PETALING JAYA: Known for his love of the king of fruits, China's Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian has taken to social media to promote the famed Musang King durian.
Dubbed “the ambassador with the greatest love for durian” and “the best durian promoter”, Bai released a 90-second video praising the tropical fruit - from its appearance to the taste and characteristics.
“The truth is, it’s very delicious!” lauded Bai in a video posted on the embassy’s Douyin - the Chinese version of TikTok - account on Sunday (June 28).
It garnered over 4,600 likes and scores of interest among users, who said that they can’t wait to fly over to Malaysia for a Musing King feast.
Bai had begun the video by asking what one thought of Malaysia, to say that since it was June, it had to be durian for lovers of the fruit in China.
He said that Malaysian durians are produced almost all over the country with over 20 varieties.
“And the most prestigious is the Musang King, which I will introduce to you today, ” he said, adding that Malaysian durians had gone through the natural ripening and shedding process, giving it the delicate and full-bodied flesh.
He also explained ways to identify the Musang King.
“It is generally small in size, with relatively short and thick spikes. The most important feature is that it usually has the shape of a five-pointed star at the bottom.
“The flesh is golden or ginger-yellow in colour and it tastes delicate, dense, sweet and mildly bitter, with a strong and sweet aroma."
Bai also said that Malaysia has many tasty dishes, beautiful scenery and warm and friendly people.
“I hope that after the epidemic, everyone will find the opportunity to take a look and visit this beautiful country of Malaysia, ” he said.
Since taking office in 2018, Bai has been promoting the fruit in a creative way every year during the high season.
A month after his appointment as the ambassador, Bai visited the durian orchards in Bentong, Pahang, accompanied by Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who is former Bentong MP and then MCA president.
Following Malaysia’s inaugural export of homegrown frozen whole durian to China in June last year, Bai had also tried his hand at making his first purchase from Alibaba’s FreshHema mall in Beijing in July, earning him “the most convincing salesman of Musang King.”
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