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, […]
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.
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 […]
I always hesitate to use absolutes like “best,” but some durians just deserve it. D17 is one classy cat, and may be the best Johor durian I’ve ever had. Note the “ever” in that sentence. I’m leaving room for more discoveries. Glen is also a classy cat. Some people just have impeccable tastes, and I would file Glen […]
Guide Contents About This Guide Arriving and Leaving Kuala Lumpur Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur My Travel Gear Common Durians Varieties in Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur durian Stalls Other Things To Do How To Get Around Malaysia Durian Map About this Kuala Lumpur Durian Guide I admit it; Malaysia stole my heart five years […]
Another Kuala Lumpur durian stall? Of course! Durian is to K.L. what hot dogs are to New York, especially when it’s durian season. As even hot dog connoisseurs know, the most famous places to get your D aren’t in the downtown. They’re in the suburbs. As I’m getting more comfortable in Malaysia, I’m also getting […]
Durian has a wonderful knack for bringing out grins and giggles. But not all cultures approach smiles the way we tooth-happy Americans do, as I learned this summer when my durian guests were Russians. “Russians are not like Americans, grinning about nothing just for a picture,” Sasha explained sympathetically. “You can see in this picture, I […]
Like most people I know these days, I met Dan because durian. Dan regularly posts on Facebook groups for durian lovers (yes, these exist) but it took me a little while to figure out that not only was Dan eating durian, he also sources and sells them at his tidy little restaurant in Kota Damansara, on […]
In Malaysia, the jungle is never that far away. Even in KL, a city of 1.5 million people, you can take a 30 minute drive and hit some pretty jungle-ey stuff, where wild durian species like Durio oxleyanus and Durio lowianus and other botanical oddities can be purchased at stalls along narrow country lanes. These are […]
Everybody’s a special snowflake these days — maybe especially durians. These times are rift with Musang King and Red Prawn fever, where every durian eater plays favorites, but some of the Malaysia’s most special wild durians get forgotten. Here are four highly individual varieties of a wild durian species, Durio lowianus, that I ate recently […]