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The durian is back, where can you get the king of fruits in Sabah?

Published on 18 July 2018|
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It’s durian season once again and this time, the harvest is more than plentiful!

For all you durian-lovers out there, this season is one of abundance and plenty. From East to West Malaysia, durian trees are sinking with the weight (not really, but you get the picture) of the king of fruits.

Bumper crop a pleasant surprise for all

The unusually productive harvest has pleasantly surprised durian farmers and merchants alike. We have to say, though, that the ones who benefit the most are us — the eaters!

The king of fruits / Credit: Free Malaysia Today

Some popular varieties of the fruit are:

Musang King – known for its bitter, buttery taste and bright yellow hue, this variety is highly sought after and comes with a hefty price tag too

D1 – a great choice for those with a sweet tooth. Its pale yellow flesh is creamy and sweet, and its small seeds make it even better!

XO – feels like a hug and kiss for the tastebuds and tummy, for sure! It’s also a bitter variety, but has very soft flesh and tastes slightly fermented

D24 – who doesn’t know this variety? You’re not a true-blue durian eater if you haven’t tried this, also known as the Sultan. Its strong and bitter taste is unrivaled.

Wild Durian – Sukang, a Sabahan durian variety boasts red flesh, while Dalit is another wild durian found here in Sabah with orangey-red flesh.

For West Malaysians, durian buffets. Here in Sabah, durian tours!

On both sides of the sea, we celebrate the king of fruits in our own special way. In Karak (a town around 40 mins away from Kuala Lumpur), the overflowing harvest means a durian buffet for hungry Malaysians and Singaporeans.

Here in Sabah, on the other hand, tour operators have started organising ‘durian tours’ which have proved a big hit among tourists. According to a Daily Express news report, Chinese tourists are excited to eat Musang King and durian kampung. And as it is the fruiting season now, supply is great.

Where can you get durian in Kota Kinabalu and around?

Durian stalls under the pedestrian bridge near Central Market, KK / Credit: Year of the Durian

Here are some places where you can get a good durian fix this season:

  • Under the pedestrian bridge along Central Market in Kota Kinabalu. This is by far the locals’ favourite durian haunt; ask any Sabahan where to get durian and they’ll lead you straight here.
  • A durian truck in Foh Sang (near Walnut Bakery). The uncle here brings in durian from West Malaysia too, so you can find some nice varieties here.
  • Along the road! Yes, many times you’ll find tasty and fresh durian kampung along the road once you head out of Kota Kinabalu. There are a number of these stalls along the way to Kundasang and Ranau.
  • Durian Food Truck – Until 31 August, this truck is offering Musang King, D24 and D13 durian at Hilton Kota Kinabalu. 5-10pm daily. Priced by weight.

This season also means new things fruiting in Kota Kinabalu, such as the Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel which has finally opened!


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