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The Fruits of Malaysia

The Fruits of MalaysiaAlong the East-West Highway and interstate highways of Malaysia, one can find many fruit stalls selling various kinds of local fruits. As a fruit lover, I love stopping at these stalls in order to pick out my fruits-du-jour while traveling. There is no better way to tantalize the taste buds than to spend time here.

Fruit Stall in MalaysiaWhile these stalls are basically simple wooden sheds, they usually carry the freshest, most organic fruit in Malaysia. Often the fruit stalls are run by owners of local orchards and are not large commercial operations. Nothing against “Corporate Farm Capitalism” (how else could I eat oranges out of season grown half-way around the world) but only at these Mom-and-Pop stands is one assured to find the best selection of fresh, mouthwatering tropical fruits.


CempedakCempedak and Pineapples.

Fruits in MalaysiaSame family as Jackfruit, Cempedak is native to countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. The best way of eating Cempadak is to have them battered in flour and deep fried to golden brown. The seed is edible and the flesh is slightly sticky but absolutely tasty.

Petai / Stinky BeansPetai or stinky beans are best when cooked with sambal and shrimp. The said dish is classic Malaysian.

Buah Lam LayThese are Buah Rambai and they were my grandmother’s favorite. They taste like Langsat, but slightly on the sour side.

HoneyHoney harvested from local orchards and villages; pure and organic to its very core.

Remember to stop by these fruit stalls the next time you are on the road. Trust me, it’s fun!

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13 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Anonymous

    Definitely fun ! I used to scourge round kampongs( Ulu Langat,Selangor & the trunk road KL-Ipoh ) for durians,rambutans etc. We will try multiple stalls and fruits just for fun ( also bcoz they r cheap in the kampongs ).

    De best kampong durians in M’sia are found in Camerons as sold by the orang aslis ( 2 or 3 ringgit a very very delicious pungent fruit believe it or not !)( but Pg lang will not agree one )

    I also had great fun soaking in the rainbow coloured durians of Balik Pulau hills ! It can’t get more healthy than this !

  2. marketing guy

    you should send your pictures to some photo contest…food pictures always look too good to bite on…and your current set of fruit pics are so vibrant and makes anyone want to just buy one from these backroad hut or stall

  3. Chubbypanda

    Biiiig bananas.

    For a second, I though the cempedak was a giant durian. Ahhh… That sweet stench. How I long for it. After the first time, Cat says she’ll only let me buy one if I promise to open/eat it in the parking lot. =/

    – Chubbypanda

  4. flower

    Hi, that buah Lam Lay, we call it buah rambai. You know that when you eat rambai, you have to eat with the seed unlike langsat. It’s hard not to swallow without the seed.

  5. Rasa Malaysia

    Toni Xe – yes, Balik Pulau is a lot of fun with fruit stalls, durian orchards, and other farms.

    Marketingguy – not sure about entering into contests, I am really not that good. I am still learning about photography. :P

    Chubbypanda – at a glance, they do look like Durian. ;)

    Flower – thanks for telling me. You see, my late grandmother pronunciation is not exactly correct, so we always call them Buah Lam Lay instead of Buah Rambai. I guess it’s kind of close. LOL.

    Tummythoz – no I didn’t see any durians or manggis at the stall. Maybe they were not in season?!

  6. Anonymous

    It has been a long while since i had rambai. During my time in the kampung somewhat 20 years ago, i use to enjoy the fruit. Can anyone tell where can i get this rare exotic fruit in KL or anywhere near.

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