* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 21st June 2010.

Many people love the durians from Penang and the best time to indulge in the King of Fruits this year is from the month of May to late July. This year’s durian season is much later due to the unpredictable weather.

Many will make a visit to the durian farms located around Teluk Bahang, Pantai Aceh and Balik Pulau, with the latter being the most popular area for durian seekers. Most of these farms are closed to the public and only a few are open and even then, they tend to be more of eco-tourism orientated.

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The King of Fruits Have Arrived!

We had a wonderful outing visiting the Pondok Upeh durian farm which is one of the several private durian orchards in Balik Pulau area operated by the Loh Family! When we arrived, we were greeted by Mr Loh and he led us tracking up the narrow path hemmed in by many tropical fruit trees and wild vegetarians.

Durians are in full swing with many of the trees laden with the fruit. Besides two hundred over durian trees, Mr Loh cultivates many other types of fruit trees; including the mangosteen, rambutan, dragonfruit, jackfruit, langsat and the famous Penang iconic nutmeg.

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Day out enjoying the natural atmosphere of the orchard

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The trail ascends and descends, including some steep steps and we rested at the compound of Mr Loh’s house before we continued with the journey up to the higher part of the orchard. Along the way, he shared with us the various types of durians and the information on growing them.

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He stressed that the older durian trees planted about twenty-five years ago produces higher quality durians. The fruit tend to have a stronger fragrance and flavor with smooth thick creamy flesh as compared to those produced by the younger trees. It was indeed a new learning experience knowing so much more in depth about the durians.

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A four-in-a-row of the majestic fruit!

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A durian from one of the nettings

To prevent the durians from falling down to the ground, Mr Loh came out with several ways, such as setting up nettings and tying the durians individually with strings. Apparently, these methods ensure that the durian do not crack on the falling impact.

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Durians tied with strings

After the tour, we returned to the house and tried a few different durians that Mr Loh had reserved for us. The flavorful durians were dropped from the tree the night before and harvested early in the morning. Mr Loh begins his rounds collecting the durians in the early hours from 5am in the morning!

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Mr Loh pries open the durian easily

The species that we had included the Hor Loh, Ang Heh and the Chaer Phoy, with each having its own flavor ranging from sweet to bittersweet. All of them have a substantial amount of flesh. Mr Loh advises us to warm up the taste buds with a mild flavored durian before progressing to the stronger ones.

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Thick creamy flesh with tiny seeds

Balik Pulau Durian Farm Visit - Pondok Upeh by what2seeonline.com

The thick aromatic orange reddish flesh of the Ang Heh

 

The flesh of the highly popular Hor Loh (Water Gourd Durian) is very soft and creamy in texture. This is a sweeter type of durian. The aromatic orange reddish flesh of the Ang Heh (Red Prawn Durian) with a bitter sweet taste is a favorite among durian lovers. This durian is rather expensive and its delicate flesh is delightful to bite on. On the other hand the Chaer Phoy (Green Skin Durian) with its soft creamy pale yellow flesh might not look appealing; however it is very tasty, a bit dry with a slightly sweet taste. It was indeed finger licking good!

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Every durian fruit is different from the other

Mr Loh shows us how the durian pulp are taken from the seed and used to cook into the sweet durian kuih. This delightful treat is made by his mother. The gusty seventy year over lady spends a few hours constantly stirring the durian kuih mixture from getting burnt. It is difficult to resist the superb aroma wafting through the air. A roll of the durian kuih, made without any preservatives cost RM7.

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From Mr Loh house we could see the spectacular seaview and the township of Teluk Bahang. Indeed enjoyable, experiencing a day in a durian farm with vast grassland and live stock of chickens waddling around. The surrounding air was much cooler and breathing in the fresh air was like rejuvenating oneself.

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Magnificent view from Mr Loh’s Plantation

Do give a call to Mr Loh to check the availability of this seasonal fruit before hand as he might not have any durians for the day. Most of the durians are already allocated and sold to the durian sellers in town and for called-up visitors. For those who are not familiar with the location, Mr Loh will arrange for a meet-up to guide you to the farm.

Mr Loh
Tel:  017 4464959

GPS Coordinates: N05 20.289   E100 14.256

For those who do not wish to travel all the way to Balik Pulau, you can easily get the durians from Penang Ah Teik Durian Stall. This stall is conveniently located right beside the Sun Yat Sen building in Lorong Susu/Mccalister Road.


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25 comments so far

 1 

King of the Fruits!!!

June 15th, 2010 at 5:39 pm
 2 

yummy!!! i love visiting durian farms to enjoy the durian! but dunno why this year i dont seem to crave durians!

June 15th, 2010 at 5:53 pm
 3 

Balik Pulau is famous for its durian orchard, hope to visit it one day. I love that Ang Heh variety.

June 15th, 2010 at 6:01 pm
 4 

OMG….I cannot stop my saliva. Great writeup and great photos

June 15th, 2010 at 6:58 pm
 5 

Lingzie….I love to buy your durian cupcakes if you are making them

June 15th, 2010 at 7:00 pm
 6 

wah…u all din wear the safety helmet when enter durian farm…later one drop and strike lottery will be a painful one…

can see the durian is so juicy and can imagine the smell…me and yve fav ler…wonder dylan will like it a not

CK Lam Reply:

Haha…never thought of wearing a helmet then. Luckily no durian droppings on at that time :)

June 15th, 2010 at 7:04 pm
 7 

Wow, severely jealous of your tour of his orchard! Those durian look marvelous. We have to wait until December here in Sarawak until we get our durian season.

How did Mr. Loh tie the strings around the durian so high up in the tree? Does he pay monkeys to do it?

CK Lam Reply:

The owner had to pay workers doing the job for him and it is calculated by per fruit…

June 15th, 2010 at 8:46 pm
 8 

I like ang her. How did Mr Loh charge?

CK Lam Reply:

No too sure as he calculated a whole lump sum for the number of durians that we had eaten.

June 15th, 2010 at 10:15 pm
 9 

wow this is what you told me the other day! aawesome, the durians you had that day are full with intensity, great colours and fulkl of fragrant! Hey love your article on NST today! very heritage place to dine out! :)

June 16th, 2010 at 8:52 am
 10 

This would be a great outing – i love visiting orchards – durain orchards some more! Lovely durians!

June 16th, 2010 at 8:53 am
smartgoh
 11 

Hope we can visit this Durian farm during our trip next month.

June 16th, 2010 at 10:17 am
 12 

Oh durians! Missing the durians at Balik Pulau!

June 16th, 2010 at 10:42 am
 13 

That pic of the durians tied with strings looks like a still from a local production of Avatar – very cool! :D

I had two durian fixes already, both times from Jusco alas. Must find time to visit a dusun soon! :P

CK Lam Reply:

Come over to Penang to catch up with some durians from the farm before the end of the durian season…

June 16th, 2010 at 2:10 pm
 14 

I think I would need to get that exercise first before indulging myself in the King of Fruits. LOL! Anyway, I love the Ang Hae and Hor Lor a lot. :)

June 16th, 2010 at 4:16 pm
 15 

I miss my Penang Hor Lor more than KL raja kunyit …..

June 16th, 2010 at 10:19 pm
 16 

I MISSSSSS durianss… I am sure going to go back and makan till fever only come back kl. . . can smell the scent of it now..

*craving craving . . . .

June 17th, 2010 at 10:11 am
Foodsearcher
 17 

We’ll be in Penang during mid-Aug, will there still be durians? Since the season starts later this year, it will end later, too? Really looking forward to tasting the creamy durians.. slurp

CK Lam Reply:

I think that would be a little off the season but anyway you can always try.

June 17th, 2010 at 2:13 pm
 18 

i admit I was attracted byy the word of “DURIAN” :P

June 17th, 2010 at 3:25 pm
 19 

got any best durian pancake to recommend in penang?

CK Lam Reply:

I have yet to come across delicious durian pancake in Penang :(

June 17th, 2010 at 4:44 pm
 20 

hmm……. missed the hor lor and ang hey. Guess the next durian I will be eating are them. ^-^ Nice trip!

June 18th, 2010 at 8:24 am
 21 

The Ang Heh got me salivating-never knew that they had to tie the durian up.

June 18th, 2010 at 10:16 am
 22 

Like eating cream cheese strained through smelly socks.

June 20th, 2010 at 10:00 pm
eva
 23 

how can i get there, is there any travel agent arrange the tour to go there?

September 26th, 2010 at 1:39 am
A K Lee
 24 

I am organizing a tour (20 persons) to visit Malaysia from Hong Kong in May, we would like to visit a Durian farm in Penang or somewhere around. Kindly advise the way for me to arrange in advance. Many thanks1

March 6th, 2012 at 4:03 pm
aGNES
 25 

hai my name is Agnes… i arangge tour to St. Anne feast..after feast i want to arangge our people come and visit fruit farm..can you please help me to guide our group 44 people to enjoy your farm and give me some idea how am i go arangge this….we all be there on 28/7/2013 afternoon…..this is 1st time i arangge to farm…give me full details got any payment for this? any discount for group? please let me know..
Thank you…Agnes 019 2820491

January 30th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

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