The durian is not called the King of Fruits for nothing. The durian season in Penang, which happens every June and July, is anticipated with bated breath and thousands congregate at Anjung Indah in Balik Pulau each year to savour its creamy, pungent, sweet and sticky-soft flesh. Some suspect that the durian is single-handedly responsible for the steady tourism numbers in Penang during these two months, made up by its fans from as far off as Europe to as close by as the neighbouring towns.
Where to Feast on Durian
The main area for the annual Durian Festival in Penang between June and July is at Anjung Indah in Balik Pulau. There are rows and rows of stalls selling many varieties of the fruit that come from surrounding durian orchards. Best part about this place is, due to its high peak, you will enjoy the fruit while simultaneously soaking in the amazing view of Balik Pulau and the sea. A great selfie spot indeed.
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However, there are also durian stalls nearer the city such as along Jalan Burma and Jalan Macalister, as well as wet markets around Penang.
How to Feast on Durian
There are no rules, really. It’s a fruit and you can eat it raw but due to its soft flesh, you will get messy fingers. However, there are also durian-based desserts available such as durian custard, durian cake, durian ice cream and durian candy. These are normally available sporadically in cafes, restaurants or pop-up stores in shopping malls. It’s well worth doing a bit of research online on where to get them before you go hunting.