It was 6:30pm in Georgetown, Penang, and we were hungry. You know the feeling. The sun was low, the drive home was long, and there was durian somewhere in the city. There always is durian all year in Penang. You just have to know where to start your hunt. Here are five options to get […]
Fast Facts About Malaysia's Durian:
Malaysian durians are always harvested fully ripe, after being permitted to fall.
There are officially 134 varieties of durian registered with the government, numbered D1-D200, with some registered durians missing.
The most recently registered durian is D200, Black Thorn (Ocee).
The most popular durians in Malaysia are Musang King, D24, and Red Prawn.
Today is my friend Sean’s 31st birthday, so we went durian hunting. It’s an infallible inference. In my world, birthdays = durian. But it’s March, and out-of-season durian in Penang can be a little hard to find. While out jogging, I’d seen durian at 818 Durian Stall, so this morning I called them up and […]
The sun was still level with mist over the river when we wandered down to the Saratok Market. It was about 7 a.m, but while the town and me were still half-asleep, everyone at the market had apparently been drinking cham coffee-tea for hours. I was at a point with Sarawak’s morning markets where I’d […]
I couldn’t help but look back nervously as the bullet boat roared away up the brown Rajang River. The tiny rental car, nicknamed the Pearl, grew smaller on the pier where we’d left her. No roads lead to Kapit. The only way to get there and scope out the Weekend Kapit Market, and search for rare […]
“Let’s make it a quick stop,” I said. If I had a watch, I’d have looked at it. But I needn’t have said it. Jakar Sarawak is small. Really small. From the highway, it looks like this: To be brutal, Jakar looks slummy. It’s a row of tin roofs and beach umbrellas crammed up against a […]
“Let’s meet at 10:30 at the Sibu Market,” his text said. I know a coffee date is the normal way to catch up with friends, but when your friends are all durian and fruit fanatics, the biggest outdoor market in all of Malaysia is really the only place that made sense for #teamdurian to meet […]
Seven mile of running will make you hungry, especially when the run ends along roads lined with durian trees. As we stretched by the car, we knew it was time for #teamdurian to refuel at a Sibu durian orchard. Our first morning in Sibu, I ran from our hotel along the riverfront, near the Central […]
I hesitated before writing down the Kanowit Weekend Market on my durian hunting itinerary. I was thinking about the 80-20 rule. It’s supposed to be an efficiency hack, but it’s also my durian hunting philosophy. If I know something about where I’m going 20% of the time, I’m probably going to find something interesting. Probably. I […]
I admit I kind of smirked when I saw the first bus trundle past. I was sitting with friends at a table in the covered picnicking area at the Saratok Rest Stop. The curb was scattered with tidy clumps of exotic durian species, green spiny Durio graveolens and flower-shaped Durio kutejensis, as well as wild […]