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King of Fruits

Tonight we broke tradition and i didn’t go to ant special place for dinner however I went to Subway. For a start the total cost of the Subway was around RM18 or 6 US dollars for a foot long. That still works out cheaper than Australia. The bread here even with the good old faithful honey oat was a bit different. It is hard to explain exactly but I think every tourist should try the bread here.

King of Fruits

On our way back checking out the local people eating and once again i’m appalled at the way the tourist get sucked into a restaurant with table cloths. As I have mentioned several times, restaurants with table cloths do not provide good food ( thou I take into account , I did go to Subway). They target the tourist population and the prices are absolutely ridiculous.

As we walk back, a friend of mine starts commenting on a strange smell. We can all smell this now and it does smell quite nice. Once again this a pivotal moment. The fruit we smell is called the Durian or more commonly known as the “King of Fruits “. The smell for some can be fragrant or for others simply offensive and overpowering. The name the King of Fruits is well earned.

This fruit is native to Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar. It can be best described as  a very rich custard highly flavoured with hot nuts more so almonds. The flesh can be consumed at various stages of ripeness, and it is used to flavour a wide variety of savoury and sweet edibles in Southeast Asian cuisines. The seeds can also be eaten when cooked.

My advice is make sure to wash throughly after eating this fruit as the smell is long lasting. A local showed me the technique of washing with the water running off the spikey outer shell of the Durian. This is supposed to help get raid of the smell. I don’t know how however as I say “when in Rome “. I was disappointed that this took me so long to try and I would urge other travelers to take the walk with me and give this a go.

Locals eating the King

There are at least 5 stalls that sell Durian in Jalan Alor right next to Apple Hotel. The price range is from RM 50 to around RM 66 for a whole fruit. The fruit is normally around 2-3 kgs. Some others do sell it cheaper or already broken up however it as I have been told is best consumed fresh.