It was a public holiday on Monday (Awal Muharram if you must know), SW had been out biking in the hills behind the Zoo Negara in the morning while I was resting my back muscles, which I had pulled the day before lifting pots. The food in the fridge had been demolished the day before and we were getting hungry at around 4pm. SW wanted a coffee and a croissant, but being a public holiday we weren’t sure which cafes would be open and serving food nearby. We drove aimlessly down Ampang and decided to pop into EarthFood to see what their new place is like. For those who aren’t from around the city, EarthFood is an organic shop and restaurant. The owner and manager Charles is a nice guy who is friendly and chatty. He showed us the wood fired pizza oven which was still under construction (expected end Dec or mid Jan) and told us of the spa above the cafe which was also to come. Charles indicated that they had tea sets, but unfortunately had run out of tea cakes, so it was only scones remaining. “Ok, we’ll have scones and a coffee and a red berries tea please”. The scones are served with a dollop of jam but I highly recommend a thin spread of butter over each bit… delicious.
But, how big is a scone anyway. My tummy was still sending signals to my brain to search for more satiation. “Where to now?” asked my driver-for-the-day. “Oh, how about we go check out some durian stalls…” My DFTD’s eyes opened wide and he said “Oohhh”.
“Turn left and get onto Jalan Ampang, we’ll head towards Jelatek” said the Commander in Chief.
He did as he was bid and from a relatively traffic free road, we turned onto a busy thoroughfare where we had to keep right to turn towards Setiawangsa. Jalan Jelatek just a mere hundred meters down the road was also exceedingly busy for a late afternoon, the barbers and little shops were definitely making money for the holiday.
There was nowhere to stop at the first durian stall that we came to, which was similarly thriving on the holiday season, so I asked SW to go round the bend to try and find somewhere to park. It was good we did because that’s when we noticed another durian stall that was quiet, sleepy and completely unpatronized, and the boy who manned it was leaning against the table listening to music and swatting the flies away. “Let’s go check it out” and SW said ” Well, we should have some durian here”, tilting his head like a little bird at me to indicate that it was my job to go negotiate and get the durian.
The boy told me that all his durians were kampong durians and assured me that they were very good. How much was it? 10 RM per kilo. Hard to argue with that when you were paying RM 40 per kilo in the peak months. “Okay” I said, “Choose me a goooood one please”.
We sat down and awaited our feast.
So he sniffed……..
and he cut it open…
and put it on our table….
It was thick rich aromatic flesh that greeted our eyes. Not the same tenderness and softness of a Mau Sang Wang but certainly quite fulfilling all the same. In the background of this photo, you can see that they are also selling them in packets of 3 for 10 RM but I think that a freshly opened ripe durian can’t really be beat.
Here’s better look at the flesh, you can see that it’s a nice color and quite firm, but bite into it and it just yields and melts.
Yummy it was and we ate what we saw and asked to pack the rest for the freezer. We paid RM 19 for this one.
We’re so lucky to get another bumper crop of durians from Pahang in December and January, before the dry spell of Chinese New Year, this would be the time to stock up the freezer. Prices have also come down a lot due to bad weather, apparently most people don’t bother going out for durian during the rainy season. Well, all the more for us!
Note: If you intend to head over to Jelatek for durians, I would advise you to go with someone who speaks a bit of Malay, you’re more likely to get ripped off a bit if you don’t.