We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Malaysian Durians

Syd
2 posts
Save Topic
Malaysian Durians

Hi,

I'll be spending 6 nights/7 days in Malaysia in August, and plan to divide the time between Penang, KL and Melaka. Am crazy about durians! My questions are:

a) Where are the best places to find genuine Malaysian durian?

b) Are there any durian orchards in or around Penang/KL/Melaka?

c) Are there any restaurants that specialise in using durians as the main ingredient in these 3 areas?

Thanks,

Durianmad

KK
Level Contributor
20 posts
1 review
Save Reply
1. Re: Malaysian Durians

Wow.. your quite the Durian Mad person. Anyway, you can find durian selling in the some of our hypermarket all year round but the experience would not be the same as having it outdoors at the roadside. Usually, durians are not really found in touristy areas as many find the smell to overpowering and many hotels ban this fruit. Out of these 3, I think you could find it in Melaka. All the best in hunting for the durian.

p/s: do try bubur durian, durian swiss roll..absolutely delish..

Kuala Lumpur...
Level Contributor
347 posts
Save Reply
2. Re: Malaysian Durians

In KL, I think Jalan Alor off Bukit Bintang area have some durian stalls but their prices are on a higher end compared to durian stalls at suburb areas in KL. But worth trying though. At least, you will get to taste the fruits fresh rather than those found in supermarkets where the fruits were already opened and packed individually. As a durian lover, I believe you known Malaysian durians has different variety and you know which are the best among the best!

The chinese restaurant at Mandarin Oriental KL has a durian pancakes on the menu and I find it very good. KLCC mall used to have a shop which sell durian products - durian cake, cookies and everything durian but I believe it has closed down.

I am sure other forum members would come out with good ideas.

Malaysia
Level Contributor
839 posts
Save Reply
3. Re: Malaysian Durians

Penang is the place to go for durians!

Durians in KL and Melaka are from Penang, and very often you'll see at the durian stalls, the banner read "Balik Pulau Durian". Balik Pulau in Penang is where the durian orchards are.

During the durian season, you may have your durian at the orchard. Read about the "durian buffet" at the blog at this link:

lingzie.com/uncle-johns-balik-pulau-durians/

http://www.lingzie.com/balik-pulau-durians/

norfolk
Level Contributor
7,671 posts
37 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Malaysian Durians

there is a market stall on jalan alor kl selling sweeties,cakes and biscuits containing durian.

pam

Johor Bahru
Destination Expert
for Johor Bahru
Level Contributor
1,014 posts
48 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Malaysian Durians

I think that Penang Durian will be best (IMO). Of course at KL you can find good quality durians from Bentong, try to find the durian at Penang. Only remind that not to buy the durian at roadside, if really want ask to open and eat at site not carry as many cheating cases happening.

Melaka, Malaysia
Destination Expert
for Melaka
Level Contributor
2,234 posts
89 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Malaysian Durians

Hi fellow Malaysians,

If you do not know the fact do not assume here. I do not know how good is Penang durian but Melaka gets a lot of good durian from southern states!

Anyway, you can join durian buffet not far from Melaka town for RM35 or so.

jasonmumbles.com/2008/06/durian-buffet-at-si…

Malaysia
Level Contributor
839 posts
Save Reply
7. Re: Malaysian Durians

Hi cctwo,

Not sure if you can still get good durian in August. Am beginning to see the durians at the temporary roadside stall now. Chances are the durian will be very much in season in another 2 or 3 weeks time and last till end of July.

Some of the types of durians that you can get in Penang, from the orchard:

- "Hor Lor": golden yellowish flesh, dry and sticky, smooth texture

- D 600: bitter sweet flavour

- D 11: creamy yellowish flesh, dry and sticky

- D 604: sweet and sticky

- Red Prawn: bitter sweet taste, orange- reddish flesh, very little fibre, fairly sticky

- Lipan: pale yellowish flesh, little fibre and firm

- Green Skin Ang Bak: orange reddish flesh, bitter sweet taste.

- Kun Poh Ang Bak: reddish flesh, slightly bitter sweet, thick fragance

- Little Red: fairly strong fragance, smooth texture, slight bitter sweet

Ami

Petaling Jaya...
Level Contributor
2,223 posts
34 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Malaysian Durians

In Penang, durians are available in most months since durian peak season in Taiping, Ipoh or Penang are in different months. Sellers will transport them to Penang.

There are roadside stalls along Jalan Relau(opt for the stall which is directly opposite the Agricultural center), which offers speciality durians. You can eat at the stall and he'll also pack in plastic containers.

Syd
2 posts
Save Reply
9. Re: Malaysian Durians

Thank you all for the information. They are most helpful.

August is rather late in terms of durian season. But I hope there will still be some available. Oh, the thought of it makes my mouth water!

Thanks again.

Kuala Lumpur...
Level Contributor
1,517 posts
30 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Malaysian Durians

Ami, you're quite the expert in durians, I say. I tried once at a residence in Bayan Baru for Hor Lor. The fruit vendor asked to me try a D24 first and then Hor Lor to fully appreciate the superior difference. I must say the Hor Lor is worth the multiples it costs to that of D24. They didn't have the red prawn on that day. I'm not a fan of durians as they can get cloying and heaty at times. But it's worth the experience that time.