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Durian 101: Guide to 10 of the best durian varieties from Malaysia

Learn to tell your Mao Shan Wang from a D13 with this handy primer.

Mao Shan Wang
PHOTOGRAPHY Chew Seng Kim

MAO SHAN WANG

Other names: Butter durian, Cat Mountain King, Rajah Kunyit

Colour: Bright yellow

Taste notes: Durian connoisseurs love its bittersweet taste and sticky, creamy texture. The flesh can be sweet and bitter within the same fruit.

From: Kelantan, Pahang and Johor

 

Durian 101 - Golden Phoenix by Chew Seng Kim
PHOTOGRAPHY Chew Seng Kim

GOLDEN PHOENIX

Other names: Jin Feng

Colour: Pale yellow-white

Taste notes: Bitter with a more watery texture and strong pungent smell.

From: Pahang, Johor

 

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Durian 101 - XO (Photo by Chew Seng Kim)PHOTOGRAPHY Chew Seng Kim

XO

Colour: Pale yellow

Taste notes: Bitter and extremely soft, fleshy meat with an almost alcoholic taste.

From: Johor, Genting, Cameron Highlands

 

Durian 101 - D24 (Photo by Lim Wui Liang)

PHOTOGRAPHY Lim Wui Liang

D24

Other names: Sultan

Colour: Pale yellow

Taste notes: Very creamy and bitter.

From: Johor, Pahang, Cameron Highlands

 

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Durian 101 - D13 (Photo by Chew Seng Kim)
PHOTOGRAPHY Chew Seng Kim

D13 

Colour: Deep burnt orange

Taste notes: Sweet, less fibrous than most durians and not very strong in taste. This durian has large seeds. Good for people trying durians for the first time

From: Johor, Segamat

 

Durian 101 - D1 (Photo by Alan Lim)
PHOTOGRAPHY Alan Lim

D1

Colour: Pale yellow

Taste notes: Small seeds, milky taste. The flesh slips off the seeds and has a light crunch on the surf

From: Johor

 

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Durian 101 - 10 Malaysian duriansPHOTOGRAPHY Chew Seng Kim

D101

Colour: Orange

Taste notes: Easy on the palate, slightly sweet and creamy.

From: Pahang, Johor

 

Durian 101 - Red Prawn (Photo by Chew Seng Kim)
PHOTOGRAPHY Chew Seng Kim

RED PRAWN

Other names: Hong Xia, Ang Hay

Colour: Orangey-red

Taste notes: Sticky with a sweet aftertaste.

From: Pahang, Johor

 

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Durian 101 - Green Bamboo (Photo by Chew Seng Kim)
PHOTOGRAPHY Chew Seng Kim

GREEN BAMBOO

Other names: Qing Zhu

Colour: Pale yellow with a slight greenish tinge

Taste notes: Sweet with fibrous flesh.

From: Johor

 

Durian 101 - Black Pearl (Photo by Alan Lim)
PHOTOGRAPHY Alan Lim

BLACK PEARL

Other names: Hei Zhen Zhu

Colour: Very pale yellow with grey undertones

Taste notes: Slightly bitter, smooth and creamy with small seeds.

Origin: Johor

 

This article was originally published in Sunday Life! on 21 June 2015.

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