Durian, love it or hate it?

Durian, love it or hate it?

By on August 11, 2014 in Food, Malaysia with 17 Comments

“Its taste can only be described as… indescribable, something you will either love or despise. … Your breath will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother.”
– Anthony Bourdain

With its sharp and thorny exterior, the King of Fruits gives a menacing impression. Coupled with a strong aroma, the controversial fruit has defeated many, including culinary expert Andrew Zimmern, the king of eating weird stuff. However, for those brave enough, the creamy flesh from the exquisite fruit is simply divine.

In Malaysia, over 300,000 metric tonnes of durians are produced yearly, with a large portion grown in Johor, Pahang and Penang. There are over 30 types of durian varieties, each with its own characteristics. Some are sweet, some are bitter; some are creamy, others are firm.

Become a durian expert with our visual guide of the most popular durians in Malaysia.

Durian, Durian - A beginner's guide to the King of Fruits



Want a taste of the King of Fruits? Head over to the nearest fruit farm or go on a durian tour with our special travel packages.

For more information, visit www.tourism.gov.my

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  1. Mr Durian says:

    never heard of Dato Nina’s variant.
    the best variant that i’ve ever tasted is Musang King… the best.. ever!

  2. Shaklee says:

    am i too sensitive when i found that anthony’s review on durian is quite offensive when he said :

    Your breath will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother.”
    – Anthony Bourdain

    or perhaps it is because i am a durian lover

    therefore his words makes me feel like i french kiss a dead grandmother



    *i still love durian!

  3. Francesca says:

    I like musang King

  4. Iklan says:

    Life would never be the same without durian.

  5. @iklan: you’re right Mr. Iklan, life will never be more beautiful without Durian (because we love durian very much)

  6. Sintya says:

    Buah durian yang rasanya sangat lazat membuat para durian lovers menikmatinya. Melakukan pelancongan sambil menikmati buah durian yang terkenal dan paling popular di Indonesia iaitu durian montong. Sangatlah senang :)

  7. afwaz says:

    I love Hor Lor very much. For me, this type is much better than Musang King. I dont know how to explain, just love Hor Lor.

  8. Sintya says:

    I love durian. Hmm yummy

  9. Jobs Kosong says:

    Oh I love durian..I just don’t understand why lots of people hates it..

  10. damien says:

    the majority of Malaysians love to eat durian .. even smell quite strong but tastes very good .. I really like to eat durian :)

  11. Alola says:

    i love durian too! musang king is the best one :)

  12. ingo says:

    I like durian too. The fruit does not smell appetizing, but schmekt quite tasty.

  13. Informasi Kerjaya says:

    I love durian.. especially “durian kampung” :)

  14. Dsyiok says:

    suka durian

  15. ingo says:

    Do you know durian ice cream? I think this is brand new ,they must try it

  16. Zuza says:

    Well, Malaysians mostly love it, but foreigners have sometimes really hard time trying it for the first time.
    Personally I’m not a big fan of it – smell is ok, but the soft texture is a turn off. Although I know some “orang putih” like me, who just love it!
    One of famous bloggers from Poland tried it and made a video during his trip to KL – it’s kind of interesting to watch his face impression change :)

    I wrote about it on my blog:

    Cheers from Polish blogger writing with love about Malaysia!

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