Balik Pulau Durians!

Over the weekend, I had the chance to go to Balik Pulau for some durians! A friend knows the owner of a durian orchard, and so organized for us to go eat unlimited amounts of durian, all for only RM12!! Although I’ve loved durians for as long as I can remember (I used to eat durian rice when I was a kid – pour some water on the rice to make it slightly wet, add in a bit of salt and eat it with durian….yummy!!) I hardly ever went to Balik Pulau to eat their famous durians for the very reason that it was too far and my parents didn’t want to take us. But now….muahaha…durian revenge!

Balik Pulau is not really that far (especially if you’ve got great company), and don’t be thwarted by the narrow, uneven roads into the orchards…because in there you will find… durians galore!

and all ‘branded’ one some more!

Once we got to Uncle John’s orchard, we wasted no time…he opened durian after durian for us, each time telling us the ‘species’ of the durian. I for one, have no idea how to differentiate them… I only know what I like – durians that have ‘oomph’, don’t taste too bitter and have texture that is thick and creamy!
Uncle John doing his thing…
‘Green Skin’ durian
A very cute and small D2, but very ‘meaty’ indeed!

I have no idea how many durians I had… I just knew that each one was as good as the next but if I had to choose, I would say I loved the D2 and D24 the best. About an hour later, I couldn’t eat anymore because it was just so rich! Uncle John also served us pineapples which I thought were a nice contrast to the rich durians.

After complaining and whining that we were all so full, someone suggested we go for Balik Pulau laksa…. and immediately everyone said yes! So much for being soooooo full!!
Coming up in the next entry… balik pulau laksa….stay tuned!


  1. OMG…….where is this place?. Exactly?. I was there visiting my girlfriend and we were scouting around…found the selection to be too small.

  2. pikey….meaty leh?? heehee…

    borg – its off the main road and quite difficult to find if you are not familiar with the area. But its away from the market area, straight down after the famous laksa stall at the market. There is a little sign board of an indian temple on the left and you turn in there. If you’re really interested to go, drop me an email and I’ll pass you Uncle John’s number.

  3. hi,

    I enjoyed your write-up on the Balik Pulau durians. I am planning to visit in 2 to 3 weeks time. Can you help to give me Uncle John’s number, address and direction to get there.

    Thanks a million


  4. hi there,
    i love your posting on Balik Pulau Durian.

    I am organizing a small trip to penang in Jun and would love to inlcude a durian tasting trip.

    Can u send me the contact of Uncle John plsssss?


  5. Hi Linzie,

    I am planning to bring my family to the balik pulau for tasting the durian.Can you please drop me the contact of uncle john,address and also the direction?


    Have a great day!

  6. Thanks for the contact of Uncle John. My gf and I have a great time at Penang kast weekend and yes, we visit Uncle John durian planation. Uncle John even gave us some rambutan!

    For those who are still interested, Uncle John said the season is till early Aug!!!


  7. hi lingzie,

    My friends really love to eat the durians. Even this post is 1 year old! I like to go there to eat the durians. So can you please pass me uncle john contact and direction? If 12RM for all you can eat!

    It’s amazing cheep and I really want to try!

    Thank you so much for your post.

  8. Hi, I’m planning a trip to Penang this weekend for a food tour. I really want to go to Balik Pulau and get some red prawn durian (hong har).
    Yes, I need Uncle John’s contact please!!!

    yap´s last blog post..LOK-LOK gets a Grill

  9. Hi,

    I am planning a family trip tp Penang, anyone please let me have the contact for Uncle John and also the direction.

    Thank in advance

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