Malaysia has an abundance of Durian of many varieties and kinds, from the most common and cheap durian to the high end and most expensive type.
There were many durian stalls offering buffets across Johor Bahru. The stall that I am eating about was chosen at random and was next to NSK, a wholesale food supplier. (Very similar to Cosco). Although during our stay in Malaysia I tried many types, by then I wanted to try out the buffet as well.
And here I was …. for the durian buffet where you can indulge yourself in a heavenly feast of highly irresistible fruit. There is a reason for it to be called the King of Fruits after all.
My husband and I paid MYR 28 ($6.70) each for the buffet and impatiently waited for durian which brought to us by a lady who was in charge of the durian buffet. We got a variety of durian types but mostly cheaper types.
The lady brought us three durians and after opening all three at once she gave us instruction on which one to eat first following by other types. If you finish those, then you can ask for more until you are absolutely full. As a durian lover, I was not satisfied with tree durians shared between my husband and me and we asked for more.
When it came to the 6th durian, it was over ripen and it was impossible to eat. So we asked to change for the good one. I was already getting full at that point but thought that I could find room for the last one.
To my surprise, the lady brought us another two large durians to substitute for the bad one and we had to continue our feast. For the first time, I had to seriously consider not eating any more durian but resistance was futile. I kept going until I finished both of them and was comatose with fullness.
The lady was fascinated by how much durian I was able to eat and invited me to her buffet for another durian experience.
Thoughts my experience:
I thought I will never eat durian again after I finished eating the last two durians. But that feeling lasted only for a day. The next day I was hungry for durian and could start all over again!
The whole experience was fun and totally worth it.
When you are in Malaysia, give it a try. You either hate it or love it! I hope you love it as I do.
I’m not including locations because it will change each year. This location had more than one and is likely to have it every year – 📍Jalan Kota Tinggi, Kawasan Perindustrian Pandan, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia. (This is a large Grocery store and market complex)
We found it easiest to find by searching on Facebook.
Find the types of durian you can try in Malaysia in this article.
Learn how to avoid bad durian and not to be scammed by a durian vendor here.
For tips on visiting Durian farm, click here here.