Saturday, December 31, 2011

Once Upon A Time....In My Life

The Interior of An Old Penang House

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Its that time of the year again ie the durian season has begun. Guess what? I made a fantastic discovery on my way back from Temerloh today, that there were still durians being harvested from durian trees of over a 100 hundred years old. Apparently the saplings from such trees fetch an exhorbitant price if you are lucky enough to be sold one. This I was told by one of the proprietors of the numerous road side stalls at the KL-Karak Highway, near the Bentong junction.

The cost of such a durian is RM12 per kilo, more than double the price of the durian kampung (translation : village durian ie durians of the wild & natural variety).

Of course there are the hybrid durians (durian kacuk or durian kahwin) with fanciful names like Mau San Wong (Musang King) or XO. Hybrid durians have been bred to taste good and to be fleshy for a better bang for the buck but I would highly advise you to avoid them. Shoot me a message if you are keen to know why.

Anyway, what's the verdict on 'hundred year old' durians? F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C. It was like eating sugar and it had the thinnest of seeds giving a lot of flesh per fruit. Would I buy it again? Hell Yeah!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011