What does durian taste like?
Malaysia is famous for many things, her unique landscape, rich history, fusion of culture and most importantly, food!
Malaysia is known to be a food haven. According to a survey conducted by CNN through a Facebook poll in 2015, Malaysia ranked 6th among destinations in the world with the best food.
The durian, a beloved delicacy in Malaysia, besides been grown in many parts of Malaysia, is also well liked, just as how it is well like all over Southeast Asia, specifically Malaysia and Thailand. Malaysia is known to be a domain durian exporter worldwide.
Although the durian is known to have a stinky reputation, being banned in public transportation across South East Asian countries, it is used almost everywhere in the Malaysian cuisine. You can find it in curries, pastries, desserts and even rice just to name a few.
The durian often receives mixed reviews from travelers near and far who have come to taste the ‘King of Fruits’ .
Many travelers, bloggers or just people in general are often curious as to how this specific fruit, crowned the ‘King of Fruits’ in Malaysia taste like.
Well, to answer that question, it would depend as to the type of durian that you are eating. Yes, there are many different types of durian available!
Here we have listed 6 different variations of durians that can be found in Malaysia almost anywhere which we think that you should try!
- Musang King
Musang King is considered to be one of the crèmes da le crème of durians in Malaysia due to it’s smooth, filling and vibrant yellow flesh!
The D24 is also considered to be part of the premier durian, known for its creamy texture which will melt in your mouth, making you want to have more!
Warning: it is addictive!
XO durian normally attracts those that have an acquired taste for bitter durians, as it is rather bitter. From its light-yellow flesh once can tell its bitterness.
The D13 species of durian is sweet, less creamy with large seeds and does not have that much of a pungent smell, perfect for the first timers trying durian without getting a phobia of the smell if durian.
The D101 durian is perfect for those who are on a diet as it is not as sweet as other durians yet still creamy and succulent. A big hit in the Southern states of Malaysia like Negeri Sembilan and Johor.
- Red Prawn
The Red Prawn durian known for its flesh which is a fusion of orange and red in color and is known to be sweet but not a big hit as it can be extremely sticky.
- Black Pearl
A true test of a durian connoisseur is if he/she enjoys the Black Pearl durian. Known for having being bitter, having less flesh and small seeds, the Black Pearl is not a recommendation for first-time durian eaters.
Durian season in Malaysia is normally between June till August every year, however you will be able to find durian throughout the year in Malaysia. There are many eateries that offer durian buffets in Kuala Lumpur all year round.