Thursday, April 17, 2008

Durians @ Balik Pulau, Penang

Back to my Penang post, now it's time for a post that totally disappoints all of us..
Balik Pulau is famed for it's lip smacking varieties of creamy, rich, breathtaking durians and I just cant wait to sink my teeth into these luscious babies..

Most unfortunately, it has been raining every day when we were in Penang and it's not really the durian season yet....we still decided to risk it and went up the hills of Balik Pulau.
We drove by many shacks, all still empty and abandoned as there were not many fruits yet..After a rather long drive uphill (and it was raining rather heavily too), we managed to see a shack with a few durians. The person manning the shack said that fresh durians were just loaded further up in the hills and they are coming down with the picks.
So we waited and waited..
Finally...Durians!!! Some categories of 604 and 38? I took one bite and sigh...Looks good but taste bad. It was that bad :(. It was bland and watery, I really didnt want to continue after the first one. But we could not believe it and we got 2 more durians..Still disappointing.
Ryan and Lily were really disappointed as they have been here for the durians before and it was really awesome at that time.
Maybe it was the rainy season? Diluted the durian flesh? Could that be it?
Oh, and I climbed up a durian tree to takes some of the shots of durians and durian flowers for readers who have never seen durian trees before.. Hehe, just joking! These durian trees were growing at the slope next to the roads..so the fruiting parts were at my height :p
Would I want to try the durians in Balik Pulau again? Though with this bad experience, if I do pop over one day, yes, I will still try it...Just one more chance.. :)

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17 Comments:

Blogger Precious Pea said...

I introduced durian to my 5 y.o. ABC-nephew who never tried it before and he loved it and told me, not stinky at all. I told him it's King of all Fruits. A week later at a hotel lift, he pointed at the sign...dat's King of Fruits!! I told him yes, too stinky, cannot bring into hotel..and he repeated, "not stinky at all". Hehe.

18 April, 2008  
Blogger "Joe" who is constantly craving said...

poor thing..the last thing i want to eat dis watery n bland durian..HOW CAN DURIANS BE BLAND??

i like PP story..

18 April, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

think it's the malaysian genes in him..hehe.. when we were there, there was this group of middle eastern tourist who came over too. they took one bite and spat it out! rather amusing to us-lah. :D

18 April, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

joe: trust me, you wont wanna know how it taste like..phlegh :p

yes, PP's story's real cute, especially when we can put a face to the nephew..

18 April, 2008  
Blogger CK Lam said...

sc,
hi..you can always try getting your hands on nice durians in Lorong Susu off Mccalister Road (beside the Sun Yat Sen building) and also from a stationary van on the right hand side of Anson Road.

Good Luck...

18 April, 2008  
Blogger Nic (KHKL) said...

i read today that durian is actually full of nutritions..example: omega-3, omega-6 fat and protein!

too bad i dont take durian..guess i've hafta substitute durian with salmon sashimi then..haha!

18 April, 2008  
Blogger J2Kfm said...

i LOVE durians, in fact durian cream puff, durian egg tarts, durian ice cream, whatever related also i dig. :)
and sc, I for one second really tot you climbed that tree. Hmm. Good one.

18 April, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is the only thing that turns the whole penang trip to shite.. until dinner of course.. hahaha

18 April, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

ck lam: hello there! thanks so much for the tips :)

nic: really? well, then i should eat even more of it..no? :p
you dont take durians? yes, the amount of sashimi you take is almost scandalous!

j2kfm: me too, durian anything works for me. hoh! i got you? hehe

ryan: yes, how true! the only thing..sigh..

18 April, 2008  
OpenID kennymah said...

Nipples: Oh yes, durians can be bland, surprisingly enough. This must be the runts of the durian world... No baja, no taste... :P

sc: My fav durians has to be perfectly firm, strong-tasting and best of all, refridgerated first! Yummy!

19 April, 2008  
Blogger Jun said...

durians, oh durians... i miss them durians... *sob*

19 April, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

kenny: wow, so specific requirements..need to be chilled some more :p

jun: am sure you do..no worries, you can get your dose when you're back!

20 April, 2008  
Blogger team bsg said...

durians are a moody lot , even much worse than many good looking ladies we know ( haha ) and the only sure way to know whether good or not( real quality ) is by the tree itself, and not by species or whatever. which means you will need a real Guide ( like team bsg ) ROFL !

the best natural super aromatic durians can be found in Camerons and Ckht Jering, Taiping

21 April, 2008  
Blogger Simon Seow said...

Long time never eat durian already.

22 April, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

simon: the season is approaching soon wor..time to pig out!

23 April, 2008  
Blogger fatboybakes said...

nothing worse than being stuck with a lousy durian!!!

24 April, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

yes fatboybakes...lousy durian sucks big time! phlegh.. :p

29 April, 2008  

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