Thursday, August 30, 2007

Fruits Festival

Last weekend, Splashie Boy's company held a Fruits Festival in aid of charity. It was great fun as there were loads of fruits to choose from. It was quite obvious though which particular fruit was the most popular - the King of fruits aka the Durian. Everyone made a beeline for it and it finished quickly. Even a second reload of durians saw everyone scrambling to get their share.

What amazed me was the people who organised the fair had a special machine to open durians. Essentially a drilling machine, they had adapted it with a metal spike at the end of the drill which could be used to open the durian gently. It became the focal point of the festival as everyone crowded around the machine to get their durians opened since there were no parangs.

Although the opening for the durian has been made, some brute force is needed to pry the thorny skin to reveal the goodies within.

Well worth the wait - creamy and rich durian within.

The kids were also having fun as there was free flowing ice cream. Just help yourself at the cooler on what you wanted. There was also a dance performance by the children and lots of games and line dancing. Of course everyone did the usual dances - the Macarena, the Chicken Song and the ever famous YMCA with all the gestures.

Tables were filled with fruits of all varieties which you could help yourself. People were also around to cut your chosen fruit. These star fruits (carambola) are great for health. They also make pretty star shapes when cut.

My absolute favourite - Mata Kuching or Cat's Eyes, the local longan variety. Here's Splashie Boy holding a nice bunch which we ate that afternoon.

There were loads of mangosteens around to help cool down your body after taking the heaty effects of durian.

Apple green guavas, my mum's favourite fruit. They're not too sweet and some varieties are soft and seedless. I like taking them plain or sprinkled with that sourish powder made from Seen Mui (preserved sour plum).

There were loads of these Pink Dragonfruit all sliced up for us to enjoy. The pink version is so much sweeter than the white ones. Nowadays it's pretty easy to get these fruits in local farms who plant a lot of these. You can even make jam from this fruit, just pair it with pineapple to give it flavour.

Duku Langsat were also available. I like this fruit but find it quite messy to eat as the sap of the skin creates sticky fingers.

There was also lots of Pulasan, a fruit similar to rambutan except the flesh is thicker.

Lots of rambutan in a box. They taste really good cold. Usually when we get a bunch a home, we'll take the skin out and the seed inside and leave it covered in the fridge. Makes it easier to eat.

Hope you enjoy the variety of fruits and Happy Merdeka and Happy Holidays! Enjoy yourself tomorrow with the celebrations.

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Precious Pea said...

Hahaha....durian opener!! Clap clap clap to the inventor. That is such a cool gadget. So many fruits, so much fun!

ling239 said...

hahahaaa.... first time i see a durian opener ^_^

Big Boys Oven said...

OMG! That is how to open a durian....

MeiyeN said...

wow... that drilling machine is cute! :D first time seeing that! i love dragonfruit alot but not da white one and da juice is really awesome! :D

Xiu Long Bao said...

haha...dat durian opener caught my attention first! such a fun event...with free flow of ice cream :O Btw, is splashie boy working for the 'green' company?

Cat Cat said...

You are killing me with that durian. I WANT some NOW!!! ;[

daphne said...

Wah. The durian opener is a cool gadget man. Never seen such an item before. Just looking at those tropical fruits makes me squeal. Mangosteens, starfruit, longan... What a great great combination. Hope u had a great day out!

cHaR~ said...

The durian opener looks really cool... argh ! Durian season... can't resist the durians.

I wish I have a fruit garden here since buyinh fruits seems so expensive in KL.

boo_licious said...

precious pea - amazing how they came up with that invention!

ling239 - me too! Was fascinated.

BBO - Yup, modern tech takes over.

meiyen - yup, the pink one is sweet vs the white one which is kinda bland. But pair with lime juice and it's really good.

xiu long bao - sorry, no idea abt which "green" co u mean.

cat cat - oh oh....time to book airticket home to Msia already!

daphne - yeah, everyone enjoyed themselves esp the kids.

char - yeah but if u have fruit garden, need to take time to look after or else monkeys will come and eat all of the fruits.

amyguan said...

wow. love your blog especially those photos. keep up the good work, there.

teckiee said...

HAHAHAHAH my dad will love the durian opener. He always have to open the durians for my mom cos he's afraid she'll chop off her fingers in the making.

Did you get to see the watermelon peeler in FHM? That's another awesome machine.

chenboon said...

wa, impress with the durian opener!
long time never eat durian, rambutan and mangosteens liao...
nvm, i have the durian mooncake to replace.

boo_licious said...

amyguan - thxs! Looks like you're a great cook.

teckiee - wow, watermelon peeler sounds interesting. Didn't see that, guess we missed it.

chenboon - oooh, durian mooncake sounds very decadent.

jackson - LOL! U better plan with teckiee for the durian party again.

Junkgirl™ said...

I miss Malaysian fruits greatly. Msian fruits are the best, full-stop.

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