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kennyw
04-05-2007, 04:46 PM
Where can I get good quality and affortable durians other than durian ss2? Please include the location and prices if possible :)

Btw, I'm referring to good durians such as D24, D101, Mas Pahang, Raja Kunyit, Red Prawn and many other varieties. Please include normal durians too if u think its good quality.Thanks again.

delaila
04-05-2007, 05:04 PM
Hi Kenny, there is one in SS19, in front of Dr. Delaila's klinik at the corner where there is Syed's restaurant. I've been buying from that uncle quite regularly, like at least once fortnightly. ;). Since I'm not really sure how to choose a good one, the uncle always choose for me and I have never been dissapointed before.

Sentinel
06-05-2007, 12:40 AM
[QUOTE=delaila]Hi Kenny, there is one in SS19, in front of Dr. Delaila's klinik at the corner where there is Syed's restaurant. I've been buying from that uncle quite regularly, like at least once fortnightly. ;). Since I'm not really sure how to choose a good one, the uncle always choose for me and I have never been dissapointed before.

Hmmmm... Posted by Delaila and recommending the durian stall in front of Dr. Delaila's clinic... this is conflict of interest lah.... :D

But Kenny, the best durians you mentioned are found at Balik Pulau, ie on Penang Island! (Rocky19 was supposed to buy some of us durians there since 2 years ago, as if we have forgotten....) :rolleyes:

After your durians, you can drop by my house at Batu Ferringhi. We can let you have 'salt water' but you need to bring your durian shell.... :D

delaila
07-05-2007, 09:23 AM
Hi Sentinel! Its just a coincidence! ;) I go to Dr. Delaila for my ante-natal check-up and since I have cravings for durians during my pregnancy, always buys it there since it is very convenient. Been using delaila as my login name in other forums too!

Jaytea
07-05-2007, 09:44 AM
:p i was also thinking of balik pulau

racheljansz
07-05-2007, 12:40 PM
:p i was also thinking of balik pulau
Yup same here.
My family always buys from that part of the island. Actually, direct from two orchards in Pantai Aceh, the species 88 and the Ang Bak Kiah, are grown on the hill slopes facing the warm easterly sea winds which gives them a special flavour. Which is why the 88's at SS2 taste different from the ones in Pantai Aceh.
I like the 88 ones cos it taste like creamy condensed milk with glorious fragrance but with a slight bitter taste. Its has orangy coloured flesh with small seed so unless you are ready into durians you wont be able to finish more then 2 fruits.
Mouth getting watery, humm...must make arrangement to go there coming schools holiday.
:D

PJS
07-05-2007, 04:15 PM
Yup same here.
My family always buys from that part of the island. Actually, direct from two orchards in Pantai Aceh, the species 88 and the Ang Bak Kiah, are grown on the hill slopes facing the warm easterly sea winds which gives them a special flavour. Which is why the 88's at SS2 taste different from the ones in Pantai Aceh.
I like the 88 ones cos it taste like creamy condensed milk with glorious fragrance but with a slight bitter taste. Its has orangy coloured flesh with small seed so unless you are ready into durians you wont be able to finish more then 2 fruits.
Mouth getting watery, humm...must make arrangement to go there coming schools holiday.
:D

Is it this durian orchard in Balik Pulau?
http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=5350829&x=100241017&z=16&l=0&m=a&v=2

or this one?

http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=5307459&x=100212007&z=15&l=0&m=a&v=2

wecare
07-05-2007, 06:35 PM
Tasted Segamat durian and they are the best in the world...drove to segamat last year with some friends and they really love it...tasted some penang durians a few time, i don't think it's really durian(sorry penang people)...we invited some vip and for the name we told them it's a special durian, but have tasted the durian...man i can skip the durian and dont' thing the vip enjoy it...we all agreed and :cool: still prefer the good segamat durian.

http://serdang.7.forumer.com

Rocky19
07-05-2007, 11:27 PM
sentinel :)

bro durian trip to penang? Sure. When can we do this?next week?

penangkia
08-05-2007, 12:28 AM
Was at Balik Pulau over the week-end. Asked for durians there and the reply was "ah boi ka lau" ( have not drop yet). Couple of weeks more maybe. ;)

USJ27Resident
08-05-2007, 05:45 AM
If you guys are thinking of going long distance for good durians - you might as well head to Sentul to get 'em... money saved from the fuel tanks and tolls can go for extra good durians too.

There is a Chinese fella near USJ 14 Petronas (next to Sekolah Wawasan) by the name of David. He occasionally turns up and sells really really really good durians but can be expensive - then again, with price of fuel and toll going up, maybe its wise just to use that savings and get the durians nearby.

So far this guy has never disappointed me (yet!) :) Had his number but lost it when my stupid HP hard resetted itself... lost all my numbers. Now I am keeping my eyes peeled everytime I pass by that area... just in case he is there... Have anyone had durians from this David before? Mebbe someone has his HP number...

racheljansz
08-05-2007, 08:47 AM
Is it this durian orchard in Balik Pulau?
http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=5350829&x=100241017&z=16&l=0&m=a&v=2

or this one?

http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=5307459&x=100212007&z=15&l=0&m=a&v=2

Sorry none of the above.

It is further north, on the eastern side, just before the Penang National Park. On the WikiMapia it is label as Pantai Acheh Village. It is very remote and at the end of the road, and you wont be able to see any durian stall. Most of the durians are sold direct to the stalls and traders in Balik Pulau.

The Ang Bak Kiah drops early at the beginning of the season and by the middle it is finish. The 88 species are limited and highly prize (also in price) starts in the middle of the seasons and last about 2 weeks.

Half the fun is getting there. Usually we would stop at the Balik Pulau market for a Laksa breakfast and to buy some preserved nutmeg, belacan, mangosteen and other indigenous food stuff.

Today there is a feature in TheStar pg N27, check it out.
:cool:

Eastern Citizen
08-05-2007, 12:10 PM
................. The Ang Bak Kiah drops early at the beginning of the season and by the middle it is finish. The 88 species are limited and highly prize (also in price) starts in the middle of the seasons and last about 2 weeks.

Half the fun is getting there. Usually we would stop at the Balik Pulau market............... :cool:

It would be cool if we could get a sample of durians from Balik Pulau, Bentong/Mentakab and Northern Johor - around Bukit Gambir area (near Muar) and scoff them all at once, err I mean, make a serious and scientific comparison between them to determine as to where the best durians come from. :D

What about durians from Sabah and/or Sarawak? Anyone from that part ofthe world like to comment?

robertec
08-05-2007, 12:53 PM
Where can I get good quality and affortable durians other than durian ss2? Please include the location and prices if possible :)

Btw, I'm referring to good durians such as D24, D101, Mas Pahang, Raja Kunyit, Red Prawn and many other varieties. Please include normal durians too if u think its good quality.Thanks again.
What are the main factors that you use to judge if it is good quality durian?

1. Flavour
2. Texture
3. Sweetness
4. Colour
5. Taste
6. Seed size
7. Fruit Size
8. Flesh Volume
9. Edibility of the whole fruit (Ripeness)

If it is a combination of all the above are you willing to pay about RM24 - RM30/kg for it, and even then there is no guarantee that it is indeed a total combination of all the above qualities.

That’s how durian is, not even the durain seller is 100% sure.

And SS2 is not the only palace where you can get good durians.
The boys selling in front of the fruit stall in SS15 are honest and know what they sell cause the fruit comes from their farms.
The young guy at the USJ14 fruit kiosk is ok, but be careful cause when he has lousy fruits he will try to push them off to you too.

Sometimes you cannot blame these guys, they need to sell off the fruit anyway. But if you indicate that you are willing to pay top dollar for the fruit, they will normally be honest with you.

By the way, I understand that the best durains in Penang do not get down to us common people. The Datuks and Tan Sris have already “pau” the complete trees.

A rule of thumb is that durains are best during the beginning of the durain season.
And the texture of the flesh changes after it rains.

I have asked this question before and Orchi has yet to introduce me to the best and consistent durian stall yet, so much for good durains.
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racheljansz
08-05-2007, 07:47 PM
What are the main factors that you use to judge if it is good quality durian?

1. Flavour
2. Texture
3. Sweetness
4. Colour
5. Taste
6. Seed size
7. Fruit Size
8. Flesh Volume
9. Edibility of the whole fruit (Ripeness)

If it is a combination of all the above are you willing to pay about RM24 - RM30/kg for it, and even then there is no guarantee that it is indeed a total combination of all the above qualities.

That’s how durian is, not even the durain seller is 100% sure..



I would sub classify Sweetness and Taste under Flavour and add in Aroma (or odour, if the nose does not belongs to a durian lover)
Most definitely a durian seller cannot guarantee 100% becos by the time he gets it he would not be able to know which tree the particular durian is from. Best he can only know the species.

Within the same orchard, trees of same species do produce durians of different flavour, taste and etc. This is due to age or maturity of the tree, soil under that tree, amount of water and wind it actually gets.

I guess that's why my family only buys 2 species from the Orchards in Pantai Aceh since 90s. Can't wait for the schools holiday to balik kampong to taste the king of fruits :D

Meantime, Here is some food for thought >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durian

USJ27Resident
11-05-2007, 01:56 AM
I have asked this question before and Orchi has yet to introduce me to the best and consistent durian stall yet, so much for good durians.

Robertec, thanks to a friend - have gotten David's number again. Pls check your PM for it... have spoken to him, he said that the current durians are northern/siamese stocks... less rain there? :confused: But the good local ones are only gonna show up in about 2-3 weeks time. He will be carrying stocks then.. You shud try 1 or 2 first with this guy... then decide if you wanna go full throttle with his stocks... :p Cheers.

As for the young fellas that comes in a van/pvt car hawking durians in the evenings/weekends in your local USJ area/streets... please don't even bother... coz you're in for an expensive lesson... ;)

jack12
11-05-2007, 11:15 AM
Thanks for the tips



Robertec, thanks to a friend - have gotten David's number again. Pls check your PM for it... have spoken to him, he said that the current durians are northern/siamese stocks... less rain there? :confused: But the good local ones are only gonna show up in about 2-3 weeks time. He will be carrying stocks then.. You shud try 1 or 2 first with this guy... then decide if you wanna go full throttle with his stocks... :p Cheers.

As for the young fellas that comes in a van/pvt car hawking durians in the evenings/weekends in your local USJ area/streets... please don't even bother... coz you're in for an expensive lesson... ;)

robertec
11-05-2007, 11:52 AM
Robertec, thanks to a friend - have gotten David's number again. Pls check your PM for it... have spoken to him, he said that the current durians are northern/siamese stocks... less rain there? :confused: But the good local ones are only gonna show up in about 2-3 weeks time. He will be carrying stocks then.. You shud try 1 or 2 first with this guy... then decide if you wanna go full throttle with his stocks... :p Cheers.

Thanks for the info.

If the current durians are of Siamese stock I would not bother.

From my personal experience, I find that the best Durians in the world are from Malaysia.

I have tried Thai Durians, Indonesian Durians even durians from Sabah and Sarawak, but I can say that they are all below standard.

By the way is Durian grown anywhere else? Africa or South America?


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coleslaw
11-05-2007, 12:39 PM
hawaii......serious..

USJ27Resident
11-05-2007, 09:39 PM
By the way is Durian grown anywhere else? Africa or South America?..

I hear from friends in Brisbane - they have durians in the upper reaches of Queensland... probably the indonesia (wild) varieties..

Spoke to David (my regular supplier), he said again - that mostly northern or siamese variety are in the market. The local kings are still hanging - belum jatuh lagi... should only be available early June or Mid June...

FYI -even the mangosteens currently sold are from Thailand...

Went to Giant to lepas geram... paid RM10 for a styrofoam pack of durians.. Supposedly gerenti makan! - Yeeeeuuukks! Wasted the RM10 for that urge!!!

Now let me tell you something about David's durians... you spend RM50 bucks with David's selection - you will either relax and not CRAVE for another good durian session for the next few long weeks OR you might just go AGAIN for an overdose of good durian... With David, no way can win... :p

Sentinel
12-05-2007, 12:55 AM
By the way is Durian grown anywhere else? Africa or South America?


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orchipalar
10-07-2007, 12:26 AM
Err buddies...about time this thread is revived...

Recently...Orchi doesn't notice as much durians being sold as compared with 2005...when prices of durians of any varieties from hybrids...or kampung/jungle ones...dropped significantly.

Perhaps it could be due to over logging of the taller jungle or kampung durian trees that fetches high prices in timber industry during the last couple of years...may have caused the supplies of durians in this year season to be lesser.

Nevertheless...Orchi has been buying some nice durians from a fairly new temporary durian stall at USJ 2 which is manned by a couple of young Malay guys.

Of late...they could be seen selling durians from late afternoon hours...until night.

Apart from kampung varieties...from time to time...they would sell with fewer quantities of better durian varieties such as Udang Merah...XO...Tek Khar(Chuk Kiok)...n D24 etc. etc.

Prices are quite reasonable...which ranges from $4 or $5 for Kampung varieties...n between $8 to $12 for the other better durian varieties.

One could explore the following tips...

Tips 1: It would be wise to check the prices before you get the seller to open up the durians.

Tips 2: It would be wise to choose durians which are clean...n it should feel lighter.

Tips 3: It would be wise to choose durians which give off good smell.(to do this...don't eat any durian 1st...otherwise you loose your sense of durian smell from the fruit)

Tips 4: It would be wise to gently shake the fruit(wearing a pair of gloves)...to feel the looseness of the fruit inside.(to determine whether ripe or not)...if you can feel the presence of flesh/seed shaking inside...it is ripe.

Or...run the tip of your finger nails over the torns of the fruit...as if you are brushing it...if the fruit feels hollow...it is ripe.

if the fruit feels hard when you brush the torns...it is NOT ripe.

Tips 5: It would be wise to check the freshness of the bud of the fruit.(it should not be missing...it should still be moist...not dry)...n the butt end of the fruit...should not open up.(if opened up...the fruit is likely overly ripe)

Tips 6: It would be wise to check for any holes on the fruits.(chances are...it would be worm infested)

Tips 7: It would be better to get the guys to open up the durians almost completely...to see if the flesh within are slightly worm infested or badly infested.

Tips 8: Once opened...you should gently stick a finger into the fruits...to see if the flesh is ripe n soft.(don't nip out the flesh to taste it)

Orchi hopes the above would be useful tips in choosing your durians...

Happy hunting...n get intoxicated....ahem...hic! buuurrrrppp! arrrhhhhhh!

Past related thread...read here. (http://www.usj.com.my/bulletin/upload/showthread.php?t=8409&highlight=D24)

sinleong
10-07-2007, 12:41 AM
to save on all that trouble, i recommend you guys to visit the durian stall opposite the pandan jaya business center. here you are guaranteed good durians. if durian is not good, you can exchange them but this has never happened to me. the stall owner will pick and choose for you. he will also open the durians and pack the flesh into styrofoam or plastic containers for you to take home. there are also tables and chairs for you to enjoy your durians at the stall itself and this is the best way because if you ate a durian which is not good, tell the stall owner and he will replace it for you.

USJ27Resident
10-07-2007, 01:24 AM
Err buddies...about time this thread is revived...
Prices are quite reasonable...which ranges from $4 or $5 for Kampung varieties...n between $8 to $12 for the other better durian varieties here.

Guys - Orchi's right about the prices too... seems if your buying ANYTHING in USJ or Subang Jaya, expect to pay premium for it.. :(

My regular seller (David) in USJ14 also sells at the same prices, but well - as long can puas makan - I am guilty of paying the asking prices... :o

Was in Sentul area (just before the Convent Primary School), and came across this old man selling durians again - under the darn tree... had to stop and well, whacked the kampong varieties and - although the seeds were big, the pulp was definately non fiction... yummmm! Damn session only cost me RM3 a pop! Had whacked 3 nice ones, for under RM10 !! Now that would be a sin if happened in USJ ...

NOW... got sore throat acting up !! :(

nyem
10-07-2007, 02:11 AM
Now is the peak time for durian as those in Johore are dropping like hell. I thought many trees are dead due to the big flood earlier this year, so I expect less supply from Segamat. Different states has different time for durian to ripe, so it can be hard to compare the taste of them all at the same time. June supply is mostly from Penang, Johore for July, and Pahang for August. So don't hesitate to have a go or else what you get will be those from Siam.

AllUrban
10-07-2007, 03:39 PM
which fruit seller in SS15? The one beside the KFC or Nasi Kandar Pelita?

Orchi, thanks for the list of "look-fors"...will definitely print out and try it out... :p

Cheers, m

evelynlim
10-07-2007, 04:34 PM
The durian stall(actually is in the lorry) operated by the brothers in front of Babyland/Savemart at SS2 is also with good quality. Their supplies are mostly from Pahang and they normally sell the good grades. I don't crazy over durians but our co.has been ordering from this guys for our yearly durian fest ;)

EricK
10-07-2007, 05:59 PM
what is your vote for the best durian varieties that you have tasted?

orchipalar
10-07-2007, 06:51 PM
what is your vote for the best durian varieties that you have tasted?Err buddies...the BEST that Orchi has tasted are...

1. Ang Chi Kia
2. Pino

Above from Tanjung Sepat, Selangor - Very Rare.

3. Ng Chi San

Above from Chenderiang, Perak.

4. D24
5. D2
6. D101
7. Ang Hey
8. XO

hhtee
10-07-2007, 09:23 PM
just got back from Melaka.

you guys should go to http://www.d-paradise.com.my/

Eat this!!!
http://www.d-paradise.com.my/images/layout-key_attractions_r7_c3.gif

as much as you can for only RM 10....

haha

Entrance fees for me was free because I answered some sort of online questions ( http://www.d-paradise.com.my/free-ticket-entry.php ) :D

P/S my frens and I tried filling in and all us MALES got the free tickets. But for lady friends, I don't know why they cannot get. I really don't know why.

Louis Quartorze
14-07-2007, 08:59 AM
Robertec, thanks to a friend - have gotten David's number again. Pls check your PM for it... have spoken to him, he said that the current durians are northern/siamese stocks... less rain there? :confused: But the good local ones are only gonna show up in about 2-3 weeks time. He will be carrying stocks then.. You shud try 1 or 2 first with this guy... then decide if you wanna go full throttle with his stocks... :p Cheers.

As for the young fellas that comes in a van/pvt car hawking durians in the evenings/weekends in your local USJ area/streets... please don't even bother... coz you're in for an expensive lesson... ;)

I have some friends coming from overseas soon who are durian lovers.

Could you pass me his contact Number or give an indication as to the position of his stall in USJ 14 as I know that the positions of the various fruit stalls there had been recently "rearranged?"

yvc
14-07-2007, 10:21 AM
Bro ORCHI,

Just wanna know how do I know whether the flesh inside is yellowish type (the bitter ones).....without cutting the fruit. Thks.

orchipalar
14-07-2007, 10:37 AM
Bro ORCHI,

Just wanna know how do I know whether the flesh inside is yellowish type (the bitter ones).....without cutting the fruit. Thks.Err buddy YVC...it has been the best kept secret for a long time...BUT that would be history now.

Any durian variety that has greener shell...would normally be 'white' flesh inside...n on the otherhand...anything brownish...would normally be 'yellow' flesh inside.

While the white is normally bitter...which by the way Orchi likes a lot...SOME yellow flesh ones can be really bitter also...ahem...like for instance D24.

Happy hunting...

Oh btw...Orchi might get the chance to eat durians later today...err...in Hong Kong wor.

USJ27Resident
15-07-2007, 03:39 AM
Could you pass me his contact Number or give an indication as to the position of his stall in USJ 14 as I know that the positions of the various fruit stalls there had been recently "rearranged?"

Call DAVID - 012 6283828...

* so far - never have had a complain about his durians... so rest assured, you pay for what you get... satisfaction. It ain't cheap though.
If you want cheap, take a drive to the outskirts... Sentul, Kepong, Klang... here in USJ, nothing is cheap nowadays.. :(

Louis Quartorze
15-07-2007, 08:09 AM
Thanks for the info.

Had been a regular at the well-known set-up in SS2 but USJ would be nearer to home.

SS2 had never been cheap either, but of course, everything, I noticed, is slightly higher in USJ than everywhere else.

I hope he has the Raja Kunyit & Udang Merah varieties, which have been my favorites.

yvc
16-07-2007, 10:19 AM
Err buddy YVC...it has been the best kept secret for a long time...BUT that would be history now.

Any durian variety that has greener shell...would normally be 'white' flesh inside...n on the otherhand...anything brownish...would normally be 'yellow' flesh inside.

While the white is normally bitter...which by the way Orchi likes a lot...SOME yellow flesh ones can be really bitter also...ahem...like for instance D24.

Happy hunting...

Oh btw...Orchi might get the chance to eat durians later today...err...in Hong Kong wor.

Thnks Brother....

asdfgh
16-07-2007, 08:09 PM
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u52/aiza3076/IMG_0288.jpghttp://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa244/ursinw2r/durian.jpghttp://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s230/jnjk_photo/angsim.jpg
It located at PAHANG......

Saruman
16-07-2007, 08:22 PM
Wow! Pictures and all!

I don't know about D24s or whatever, but I bought some from Taipan on Sunday. It was good. An Uncle and Aunty parked beside the restaurant behind Ampang Yong Tau Foo.

RM7 per kg.

asdfgh
16-07-2007, 08:38 PM
Wow! Pictures and all!

I don't know about D24s or whatever, but I bought some from Taipan on Sunday. It was good. An Uncle and Aunty parked beside the restaurant behind Ampang Yong Tau Foo.

RM7 per kg.
At serdang got Pahang D24 durian too.
RM 3.50/Kg only

Saruman
16-07-2007, 08:51 PM
Dare not venture too far out, because don't know how to choose (kena con so many times)....only know how to savour! This couple were good...we enjoyed the feast...and wanted more!
:D

By the way, anyone been for the dim sum at Eden Subang Parade? Heard that they are having a 50% off. Thinking of brunch this Sunday instead of durians.