Laugh and be Healthy

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

There's A Durian For Everyone

In Penang, Malaysia, the best place to get good durian is in the town of Balik Pulau, on the southwest corner of Penang Island. Balik Pulau is a 30 minute drive over the main range and has a lot of durian estates.

"Number Eleven" is a very popular durian in the 70's. It has creamy yellow flesh with a pleasant taste and a subtle smell.

The D604 was first cultivated by the late Mr. Teh Hew Hong of Sungai Pinang, Balik Pulau. The flesh is quite sweet, and has some "body" to it as the seed is small.

This durian originates in Sungai Pinang in Balik Pulau. The flesh has a bittersweet taste to it, with a touch of sourness. The one that I documented is a bit hard.

The flesh is darker than D600, like chrome yellow. Also slightly hard. Crispy, but the smell is not very strong.

Ang Sim (Red Heart)
Ang Sim is a durian with flesh which is quite soft and very sweet, and dark yellow in colour. It also has a nice aroma.

Khun Poh
This durian takes the name of the late Mr Lau Khun Poh, who first budded it. Khun Poh has beautiful orangy flesh with a slightly bitter-sweet taste and a heavy aroma.

Hor Loh (Water Gourd Durian)
The flesh of the Hor Loh is very soft, dry and quite bitter. It has a sharp smell to it. Hor Loh was first cultivated at the Brown Estate of Sungai Ara. It got its name from its appearance resembling a "Hor Lor" pumpkin. If the durian hits the ground hard when it falls, the flesh tends to be bitter thereafter.

Ang Heh (Red Prawn Durian)
Ang Heh originates from Pondok Upeh, Balik Pulau, and has a round-shaped husk. The orange reddish flesh is highly aromatic, very soft with a bitter-sweet taste.

Xiao Hung (Little Red Durian)
Xiao Hung, whose name means "Little Red One," originates in Sungai Pinang, Balik Pulau. The flesh has a bittersweet taste to it, with a touch of sourness. The one that I tasted for this write-up is a bit hard. There are only one or two seeds per section, but the flesh is thick.

Yah Kang (Centipede Durian)
Yah Kang is one of my favourite durians. Although its flesh is whitish, the taste is superb, milky, like very sweet, melting chocolate. The name "yah kang" means centipede, and accounts for the number of centipedes found at the foot of the tree, hence giving it the rather unusual name.

Bak Eu (Pork Fat Durian)
Bak Eu has a slightly acidic aroma. The flesh is whitish while the taste is quite bitter but nice.

D17 is dark cream flesh. The taste is slightly dry but sweet. It is a tasty durian.

This durian is gets its unusual name because it looks like two durians joined together, one big and one small. When split open, you almost thought the two halves belong to two different durian. Coupling has whitish flesh which is slightly dry but tastes good.

Ooi Kyau (Tumeric Durian)
The name Ooi Kyau (tumeric) describes the colour of the bright yellow flesh of this durian. It is very sweet and tasty.

Chaer Phoy (Green Skin Durian)
Chaer Phoy is shaped like a small canteloupe. The skin is bright green, giving it the name which means "green skin". Chaer Phoy has creamy white flesh which is a bit dry, not too sweet but tasty.

Ang Jin (Red Yoke Durian)
As the name suggests, Ang Jin Durian has deep orange flesh. It is very sweet and tasty.

Lin Fong Jiau
This durian is named after Lin Fong Jiau, aka Mrs Jackie Chan. I wonder whether it is indicative of the relationship of the celebrity couple, for Lin Fong Jiau is a bittersweet

Plastic Surgery!

A very sexually active woman tells her plastic surgeon that she wants
her vagina lips reduced in size because they were flapping in the

Out of embarrassment she insisted that the surgery be kept a secret and
the Surgeon agreed.

Awakening from the anesthesia after the surgery she found three roses
carefully placed beside her on the bed. Outraged, she immediately
in the doctor. "I thought I asked you not to tell anyone about my operation!"

The surgeon told her he had carried out her wish for confidentiality
that the first rose was from him: "I felt sad because you went through
this all by yourself."

"The second rose is from my nurse. She assisted me in the surgery and
empathized because she had had the same procedure done some time ago."

"And what about the third rose?" she asked.

Oh, that rose is from a man upstairs in the burn unit. He wanted to
thank you for his new ears."

Seng by ex-customer of Rialto Italian cuisine, Soh Yah.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

What Would Others Think ....

A pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won.
The pastor was so pleased
with the donkey that he entered it in the race
again, and it won again.
The local newspaper read:


The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity
that he ordered the
pastor not to enter the donkey in another race.
The next day, the local newspaper headline read:


This was too much for the Bishop, so he ordered the
pastor to get rid of the
The pastor decided to give it to a nun in a nearby
The local paper, hearing of the news, posted the
following headline the next


The Bishop fainted. He informed the nun that she
would have to get rid of
the donkey,
so she sold it to a farmer for $10.
The next day the paper read:

This was too much for the Bishop, so he ordered the
nun to buy back the
donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run
The next day the headlines read:


The Bishop was buried the next day....

The moral of the story is.... Being concerned about
public opinion can
bring you much grief and misery and even shorten
your life.
So be yourself and enjoy life. You'll be a lot
happier and live longer!

Sent by my friend from Sarawak, Lynn Lee