Guess What?
August 04th, 2008 37 Comments

Guess What?

Guess What?

They are definitely not vermicelli or rice sticks.Clues:

  1. They make a sweet snack that is well loved by many Malaysians.
  2. They are great for breakfast.
  3. They are usually sold by Indian vendors in Malaysia.
The good news is that I have brought back the mold to make this goodie and I can’t wait to make this at home. For the readers who are not familiar with Malaysian food, please stay tuned to find out what they are.For those who are in the know, please leave your answer via comments. Thanks!


My readers are geniuses and 95% got the answer right. Yes, they are putu mayam, a South-Indian delicacy. Looking for the recipe? Please stay tuned as I am going to try making them this weekend! :)

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37 comments... read them below or add one

  1. Vivian says:

    Hmm……..could it be putu mayam?

  2. Suganya says:

    They look like idiyappam. But ‘not rice sticks’ you say…hmm…

  3. sunnyfunny says:

    Has to be putumayam!! With gula melaka and coconut – delish!!

    You are really keen to wanna make them! Can’t wait for your pics.

    Have fun…:-)

  4. Rick says:

    They look a little like Sri Lankan/South Indian string hoppers…


  5. dallasgrl says:

    Putu mayam!!

  6. lionel teh says:

    putu mayam!!!
    I love it so much!!!!
    with brown sugar…
    yum yum!!

  7. Yan Lian says:

    i miss putu mayam!!!

  8. CUMI & CIKI says:


  9. SOoooooUP says:

    Putu Mayam – Very hard to find it nowadays in Singapore

  10. Annie says:

    Nate asked, “What’s that?” to which I answered, “Putulah!” Darn girl, I really, really love putu mayam and haven’t had it in forever…argh!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    They’re spring hoppers! I’ve had these at Indian/Sri Lankan restaurants…at least I think it’s this..


  12. Keropok Man says:

    have not eaten it for a long time!!!

    used to go to Dad’s friends house during Deepavali to have it. Yummies!

  13. carpediem says:

    ya, putu mayam

  14. PenangTuaPui says:

    Putu Mayam lor… what else?

    I call it “mak yong” at my hometown.. hihi..

    my wife like putu piring more…

  15. juraiza says:

    oh yay putu mayam, please2 post the recipe

  16. mycookinghut says:

    Most of you guys have got the answers!

  17. busylittlebee says:

    Indonesian used to called it “Petulo”.

    reading to all comments above, gladly knowing that malaysian called it “Putu Mayam”.
    I hope my self not making the wrong judgement alike

  18. ICook4Fun says:

    I think its string hoppers or putu mayam.

  19. YeeJen says:

    Putu Mayong!!!

    I took this with brown sugar and coconut from pasar malam when i was a kid at my hometown. Thanks for this post which reminds me I haven’t eaten this since 7 years ago. Where can I get this in KL?

  20. Salt N Turmeric says:

    haha. looks like lotsa people already guessed it. i wanna have some putu mayam too!

  21. wmw says:

    If it is what I think it is, just like the rest…I love eating it with gula melaka!!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    String hoppers?

  23. southernoise says:

    putu mayam in Singapore are sold like prepacked in clear plastic by Indian stalls.

    I saw one Indian stall in Commonwealth/Tanglin Halt 10 storey market selling em.

  24. didally says:

    Putu Mayam!! I haven’t had them for years. :(

    I used to have this for breakfast on weekends when I was young.

  25. June says:

    Putu Mayam indeed!!! :D
    Yumm yummm yummmm
    With Gula Melaka, it’s extra YUMMM!!!

  26. Carrie says:

    this is putu mayung…missing the gula melaka and coconut flakes

  27. peabag says:

    a.k.a eedee apom. I learned to eat it with mutton curry when I met my husband – his family’s hari raya breakfast tradition. Utterly wicked!

  28. Wei-Yann says:

    It’s been sooo long since I ate Putumayam!!:) Reminds me of my Deepavali visiting days…ooh!

  29. ChichaJo says:

    This is the first time I hear of this dish…looking forward to seeing the recipe and the finished product! :)

  30. My Wok Life says:

    I tried this before. It must goes with Malacca Sugar. Very nice!!

  31. white on rice couple says:

    I’m interested in seeing your final dish because I’m not familiar with it at all. This is exciting!

    They kinda look like a loose version of vietnamese banh hoi, which are normally prepared in thin sheet and wrapped with meat and herbs.

  32. KayKat says:

    Got to love that idiyappam! So, you got a mold now, that should be fun to work with!

  33. Anonymous says:

    It’s Putu Mayam eaten with grated coconut and gula melaka…..hmmm…sedap!

  34. Mommy Lily says:

    putu mayam !!!

    i loike this so much…!!!

  35. passion4food says:

    Yes, it is putumayam…
    I love them.. with gula melaka OMG

  36. Nancie says:

    can’t wait to have your recipe…..hmmmmm yummy…missed this a lot as i have not eaten this since about 20 years ago….

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