Posts Tagged ‘durian’

Hello everyone. A belated happy new year for 2010 and also an early “kung hei fat choi” for the coming Chinese new year and the arrival of the year of the Tiger… (not the beer and… neither Woods.)

Remember Tiger Woods and his wife's skills with a #9 iron?

Year of the Tiger?

 I’ve not been posting for a while but, as we just returned from a stay in Penang, the inspiration came back. For starters I’d like to write about a local specialty, maybe not  loved by all of us? A little bit of controversy here.

Evaluation by an Ang Moh: 

Durian is a fruit from South-East Asia, mostly unknown to Westerners who haven’t traveled in the region. Loved by most locals, the opinion of Westerners is more divided. In fact it’s definite an acquired taste (and even more importantly an acquired smell!)

 I admit I don’t like it and… neither does my wife, who is a Penang native but never liked the fruit. See: it’s not just Gwailos that have trouble with the Durian. They (the Durians, not the Gwailos, although ?) come in a few different varieties, some sweeter some more bitter. For the real lovers the more bitter tasting one is the best. The funny thing (Although I personally don’t see the fun of it!) is that the smellier they are, the better they are supposed to taste, all this according to some diehard lovers of the fruit.  The season for the Durians of Penang mostly runs from April till the end of June. The ones we bought last week came from other parts of Malaysia. Anyway, there’s a lot of other fruits and fruit juices around that I do like. Ever tried fresh nutmeg juice for example? Unknown in the West but heavenly refreshing. Just order it without extra sugar.

 In the mean time, I’ll leave the Durian to my mom in law, like I also leave the “Brussels cheese” (also very stinky) to my dad. I’ll settle for the food stuff I like more!  No hard feelings heh, you durian lovers?

Cheers all.

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Being both customer and judge doesn’t make us foodies as if we were having a PhD in that inexact science called Epicurean Gourmetology. Admit it, we just are not objective when it comes to food. Our upbringing, our cultural inheritance, our traditions and also our instinctive aversion of some exotic dishes do play tricks on us.

Hawker centres however have a huge advantage with their many stalls to allow you always to find that yummy dish among the large choice on offer. There are so many hawker centres in Penang that it would be impossible to try them all.

We all have our preferences because of that one famous stall in that one particular hawker centre that serves that one famous dish that we consider our favourite.


Goodall Food Court

Goodall Food Court is quite large, situated at the corner of Jalan Scott and Jalan Gottlieb. Very convenient for us as it’s very close to our house in Penang. My favourite cockles cooked in a hot and spicy sauce are found here.


Also the satay stall offers very high quality, although I do agree that it’s maybe a very easy dish to cook.


My wife also likes the Poh Piah sold here

 Poh Piah

while her mom says the Durian seller has great quality and is also very inexpensive.


(Regarding the stall that sells chicken wings and bisshop’s noses: not as good as the one on Gurney drive’s Song River Food court.)

Here is the one on Gurney drive:

Song River food court

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