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Road trip 3: Buah jering and local fruits at Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah, Kota Bharu

Malaysia, especially the east-coast states - Terengganu and Kelantan - is a haven for exotic fruits of bizarre shapes and colors.

During our road trip to Kota Bharu, we visited Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah, where you can find a lot of exotic raw stuff that you won't usually see in Kuala Lumpur.

Boiled buah jering 

Most petai lovers will love buah jering too. Both types have distinctive strong smell; eating them is an acquired taste.

Buah jering is a type of legume known for its medicinal benefits, including reducing blood sugar level and improving digestive system. However, there are studies showing if they are taken raw in large amounts and with low fluid intake, one may suffer from acute kidney failure.

Buah jering is commonly prepared as a snack (boiled for 14 hours) and eaten with coconut floss in the east-coast states. That's how I like it too! You should try it too but do eat in moderation.

Buah nona

Buah nona is also known as custard apple or sugar apple.

A ripe buah nona is soft to the touch and it breaks open easily, showing pulpy segments with black seeds.

The texture of its flesh is soft and sweet like custard and it has a flavor likened to that of a cross between a banana and a pineapple. Buah nona is very high in Vitamin C and fructose.

 Buah ciku madu

Who don't know buah ciku, right? The ripe fruits are super sweet. I like this description: The fruit has an exceptionally sweet, malty flavor. The flavor bears a striking resemblance to caramel or a pear candied with brown sugar.

But beware of the unripe fruits, you won't like the feeling of numbness on your tongue.

Buah keranji  

Buah keranji is a small, oval-shaped fruit covered with black soft skin. Each fruit has a hard seed in the middle. The edible part is the thin layer of flesh covering the seed. The flesh tastes sour upon biting but it leaves a subtle, pleasant sweetness at the end.

Buah madu manis

I'm actually not quite sure what this is.

Buah pauh ringan

Buah pauh ringan are small, green unripe mangoes. They are usually used to make jeruk or shredded for kerabu mangga.

Buah salak

Buah salak is a peculiar fruit covered with scaly, dark brown skin. It is easily peeled off by hand and its cream-colored flesh is crunchy with a very distinct flavor. Eating buah salak is also an acquired taste.

Buah salak madu

 Buah salak madu is the cousin of buah salak. I assume its flesh is sweeter. :P


You can read about our previous road trips and upcoming posts about our Kuala Terengganu (KT) - Kota Bharu (KB) trip here.



  1. There are indeed a number of fruits I have not seen before and have not heard of their names too!

    1. Yup, Kota Bharu is a fun place to learn new things. :D