IT IS a daily feast at durian stalls throughout the Klang Valley as the recent bumper crop saw prices dropping by more than half.
Everywhere, be it at proper durian shops or roadside stalls, there seems to be an endless supply of durian.
This love for the Malaysian King of Fruits has got durian lovers taking advantage of the cheap period by going all out to fulfil their otherwise expensive cravings.
“I have been taking advantage of this price drop that I found out through social media,” said 31-year-old Krishnath Tangaragee.
Being a big fan of kampung durian, he said the quality of durian were equally good to him regardless.
He usually got his durian from shops near the Selayang Wholesale Market as they had the best offers.
Management consultant Andrew Lew said the cheaper durian sold were not as good in quality but were better value for money.
“I ate a few recently after I found out about the price drop from friends and the Musang King is now better value for money as it is normally overpriced,” he said, adding that he usually patrolled the durian shop at SS2 or in TTDI, whichever offers a better price.
SS2 and TTDI is also a favourite spot for durian lover Jane Lim who said there were a lot more people at durian stalls every night ever since the price drop.
“Durians are usually very expensive, making it hard to enjoy this Malaysian delicacy with our family, so cheap durian is a good thing,” said Lim who is in her 30s.
Lim lives near a popular SS2 durian stall and said the area now looked livelier compared to when durian was more expensive.
Housewife S. Saro said she recently enjoyed six premium durians, including an XO variety, for only RM100.
“I think the quality of cheaper durian is a matter of preference and it can be tasty, especially the kampung variety.
“They may not be as sweet but they have their own charm so it is good because if it is too rich then it will be rather cloying,” said Saro, whose favourite durian stop is a fruit stall in Bandar Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur.
Meanwhile, Durian SS Two (1988) Sdn Bhd owner Cheah Kin Wai said this year’s harvest was indeed bountiful.
“We have too many fruits this year and the deliveries of durian at my stall goes on from morning until night,” he said,
The 38-year-old explained that the oversupply was due to the simultaneous fruiting in Pahang, Perak and Johor.
“Normally, durian comes from Johor first then Pahang, followed by Perak, but this year, it so happened that all produced at the same time, so there is a glut,” he said.
Cheah said the price for Musang King at his shop was now RM35 per kg compared to RM70 previously.
Even for the better durian grades, it is only RM15 now compared to RM30.
“I suspect that durians will only remain cheap for about 20 days as after that the production slows down, there will not be as many to go around,” he said.
Cheah, who has been in the business for more than 20 years, explained that prices have to be brought down to drive sales otherwise the durian will rot and be wasted.
“I even had a RM20 durian buffet at my stall last week for my first 500 customers,” he said, adding that ever since the price dropped, he saw about 1,000 customers enjoying the buffet every day which only costs RM30 now from 11am to midnight.
On normal days, when the durian is back to normal price, the buffet only starts from 6pm and cost RM50 or RM60, depending on the durian crop.
His bestseller is still the Musang King with a majority of his customers only ordering that variety. However, Musang King is not part of the buffet selection.
Every night since two weeks ago, the durian stall in SS2 has been packed to the brim and it is even popular with tourists and expatriates from China.