Spotting green spikes, bright white-yellow gooeyness, and a smell that’s hard to forget? That’s right, it’s durian season! If you’re looking to chow down on some quality durian in the Pearl of the Orient, look no further than this guide for the best Penang durian stalls to indulge yourself in!
With an abundance of durians found in Malaysia, true fans of the ‘King of Fruits’ would know that durian farms in Penang serve some of the best. Having over 200 different registered varieties, you can find durians of all tastes and sizes from your usual Mao Shan Wang to the more unique Black Thorn!
When it comes to durians, the most popular type has to be the Musang King (D197). Known to most as Mao Shan Wang (MSW), the variant has a rich intense flavour with just the right amount of creaminess and a pleasant aroma. Prices for this variant can be rather intense due to its popularity, ranging from RM 30 to RM 56 per kilogram during non-peak seasons.
On the other hand, Golden Phoenix (D198) durians are a great alternative to the MSW. Typically available in small sizes, the Golden Phoenix has a slightly pale yellow flesh colour and a strong bold taste. The best thing about this variant is that it has really small seeds and a significantly higher yield than the MSW, helping you get the best bang for your buck if you’re ever up for a durian feast.
Seeking more variety? Red Prawn durians (D175) are extremely popular in Penang for their unique and authentic taste. Originating from the area, this spiky variation has a light pinkish flesh and a really sweet flavour profile — perfect for beginners. However, do take note that Red Prawns tend to end up really bitter when the weather’s extremely hot.
With such a wide range to get your hands (or mouth) on, read on for our guide to the best Penang durian stalls to check out!
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1. Ah Teik Durian Stall Lorong Susu
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As the most reputable durian stall in Penang, Ah Teik Durian Stall offers more than 30 different varieties for consumers to try, including Milk Durian (Durian Susu), XO, Black Thorn, Capri, and Red Prawn Durian.
Depending on the varieties you pick (and the tastes you’re going for), Ah Teik tends to be a little pricy with durians ranging from RM 35 to RM 130. The store also offers customers free gloves and a bottle of water to wash out the taste afterwards.
Ah Teik is open daily from 10 AM to 9 PM, and you can visit their social media to find out the varieties that they’re currently carrying. For those who are worried about carrying cash around, the store accepts all forms of payment — including credit card and cashless methods!
Opening Hours: Daily, 10 AM – 9 PM
Address: Lorong Susu, 10450 George Town, Penang Island
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2. Khor Hun Hin’s ‘Musang King’ Durian Stall
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Just opposite our first listing, Khor Hun Hin’s ‘Musang King’ Durian Stall is known for… You guessed it, the D197 durian! Operating out of a small, snub-nosed white truck with sides that fold down, the store offers durians from Penang Island and the Mainland.
You can find the truck parked just a block away from Ah Teik’s. For durian beginners, this is a good place as Khor Hun Hin gives pretty good recommendations according to your personal taste. An avid storyteller, the owner is known to talk your ear off and share stories about his life as a durian seller. He’ll probably also mention the unfortunate freak incident in 2015 that damaged his truck when a lightning rod fell from the top of the Umno building. The ideal stall to visit if you’re looking for a good story to accompany your deliciously pungent delights.
Opening Hours: Daily, 10 AM – 10 PM
Address: 63, Jalan Macalister, George Town, 11400 George Town, Penang Island
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3. Chang Chin Hoe
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Known to most locals as Ah Hoe, this durian stall is located on one of the busiest streets in George Town. Credited as an old-school durian guy, the owner actually serves his own durian varieties from his own farm.
Ah Hoe’s most popular variety is known as Honey and is described as an intensely amaretto little durian. Just as its name suggests, the flesh is incredibly sweet, just like honey. He also offers some amazing Kun Poh durian, which is characterised by its orange-coloured flesh, bittersweet taste, and strong aroma. You can rest assured that all fruits are freshly collected the night before and brought to the streets to be enjoyed by tourists and locals alike.
For those who are interested in trying their first Penang durian from Mr Hoe, you can make a durian reservation at 016-452-0771.
How To Get There: Located on Chulia Street and Love Lane, right next to the bus stop and across the street from the 7-11
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4. Ang Hock Leng Durian
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Another popular hotspot for George Town durian hunters, Ah Leng’s durian stall features some of the best Black Thorn and Red Prawn durians in Penang. Identified by its colourful array of tarps along Anson Road, the store is a little further out than most. This means that durian hunters will have to either hike from the heritage areas or rent a vehicle and drive out.
Consisting of a truck and several folding tables and chairs, this place is the best if you’d like to spend an afternoon trying out different durian delicacies on your own time. Although the prices are a little higher, the quality is excellent and the seller will provide the exact durian you ask for. So if you’re in the mood for a little trip around George Town, take the time to check out Ang Hock Leng Durian!
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 8 PM
Address: 121, Jalan Anson, George Town, 10400 George Town, Penang Island
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5. Uncle John’s Authentic Durians
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As a passionate defender of durian lovers everywhere, John Yu decided to open a durian stall to protect unsuspecting tourists from the wiles of tricky durian sellers. With an emphasis on creating quality experiences for his guests, the store features a small stock of durians brought directly from his own farm on the mainland every morning.
Curious durian lovers will be glad to know that this stall features a mix of Penang and mainland varieties, including the rare farm-fresh Tekkah, Musang King, Black Thorn, and Horlor. Located on one of the main roads heading north out of main George Town, prices range from RM 60 to RM 140 and delivery is offered through GrabFood.
Address: 368-01-09, Bellisa Row, Jalan Burmah, 10350 George Town
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6. Durian Kaki
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Located on a plantation in Relau, Durian Kaki is known for its durian buffets in the shade of a wooden roadside stall. Featuring a wide range of varieties from the Raya Kunyit (Musang King) to the D24, Hor Lor and Black Thorn durians, there’s bound to be something for everyone at this store.
Fun fact: The owner owns multiple plantations on Penang Island and won the title of Raja Durian in 2001! And aside from durians, dig into some fresh mangosteens at this Durian haven! You can expect to find durians priced from RM 35 to RM 100. To enjoy the durian buffet, make sure to reserve ahead of time on its social media.
Opening Hours: Daily, 9:30 AM – 8 PM
Address: 829D, Jln Paya Terubung, Relau, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang Island
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7. Song Hai’s Durian
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Selling their durians straight out of a housing estate in Gelugor, Song Hai offers customers a wide range of fresh fruits including Cempedak, Nangka, and Mangosteen!
Grown within a 52-year-old orchard, you can best believe that this is the freshest durian you will ever taste in your entire life. The store offers some pretty unique varieties, including the Bitter Gourd, Tekka, and Khun Po durians.
Since the orchard accommodates tours and hosts durian parties, it’s the perfect location for a durian buffet with your family or friends. You can expect prices ranging from RM 22 to RM 60, and if you ask us, that’s pretty reasonable for quality durians.
Opening Hours: Daily, 9 AM – 8 PM
Address: 26, Lintang Merak, Desa Permai Indah, 11700 Gelugor, Penang Island
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8. 818 Durian Stall
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For those who are looking for a quick durian fix during their drives between Balik Pulau and Teluk Bahang, stop by 818 Durian Stall!
Offering delicious Johor varieties such as Tupai King, Red Prawn, and Musang King, it’s worth visiting this pit stop when Penang durian is out of season. However, a quick warning to tourists: Be sure to research the types of durian you’re looking to try as certain varieties might be hard to acquire if it is not in season!
With prices from RM 40 to RM 80, this store is on the pricier side but rest assured of the quality of its fruits. Be sure to call ahead at +6012-543-4018 as the store may not be open every day.
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM
Address: Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11050 Tanjung Bungah, Penang Island
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