No other fruit is as loved – and as hated – as the durians. There has never been a fruit so steeped in dichotomy. Weighing up to 7 pounds, encased in a thick thorny shell, and cursed with an atrocious odour, the fruit of the durian tree is also venerated as the “king of fruits.”
Unarguably the most popular fruit throughout Southeast Asia, durian is also banned in many public places.
For many in the region, the spiny, football-size fruit with the divinely custardy flesh is as much a cultural icon as it is a treasured, eagerly anticipated food.
Growing on trees in moist, tropical climates throughout Southeast Asia, durians have a limited season and an extremely short shelf life. The trees themselves, sometimes as tall as 130 feet, are pollinated by bats. Three to four months later, the fruit, each weighing several pounds, plummets down, already reeking with its characteristic aroma.
Because of the short duration of tasty ripeness, durians are expensive, and purchasing one is a solemn, smelly ritual: only by odour can one determine whether a durian is truly ripe.
Not surprisingly for so valued a fruit, all parts of the durian tree are used in folk medicine. The flesh itself is regarded as an aphrodisiac.
Most Malaysians somewhat adulate the durians and can’t seem to get enough of the potently odouriferous yet uniquely exquisite flesh.
Now come this 29 – 30 September 2018 and 1 October 2018, Sutera Harbour Resort is inviting everyone to feast like kings with a spread of 7 best selected types of durian including the formidable Musang King and Johor Mas.
With just RM150.00nett per adult and RM50nett per child (for walk-in guests); RM120nett per adult and RM40nett per child (for in-house guests and club members), everyone can enjoy Sutera’s Eat All You Can Durian Buffet Fiesta at the Marina Boardwalk Parking Zone, Sutera Harbour Resort.
There will be two sessions; session 1 begins at 3pm and ends at 6pm while session 2 begins at 7pm and ends at 10pm.
Guests are allowed to consume as many servings as they want but should there be any leftover on any plate, a fine of RM30 will be imposed.
Other types of durian waiting to be devoured are Sabah Mystery 1, Sabah Mystery 2, Durian VIP, Kinabalu Orange Lady and Kinabalu Red Lady.
The two ‘ladies’ are endemic to Borneo and also known locally as Dalit (Kinabalu Red Lady) and Sukang (Kinabalu Orange Lady). They don’t really have that strong pungent smell like their famous cousins and have a distinct taste which is also entirely different from the normal durians.
Apart from the king of fruits, other seasonal fruits are also available like rambutan, salak, pomelo, banana and mangosteen.
Now, durian is somewhat considered as ‘heaty’ fruit. The body experiences rise in body temperature and the throat becomes dry, after eating durians. Some would usually drink water poured first into the chambers; other would balance the heat by eating another tropical fruit as an essential complementary fruit after eating durians.
The mangosteen has cooling properties and acts as a counter-agent after eating the durians. A proper durian feast is therefore not complete without the culminating sweet and juicy mangosteen indulgence. That is why the mangosteen is considered the Queen of fruits.
So, why not give us a call at 088-318 888 and find out more about this anticipated fiesta. See you all there!