Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Thorny Durian - A Contentious Fruit of Ambrosiac Offerings

The most heavenly durian (Durio zibethinus) that I had ever tasted is the 'Musang King' (Civet King). It is purportedly to be their preferred choice of durians for the civet cats. The pulp is creamy, sweet and simply melts in the mouth. The best part is the puny and flat seeds which means that there's lot more flesh to indulge in. Other favourite varieties include the hybrids; D24 and Ang Hae (Red Shrimp) with its red meat.

A segment of a  D24 durian fruit.

After we were done with the civet cats' prefered durian, we tackled this D24 durian with its sweet delicious meat. These durians were gifts from my neighbour, Mike who got it from his father's orchard.

 A roadside fruit stall along the long narrow road in Balik Pulau, Penang island.

Red hairy rambutans, purplish-black mangosteens tied up in bundles and thorny durians.

Different varieties of durians. Suspended at the back is the cempedak, a fruit quite similar to jackfruit but with softer pulp. Some people like them fried.

A photo taken of durian tree in Balik Pulau, Penang island.


 
 
We were in Sandakan, Sabah right after a heavy seafood dinner, when we saw this vendor selling durians and langsat on the street. We were curious about how the fruit in East Malaysia would taste like, so we bought some. The durians had to be consumed in the street as almost all hotels have a ban on bringing this odoriferous fruit into the rooms


 

 

I read these two articles in The Star and New Straits Times- it was actually quite hilarious. Just go to prove that the adage, "One man's meat is another man's poison" is absolutely true.

Japanese cucumbers, cherry tomatoes from Cameron Highlands and some red currants from America. I was so full from stuffing up with durians that I only had this salad served with 'chilly-sesame seeds-garlic' dressing for dinner.


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