Wai Durian Stall in SS2 | Kuala Lumpur


This is Mr. Wai, the affable owner of a durian stall in Kuala Lumpur where I spent the first Friday night of 2015.

The stall is just one of a clump of three or more durian restaurants in the SS2 area, an area that has always managed to confuse me while at the same time being one of my favorite places to hang out in Asia.

10 Most Popular Posts of 2014

Most popular posts of 2014

Happy New Year!

I can't believe that we are closing our third year Year of Durians. Strangely, as I write these words I am sitting in the exact same room of the same hotel that Rob and I stayed in our first night in Malaysia, before this blog was born or we'd eaten our first Malaysian durian. It feels like a good sign.

In 2014, we posted 50 times from 6 different countries. Here's a list of the most popular posts of the year.

10 Most Delicious Durians of 2014



It's been another year of durians, guys. Time is passing so quickly I'm worried I'm going to wake up tomorrow and find myself 90 years old with high blood pressure (which means I couldn't pound durian. Oh no!)   Where'd the time go this year?

If my photos are any clue, we spent a lot of time scarfing durian. This post is 100% durian pornography. Hope you just ate some fantastic durians, cuz otherwise this post is going to somewhat tortuous.

Kahwin Durian at Gadong Night Market (Pasar Malam Gadong) | Brunei

By 5 PM Bandar Segi Begawan, Brunei's downtown, is quiet.

The small daytime market has packed up. The sun is dipping low over the river, giving the golden dome of the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque a sort of halo effect that makes the serene and nearly deserted streets of downtown Brunei live up to it's name, the abode of peace.

The only place to go, if you want some night time action and durian, is Pasar Malam Gadong - the Gadong Night Market.

Ferry Layover at Labuan's Durian Market | Kota Kinabalu to Brunei By Boat



Labuan is not Sabah.

It's its own Malaysian territory 8 km off the coast of Sabah that comprises a main island and a tiny archipelago. From Kota Kinabalu it's about a three hour ferry journey, and after a short layover in Labuan you can ferry onward to Brunei for a total travel time of about 6 hours.

That beats the 8 hour bus ride, plus you get a 2 hour layover in the wholesome main city to eat a durian lunch.

Red Durian Tempoyak, a Traditional Dish From Sabah (Recipe Included) | Kota Kinabatangan



The bus from Ranau dropped Jess and me off at Medan Selera, a small food court in Kota Kinabatangan on the east coast of Sabah.

We immediately asked for Durian Merah, the red durian prolific to the area. The staff was shocked that Westerners had heard of their durian - and wanted it - but after exchanging giggles and grins one of the girls invited us to hop in her car and head to the local market.

That's where we found Sabah Tempoyak, a unique side dish made exclusively out of red durian.

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