Different Types of Durian You Must Try

Durian grows in tropical regions around the world and particularly popular in Southeast Asia in countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Malaysia is blessed with Durian and I was lucky enough to be in Johor Bahru, South Malaysia during its season June – August and was able to taste so many durian types in Malaysia.

Malaysia is the country that introduced me to this King of Fruit nine years ago and since then I was unable to forget its unique explosive and overpowering sweet smell. Its aroma in the air makes people either run away from it or get seduced by its powerful presence. When I tried durian for the first time I absolutely loved it and can never have enough of this super fruit. 

Here we go….. nine years later….I am back in Malaysia again and I discovered that there are many different types of Durian that grow over here. Each type has its own unique taste, shape, size, colour, texture and aroma. As a durian lover, I decided to embark on a durian adventure. I was on a mission to try as many types as I can find and here is what I discovered. The cheapest I paid for a whole fruit was a little as $1 and the most expensive was $80.

Miniature Durian
Miniature Durian

In Malaysia, durian varieties registered with the Department of Agriculture since 1993. Each durian type has its own registrar number.

What are the durian types in Malaysia?

Kampung – D114 

It is the most common type and it’s the cheapest amongst all the other types. It can be found everywhere and usually cost between MYR 5 to MYR 15 ($1.19 – $1.90) depending on the area it’s sold. The more rural the area the cheaper it is.

Kampung Durian
Mini Kampung Durian

It could taste sweet and creamy or bitter and not so creamy or completely tasteless. Buying Kampung durian is a challenge and if you get the right one it can be a very satisfying experience. It consists of large seeds and thin flesh. When it comes to taste you will never know which one you get hence the price.

The good thing is that most sellers will open the durian and ask you to taste it first. If it’s bad or worm-infested they will find another one and ask you taste it before paying for it.

Choosing Kampung it’s a number game, I personally like it. When you get the right one it can be very delicious, yum.

Green Skin (Cheh Phoy) – D145

It is very easy to spot this type due to its bright green skin. In the past, I assumed that it was unripened durian and avoided it. The colour does not denote ripeness, it’s just a characteristic of this particular type of durian. Its flesh is rich yellow in colour and has a creamy texture that melts in your mouth. This type of Durian is popular in Penang the northern part of Malaysia and usually brought down to the Southern part. Cost MYR 40 ($9.50).

Black Thorn – D200

May have various in sizes but the one I tried was small and round in shape with rusted outside skin colour. To recognize blackthorn you can see one dried blackthorn sticking out at the bottom of the durian. That’s why it’s called Black Thorn.

Black Thorn Durian
Black Thorn Durian

Its flesh is small and plump with thick and creamy “meat” which rich in dark yellow-orange colour. It has an irresistible fruity and flowery aroma. Black Thorn is very popular along with Musang King. They are extremely expensive mainly due to the fact that Chinese tourists are willing to pay very high price for this type. Cost MYR 75 ($18) per kg.

Sunset – D18

This type of Durian has large seeds with thin and fibreless flesh. It tastes sweet with a bitter aftertaste. You normally eat this durian for its bitter taste if you are not keen on a rich and creamy texture.

Sunset D18
Sunset D18

Due to its large seeds and thin meat, after all this durian is not as popular amongst the other types. However, if you are adventures in tasting durians and experimenting with different tastes then I would certainly recommend it to try it. Cost MYR 25 ($6).

Red Prawn – D175

I tried Red Prawn Durian several times but they were never red but rather a burnt orange colour. From what I remember, It had the least amount of fibre. We also didn’t get the watery texture as we read from other reviews. Its flesh was dry and tasted very sweet and pleasantly bitter. It felt like I was eating burnt vanilla caramel. Its flavour woke up an appetite within me. Cost MYR 27 ($6.50).

This was one of my favourites. I would highly recommend trying this type. It is not too expensive and the taste is absolutely delicious.

Musang King  – Premium variety D197

Musang King is so popular that it could cost 40% more than any other durian types.

It has a green colour like other varieties however, if you look at the bottom of it, you will find star-shaped pattern dividing into segments throughout the lengths of the fruit. The shape of it is more oval than round, more like a rugby ball (slightly fatter American football) At first bite, you will feel the sensation of rich and creamy flavour. It is so smooth and deliciously sweet with a hint of bitterness that its flesh melts in your mouth in one bite. Musang King’s flesh is thick and has a deep yellow colour. The seeds are small and slender. Depending on its size and the location, the price could start from MYR 50 to MYR 120 ($12 – $30) per kg.

My verdict: Totally worth it!

Golden Phoenix – D198

Not a very memorable experience with Golden Phoenix. This is the first durian I tried in Kulai which is North of Johor. It tasted quite bitter compared to other types of durian that I tried. The texture was dry and its bitterness was so profound and long-lasting.

The shape of durian was perfectly rounded and had a pale thick flesh with small seeds. It cost 28 MYR per kg which was worth it for the amount of flesh you get. Cost MYR 65 ($15.50).

D24

Is very common durian which is affordable with pretty good taste, thick and creamy texture and the right balance of bitterness and sweetness.

Durian D24
Durian on Display – D24

It is also a type of durian that you can keep on eating it without getting too sick of it. Cost MYR 15 and above ($4).

XO

XO is one of the most bitter-tasting durians. This type of durian you can find in almost every durian stall. It is well recognisable due to its brownish colour outside and its pale yellow flesh which is very soft, watery and intensely bitter. When it’s fully ripeness you can taste slight alcoholic aftertaste due to the fermentation process inside its shell. Although It is tasty it’s not one of my favourites and definitely wouldn’t recommend starting with this. Cost MYR 40 and above ($10).

D101

Tried a few times this type before tasting other varieties. It has small seeds and its flesh has a gentle flavour, creamy but mildly sweet and not so overpowering.

Durian - D101
Durian – D101

Very “friendly” durian I would recommend this type to someone who has never tried durian before. It is on the cheaper side. Cost MYR 28 ($7).

F1

I absolutely loved this type. It had deep yellow flesh and rich buttery, bitter aftertaste. After one bite I instantly felt ecstatic it is like a drug which I couldn’t stop and had whole fruit to myself.

Enjoying F1 Durian
Enjoying eating F1 Durian

This is the last type I tried in Kulai and I was addicted to it bittersweet taste and sticky, creamy texture. It’s definitely got me hooked. Even now….just thinking of it, makes my mouth water.  Rare type and we only found this in rural areas. Cost MYR 30 ($8).

Paying the highest price it doesn’t mean that you will get the best quality. It is easy to scam when it comes to types of durian. It is better to go for cheaper durians but go for a few rather just trying one. The cheapest type is what I ate the most. But for every two good fruits, there was one that didn’t taste good.

How to avoid bad durian and not to be scammed by a durian vendor find out here.

I will always associate Malaysia with durian adventures I have had for the past six months. If I ever go back to Malaysia I would make sure that I go back during durian season.

I would love to hear about your durian adventures when you are next in Malaysia or other countries. What types of Durian did you taste? Do you have other tips to share?

If you are interested in quantity over quality ( like I was on some days) then check it out all you can eat durian buffet.

If you are interested in Tips for visiting Durian farm, you can find here.

Sources:

https://www.you.co/sg/blog/types-of-durians-how-to-pick-the-best-durian/

by | Sep 1, 2019

Categories

Noodle-Shroom Stir-Fry

Noodle-Shroom Stir-Fry

This Noodle-Shroom Stir-Fry has three different types of mushrooms and bok choy! This is one of my favourite stir-fry recipes because I can add different types of...

Peppers Stuffed with Onion and Mushroom

Peppers Stuffed with Onion and Mushrooms

I personally love this Peppers Stuffed with Onion and Mushrooms recipe because I’m really a huge fan of peppers and I especially love stuffing them. They are...

Banana-na Bake Zero Sugar Vegan Fruit and Nut Cake

Banana-na Bake Zero Sugar

The best thing about this Banana-na Bake Zero Sugar cake is that you don't need to spend time figuring out the perfect egg substitute to make a cake because bananas...

Vegan Beef (TVP) Curry with Rice

Vegan Beef (TVP) Curry with Rice

My version of Vegan Beef (TVP) Curry makes such a great tasty topping for rice! I also use roasted curry powder to give it a ridiculously tasty sauce that...

Vegan Stir-Fried Noodles

Vegan Stir-fried Noodles

Vegan Stir-Fried Noodles is the perfect recipe if you want to cook a delicious dinner without making so much effort. One of the many things I love about this dish is...

Myth or Fact: Tofu Blog

5 Common Myths About Tofu

Are you wondering what are the common myths about tofu? For many people, especially vegans and vegetarians, tofu has been a great source of protein. Tofu is made by...

Stir-fried Cauliflower

Quick and Easy Stir-Fried Cauliflower

I have always loved how I can have endless creative ways to use cauliflower. This simple, quick, and easy stir-fried cauliflower recipe is one of my favourite ways...

Jamaican-Inspired Vegan Curry

This delicious Jamaican-inspired Vegan Curry is made with mushrooms, sweet red peppers, cherry tomatoes and Jamaican spice that gives its extra kick of irresistible...

Homemade Thin-Crust Vegan Pizza

Homemade Vegan Thin Crust Pizza

Did you know you can easily make the best-tasting homemade vegan thin crust pizza at home? Being vegan, it's hard to find a healthy, dairy-free pizza that won't lead...

Air-Fried Vegan Banana Bread

Air-Fried Vegan Banana Bread

I made a super simple and easy Vegan Banana Bread. It is oil, egg and dairy-free. I made a little twist and decided to make it using only my air fryer. It turned out...

About the Author

<a href="https://strongwithplants.com/author/inga/" target="_self">Inga K</a>

Inga K

Inga became vegan in March 2018. After a series of documentaries that hit hard, she and her husband switched to a plant-based diet within a week and vegan soon after.Inga has a UK Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Diet and Nutrition.

Strongwithplants.com is a blog for anyone who strives for a healthy and happy life. We share healthy plant-based (and often oil-free) recipes and give you the best tips on finding vegan local food whilst travelling, promoting a plant-based lifestyle focusing on good health and spiritual wellbeing.

A plant-based lifestyle is not about giving up. It’s about embracing all that’s good. Eat food that doesn’t harm your body, animals, or the planet. Use a little as possible and recycle everything. Eat local and unprocessed food to minimise your carbon footprint. Avoid buying anything that contributes to animal suffering.

Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. Please seek advice from a professional nutritionist or your doctor.

Please see the full disclaimer here.

 

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *