The Penang/ Ipoh / Cameron Highlands durian & food trail tour took place from 1 July to 8 July 2012.
The famous Penang durians were in season at that time, and the group took every opportunity to taste and savour the different varieties. In Penang alone, 8 varieties of the top durians in the world were tasted.
In Ipoh the famous Musang King variety was purchased for the group by Juliet Chin and her sister Joyce and brother-in-law Chong.
The group also tasted the various local famous hawker foods and delicacies as the tour went from Penang to Ipoh, and then on the way down to KL toured other areas such as the Cameron Highlands.
|At the durian buffet fair, Penang|
|At the durian farm in Penang|
|They don't look much, but trust us, the taste is heavenly!|
|Small, but the fragrance is powerful!|
|A great variety of other tropical fruits too.|
|Relaxing stroll at Tambun|
|Tambun Pomelos - big, and a choice of sweet or bitter|
|Watching the sifu hand-make each of those famous Ipoh bicuits|
|Tasting the famous Ipoh Old Town White Coffee|
|三宝洞 - 怡保 A Buddhist Temple in a cave, near Ipoh|
|Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands|
|Road side durian eating|
|Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur|
|The famous Musang King durian from Balik Pulau, where the majority of the Chinese there are Hakkas|
Many varieties of special hybrids of durians were available
|Digging into it!|
|Some have had enough, some still couldn't stop!|
|How to have dinner just after eating at a durian buffet?!|
|Durian farm owner introducing his best products.|
These crabs are quite big too.
|At a Baba/Nyonya museum, which was originally owned by a Hakka|
|The Nyonya Museum where the TV series "Little Nyonya" was filmed.|
|The original owner of the house was a Hakka|
|Cheong Fatt Sze Blue Mansion originally owned by a Moiyen Hakka Cheong Fatt Sze, "Rockefella of the East". When he died in 1905, the British Empire hoisted half-masts.|
Juliet Chin's sister Joyce and brother-in-law Chong bought Musang King durian for the group to eat at their home. Lily Kong enjoyed it the most, followed by Anna Zhang.
|Juliet Chin (middle) and her 2 sisters in Ipoh, treating the group to local delicacies|
|Buying pomelos at Tambun|
|Biscuits being charcoal-baked in Ipoh|
|See how hot it is! And they stick each biscuit on to the inside one by one!|
|Juliet (in green) took the group to dinner at a top restaurant in Ipoh. Juliet's sister Joyce is in pink, brother-in-law Chong at forefront who also brought West Australian red wine "to make the group feel more at home". Such hospitality!|
|Alan Yit & Chong discussing the best golf course in Perth to play in!|
|Temple in a cave - might as well have a discussion on Associaton matters|
|The 3 men actually had a mini-cabinet meeting while touring the cave temple|
|Buying road side durians at Cameron Highlands|
|Eating the roadside durians by the road side. All attention seems to be on tasting the durian .|
|3 ladies at a tea plantation in the Cameron Higlands.|
|The tour ended in KL, with a German pork knuckle to boot!|