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 […]
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.
“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 […]
The Satok Weekend Market in Kuching, Malaysia is the biggest outdoor wet market I’ve ever been to. I feel like that’s an impressive thing to say, because fresh fruit markets are like all I do. I might skip the museum, or forgo the sunset boat tour. But I go to every fruit market. Every time. […]
As I contemplated the end of the 2016 durian season, I felt the itch to scratch this Melaka durian farm off my list. It’s been on my radar for years because it’s one of the farms closest to a major tourist destination, the city of Melaka. I love leaving on high notes, finishing all the goals, […]
It was a hit and run on durian street in Johor Bahru. To be more precise, there wasn’t a lot of time, or a lot of durian, but we needed just one more to complete our Johor Bahru durian day. “Just a taste of Tekka, that’s all,” Glen promised, stopping the car at a small […]