A place to savour eight types of durian

MALACCA: It was truly a durian feast for Deputy Works Minister Yong Khoon Seng after he was invited by a friend to savour a variety of the King of Fruits here recently.

Yong spent the afternoon at Sim Koa Yen orchard in Durian Tunggal, Alor Gajah, feasting on eight types of durian, including the Red Prawn, Jiabili, Horlor, Mas Johor, D24, Cibei and Raja Kunyit.

“I ate all kinds of kampung durians when I was in Sarawak and Sabah.

“I also went to Penang to eat durians and am now in Malacca to do the same thing,” said Yong, who gave two thumbs up for the durians.

Owner Yap Peck Hoe said that Yong and his friends started with the milder tasting durians before going on to the full-flavoured ones.

“This was to allow them to savour the milder ones as they would not have tasted anything if they ate the robust durians first,” said Yap.

Yap took pride in his orchard and its produce as it was awarded the SALM (Farm Accreditation Scheme of Malaysia) certificate, a recognition for strict quality control in agricultural products.

“We use only organic fertiliser and minimal amount of pesticides, said Yap.

The satisfied Yong applauded Yap’s effort in adopting eco-friendly practices at his orchard.

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