23 July 2012

Penang & West Malaysia Durian Tour 槟城西马榴莲游

The Penang/ Ipoh / Cameron Highlands durian & food trail tour took place from 1 July to 8 July 2012.
The famous Penang durians were in season at that time, and the group took every opportunity to taste and savour the different varieties. In Penang alone, 8 varieties of the top durians in the world were tasted. 
In Ipoh the famous Musang King variety was purchased for the group by Juliet Chin and her sister Joyce and brother-in-law Chong.
The group also tasted the various local famous hawker foods and delicacies as the tour went from Penang to Ipoh, and then on the way down to KL toured other areas such as the Cameron Highlands.


At the durian buffet fair, Penang

At the durian farm in Penang

They don't look much, but trust us, the taste is heavenly!

Small, but the fragrance is powerful!

A great variety of other tropical fruits too.

Relaxing stroll at Tambun

Tambun Pomelos - big, and a choice of sweet or bitter

Watching the sifu hand-make each of those famous Ipoh bicuits

Tasting the famous Ipoh Old Town White Coffee

三宝洞 - 怡保 A Buddhist Temple in a cave, near Ipoh

Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands

Road side durian eating

Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur
The famous Musang King durian from Balik Pulau, where the majority of the Chinese there are Hakkas

Many varieties of special hybrids of durians were available

Digging into it!

Some have had enough, some still couldn't stop!

How to have dinner just after eating at a durian buffet?!

Durian farm owner introducing his best products.

These crabs are quite big too.

At a Baba/Nyonya museum, which was originally owned by a Hakka

The Nyonya Museum where the TV series "Little Nyonya" was filmed.
著名电视剧 《小娘惹》是在此拍的

The original owner of the house was a Hakka

Cheong Fatt Sze Blue Mansion originally owned by a Moiyen Hakka Cheong Fatt Sze, "Rockefella of the East". When he died in 1905, the British Empire hoisted half-masts.

Juliet Chin's sister Joyce and brother-in-law Chong bought Musang King durian for the group to eat at their home. Lily Kong enjoyed it the most, followed by Anna Zhang.

Juliet Chin (middle) and her 2 sisters in Ipoh, treating the group to local delicacies

Buying pomelos at Tambun

Biscuits being charcoal-baked in Ipoh

See how hot it is! And they stick each biscuit on to the inside one by one!

Juliet (in green) took the group to dinner at a top restaurant in Ipoh. Juliet's sister Joyce is in pink, brother-in-law Chong at forefront who also brought West Australian red wine "to make the group feel more at home". Such hospitality!

Alan Yit & Chong discussing the best golf course in Perth to play in!
Temple in a cave - might as well have a discussion on Associaton matters

The 3 men actually had a mini-cabinet meeting while touring the cave temple

Buying road side durians at Cameron Highlands

Eating the roadside durians by the road side. All attention seems to be on tasting the durian .

3 ladies at a tea plantation in the Cameron Higlands.

The tour ended in KL, with a German pork knuckle to boot!


  1. All of you may be piled with kilos by now...ha ha ha

  2. I really missed the tour n the durian feast, you all r very lucky people just enjoy the moment. Well done to Juliet u have organised a good program, Hakka asso is proud of you.

  3. Yes, thanks a lot to Juliet, and also to Lily.

    No, Celine, it's not so bad. I heard some of us put on merely a kg or so. Even if we gained 5 kg, what the heck! It was worth it! Haha...

  4. Hi..Alan & Lily and all those in the tour team to Ipoh for durians.

    What a wonderful way to discover through the above pictures the people I use to know during my teenage days. Juliet, Joyce and Ah Kim (the 3 sisters) and their brother Khuen Sin and me came from the same hometown Kg Simee/Star Park/Wah Keong which are 3 residential areas adjacent to each other.

    This is the first time, from the pictures, that I seen Joyce and Ah Kim after 45 years or so though I have met Juliet some 5-6 years ago in Perth.

    Ivan Ho

  5. Ivan, good to hear that you are "meeting" some old friends again. Please come to more of our activities and see that we are all one big happy family here. The Hakka Association of WA is the vehicle for all to hop on.

    BTW, Ivan, there is no need to post as "Anonymous" (sorry for the earlier wrong info; you can create a name when you post any comment here, by choosing a name for "Name/URL" but ignore the URL part.