Born to be wild…

I think I have blogged about this before, probably a long time ago when I was still using my mobile phone to take snapshots for my posts so if you have missed that one, this is what we call (buah)Β pakon

Pakon 1

…or sua liew lian in Hokkien, meaning wild durian, probably because as the name implies, it actually does grow wild.

Pakon 2

This is easy to open – you just step on it (make sure you’re wearing shoes or slippers though) and the whole fruit will come apart – no need to use a knife or whatever else. It has a smell similar to that of the durian except that it is milder and not so pungent.

The flesh is not as mushy as the durian so when you eat it, you will not get your fingers all dirty and smelly as when you’re eating durian.

Pakon 3

The taste is a little bit like durian but not exactly – it has a taste peculiar to it and itself alone.

It used to be cheaper – for RM10.00, we could get at least 4 – 5 of the fruit tied in a bundle but these days, they can cost up to RM10.00 or more a kilo at a shop near my house. I’ve not been to the market lately so I’m not too sure whether they have this at the market right now and how much they’re selling them for there – I hear they’re going for RM12.00 a kg). At such an exorbitant price, I certainly would think twice about buying. You would too, wouldn’t you? Sigh!!!

Author: suituapui

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34 thoughts on “Born to be wild…”

  1. wow…i wonder next month still have or not. Ate this once only. I remembered that the taste was very strong. Much stronger than normal durian.

    Dunno. Not many this season…very few and hard to come by. Maybe that’s why so expensive. Looks like the ruits like dabai getting less and less… Probably all finished by the time you people get here. 😦

  2. I love durian…..
    D meat looks so golden yellow…..
    Now d durian in kl is like gold…
    4 d Kucing mountain king could cost up to rm30/kg….
    It is like rm50/durian… N ppl still buying it…..
    I remember those days….rm10 u could have one big longgok…

    So expensive??? So many durians there, all year round….and everybody’s eating like there’s no tomorrow – I thought they’re very cheap.

  3. Wah…..the color so yellow! Must be darn nice!

    My missus loves it! Can sit down and eat and eat and eat. I’m ok with it and durian – will eat if there’s any…and will not bother to go out and buy.

  4. hahaha, i thot it’s some kind of rambutan’s relatives looking at the first photo!! ok, so it’s wild durians huh?? looks cute and the flesh is so colorful!! but too bad, durian is never my food, i don’t like it~~ :p

    I’m not crazy about them either. Will eat if there are any around. Otherwise, never mind…

  5. With that kinda price I’d go into the jungle to pick them up myself! But I have not seen this fruit in my entire life.. maybe I’m not WILD enuf? πŸ˜€

    Muahahahahaha!!!! And you wanna go into the wild! No worries…you’re too skinny – no wild animal would wanna eat you! πŸ˜€

  6. I’m not a big fan of wild durians, too little meat for me, but I haven’t had any in a long time.

    Looks good! πŸ™‚

    Yes, they’re not as fleshy as the usual durians…

  7. Ooooh….I love your pictures. Makes me miss home and craving for durians. So glad I got to eat some when I went back recently…….mmmm. Now, I sure want to thank you very much for teaching how to open these goldies. Never thought of stepping on them….haha. I’ll remember that…would be so fun. Of course I will wear shoes to do that….LOL

    With “real” durians, if they’re ripe enough, you can just push a stainless steel (butter) knife (like the ones people use to help themselves to long ago on MAS flights) into the “eye” at the bottom and the fruit will open like a flower… No need to chop half dead. πŸ˜‰

  8. rm12 a kilo still fine, isn’t it? I mean consider it is wild and hard to find!
    anyway how big is the size? i never eat before and would like to try! =D

    Small. Maybe half the size of the usual durian. Well, now that I know the prices of durians in West Malaysia, RM10 a kg ain’t so bad after all. πŸ˜‰

  9. Hey… can you store up these fruits for next month??? Now you have made me very curious about the taste.. it looks like a durian to me, no less.. how it tastes, I hope I can try that out next month! πŸ™‚

    I don’t think so. Just pray that there will still be some on sale when you’re here so you can try… πŸ˜‰

  10. Eh, you so bad one lar.When I visited you last year, you told me you cannot eat durian and now here you are tayang-ing durian’s cousin!I have never eaten wild durian before as my late mom always cakap tak sedap.Is it true?..but the colour, wow so yellow and look so sedap!

    I’m not crazy about these either but like durians, I will eat when there are any. Lucy loves them so she will buy whenever she sees any on sale. This one, not so mushy and the smell is not so strong or pungent – a milder version of the durian.

    1. You think Simon and Justyn will like it then? Remind me to buy them next time when I visit you to let the boys try, okay.

      Simon does not like all fruits…and anyway, it is not so easy to get hold of the fruit these days. Let’s see if you’re that lucky…the next time you decide to hop over.

  11. hey this is so interesting, i did not know there is this variant.. looks just like the durian.

    And just by stepping on it, it’ll open? wow…

    Yup…easy peasy! πŸ˜‰

  12. Yesss dabai is so expensive. My mom just brought some back from Sibu, & gosh were they lovely! Creamy luscious flesh….

    Durians are expensive here in KL ie: misai kucing, XO etc etc

    Never bother with those, we still hunt for those longgok kampung durians. Those are darn good and lighter on the wallet too i must say.

    Had the red color flesh wild durian last time back home in sibu but was never fond of them. Bit weird sweetish taste

    Yes, anytime between RM20-30. At one time when there was a lot, it went down but still over RM10 a kg. No longer as cheap as it used to be… The red coloured ones? Was it the same as these pakon…or the ones with very very sharp thorns? I don’t like those – have a peculiar smell…so not as nice.

  13. I think this is what my grandma referred to as ‘durian hantu’. some has orangy color.

    Dunno. These, the thorns are not as sharp as the other type – red-coloured…and you get pricked the moment you touch. When opening, I had to wrap with a kitchen towel – this one, no need…and the red ones have a not-so-nice smell.

  14. Oooo! Durians! Yah, it doesn’t look as mushy and it looks as if it has a thin skin on it. I love durians but this wild one is not catching my interest somehow πŸ™‚

    Tak kenal, maka tak cinta… πŸ˜‰

  15. Emmm…with that price I can get more D24..eheheheh. first time seeing this buah liar.ahhahahah

    If you ask the durian lovers here, they will swear by the original ones from the jungle here – they will scoff at all those cultivated hybrids that you people love over there. As for me, they’re all the same to me – to me, a durian is a durian…but this one’s uniquely different. Has its own attraction… πŸ˜‰

  16. First time seeing this type of durian. I think I am drowning in my own DROOOL!! Arthur, if you don’t see me in Sibu next month, you know what happen!! LOL!

    Oh no!!!! You cannot NOT come. I’m counting the days already….waiting and waiting…and waiting…

  17. “liu lian” ar? Ok, not a fan of durian. πŸ˜€ But this mini durian look cute.

    You’ve never tried? Used to have lots here when in season…but I think it’s slowly becoming extinct. 😦

  18. Wow!!…this sua liew lian also that expensive. Though a great lover of durian, I have never tasted one before. If I am not wrong, it is smaller in size and the thorns are longer. BTW, does it taste like the normal durian?

    Remotely. Not so mushy and smell not so strong. There is another type with very long and very sharp thorns. Don’t mistake this one for that one – not the same.

  19. the wild durian, pakan, always come after the normal durian season. It is getting very rare nowadays due to deforestation and destruction of its habiitat as it is a wild one.

    Yes, that was what the sellers told me…and not many this season. Used to buy a lot by the roadside night time at the Tua Pek Kong wharf just a couple of years ago…

  20. So this is not really durian? The shape looks funny but the flesh does look similar! Is it sweet?

    It is a variety of durian, growing wild in the forest here…and slowly becoming extinct. Guess if there were any in the peninsula before, they would be all gone by now – the price we pay for development. 😦

  21. it reminds me of marang. do you have it there also? i hate the smell of marang because it smells like gasoline/petroleum

    Nah!!! It’s not marang…or what we call buah terap here. My mum loves it…so will be keeping my eyes open for it. Once available, must buy for her to eat. I like the smell…more than the other varieties in the same family.

  22. First I thought you bought a big bike……then a spiky helmet……aiya buah pakon lah…..ha ha ha!

    All because of the post title, eh? Wow! You’re also a rocker kah? LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  23. it looks like a petite version of the durian and the flesh looked so nice! I wish we had it here and I could try.

    It is… I’ve saved a few seeds in the freezer – see whether they can keep or not. If it’s ok after some time, then next season, I can store and keep for friends. Dunno if they will allow those on the plane or not though even though the smell is not as strong as ordinary durian.

  24. I love wild durians! The texture and taste is more awesome than normal Durian! It’s really getting expensive that my family not buying Durians for years in Kuching already. =(

    Yup. We don’t buy durians either…but my missus will buy these wild ones when available as she loves them a lot. So expensive, like eating gold… 😦

  25. It seems like having a special look for me. Its inside really seems tasty ya.

    It is nice – the taste and smell are not as strong as durian. Btw, thanks for dropping by. Do come again…often. Will link you in my blogroll.

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