Friday, May 10, 2013

Malaysiana: A Fruit with Many Names

Roadside stalls are aplenty wherever you travel in Malaysia. Many of them are interesting if you care to stop and snoop.

Stuck in a traffic jam going up the hills of Cameron Highlands, we decided to cool off the car's engine and our parched throat with some exotic looking fruits. It's a kind of coconut that's said to have medicinal properties. Read about these fruits here. (OK, use Google translate if you must). Popularly know as African sea coconut, this fruit is also called tal, lontar and many others. Anyway, whatever its name is, we looooove it.

Just suck on the straw to draw out the sweet juice, then use a spoon to take the flesh out. yummmm.... 
Tal galore! Prices start from RM5 to RM15, depending on size. Or you can buy the ready made drink at just RM2 per cup. Oooh...we're talking about the darker coloured fruits at the bottom.
Another view of the fruits on display. We were told that these fruits come from the northern part of Perak.
The affable seller has amazing knife skill. 
Who's the crowd puller? Many people also stopped at this stall.
Angelina's note: An exotic fruit a day keeps the doctor away. purrrr....meow!

10 comments:

The Furries of Whisppy said...

I LOVE sea coconuts! They are super duper delicious. Yum!

ninotaziz said...

Yay to that. Now pass me the mangosteen...

kaykuala said...

It certainly is a quencher. Nicely to Angelina and her Mama!

Hank

Al-Manar said...

Why didn't you bring a bus-load of that fruit to KT? It is not available and I do not recall having seen it here. We could have sold it to the thirsty voters that exciting day, making some good money between us!

Once again, many thanks for the useful books.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

they look delicious! They DO look like coconuts! Do they taste like coconuts?

CATachresis said...

Mmmmm! drooling now!! :)

~CovertOperations78~ said...

This is a great promotional post. Am fasting today, so I might want to get some sea coconuts to break my fast with. Your Mama and I should throw a fruit party.

Marilia said...

Yummi!

Katz Tales said...

Mangosteen is my mum's fave!

poorrich cat said...

Purrrrrr happy birthday 2013/07/01.