Durian in Kalimantan
Replies: 31 - Last Post: Nov 15, 2012 10:12 PM Last Post By: johnney
Nov 11, 2012 8:31 PM
Durian in KalimantanHi,
I'll be heading to Kalimantan in a few days (this is short notice, I realize), on a rather strange mission. For the last year I've been traveling SE Asia researching durian fruit and it's role in various cultures. I'm a bit at a loss for Kalimantan - I have several tips and a possible contact, but on the whole it's really difficult to get information about durian in Kalimantan.
Does anyone have experience with durian in Kalimantan? I'm hoping that Lazlo will see this post, as he seems to be the most experienced.
So far, I'm looking at Buntok in Central Kalimantan, Putussibao region in Western Kalimantan, and Nunukan region in the north. Anyone have any info about these regions? Contacts for guides/translators?
Nov 11, 2012 9:05 PM
Nov 11, 2012 9:25 PM
2Durian in Indonesia is best in Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok and southern Kalimantan...which is not on your list. No particular order here in my list.
Most durian connoisseurs that I know here in Bali…my Balinese wife among them, say that the best durian comes from Thailand. I guess that helps to explain that with all the local durian available here during the season, imported durian from Thailand is the most sought after and you can find Thai durian here very easily.
Personally, I hate it, and would rather be caught munching on an elephant’s snot than a hunk of durian. I'd even gladly take inhaling the smell of cooking shrimp paste over the scent of durian.
So it goes, not all things in paradise are necessarily Godly in nature.
Nov 11, 2012 9:47 PM
3My friend, can you even get durian in OZ? If so, how much for a good sized one with an expected six pieces?
And, assuming you can buy that horrible fruit in OZ, how much is the price difference between Indonesian imported and Thai imported durian?
I have to admit though, and I hardly ever share this secret, but if a western guy is trying to get an Indonesian lady’s attention…forget the jewelry or dinner out…buy her durian and enough for her whole family too!
Nov 11, 2012 9:54 PM
Nov 11, 2012 10:02 PM
Nov 11, 2012 10:13 PM
6OK, I’ve got your PM my friend, and yes, I do hate durian that much.
My wonderful life is even more made a hell because our three boys love it as much as their mom! It’s my karma, I’m sure of that.
As for you bringing over some tempoyak from Sumatra when you come to visit…just remember the nearby Ayung River is a famous place for ghosts (hantu) both recent and past! LOL!
Nov 11, 2012 11:29 PM
7Thai durian is available in Sydney for about $6 per kilo from a major supermarket. Never see Indon durian. It has been frozen and defrosted just before selling. It tastes OK. I believe some is grown in northern Australia but it would only have a local distribution in Queensland and the Northern Territory. Actually I am quite happy eating Sumatrian durian too.
Nov 12, 2012 12:37 AM
Nov 12, 2012 2:09 AM
9Penang, Malaysia durian is considered the XO of durian in southeast asia. The best of the best.
There is a great book you should read entitled "Durian The True Pearl of the Orient"
Currently there is a rare second season taking place in Penang, Malaysia. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/11/12/nation/12307292&sec=
Nov 12, 2012 2:22 AM
Check out the tempoyak too when you get to West Kalimantan (poster MadeIndra's favourite food, especially delicious eaten with ketan).
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