slight sweetness and fleeting rice aroma of Encik Abdul Wahab's putu mayam. The sweet grated coconut and brown sugar add sweetness and texture to the simple snack.
Recommended for you 👍 Putu Mayam Abdul Wahab is one of the last stalls in Malaysia and Singapore which still hand make the traditional snack on site. Don't miss it, if you are in Kluang for food trail.
Thanks to Evonne Lyn Lee, the host of Jalan2 Makan2 Masak2 trips to Kluang for bringing us to Putu Mayam Wahab and many other interesting "Bat Town" places. If you like an eating and cooking tour of Kluang like ours, contact Evonne via Facebook private message.
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Restaurant name: Putu Mayam Wahab
Address: Pasar Tani Kampung Malayu, Kluang, Johor (beside Kluang bus terminal at Jalan Bakawali)
GPS: 2°02'11.9"N 103°19'22.8"E 🌐 2.036633, 103.322987
Tel: 011 - 51888 596
Hours: 6:00am - 10:00am (Monday only)
Date visited: 5 Aug 2019