Mark Wiens in Temerloh, Malaysia eating dishes with tempoyak (fermented durian flesh)

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Tempoyak: fermented durian paste

I’m going to make a BIG statement: Tempoyak, and dishes made with it, could be the best of all Malaysian food, if not the world.

So in order to make tempoyak, the durian flesh is removed from the seed, salted, and left to rest in room temperatures for anywhere from a few days to a few months, depending on taste preference, preservation, and how sour you like it.

Ever since I heard about tempoyak many years ago, it was a dream of mine to take a trip to Malaysia to feast upon tempoyak, both the raw fermented version, and cooked into a variety of different dishes. Central Malaysia and the East coast are havens of tempoyak, and I was thrilled to have a chance to finally go.


Temerloh is in Central Pahang, Malaysia, and we met up with Sufian from Padu Beb (, a local Malaysian food lover and vlogger. He was so much fun to hang out with, and he loved Malaysian food and tempoyak!

Restaurant 1: Gobang Maju Patin Tempoyak

First restaurant we tried was Gobang Maju Patin Tempoyak probably the most famous of all the restaurants in Temerloh that’s dedicated to serving ikan patin tempoyak - which is a silver catfish prepared into a fermented durian tempoyak curry. Along with the regular version, we also ordered “super pedas” - the extra super spicy version. It was a life-changing meal and experience, the tempoyak has a very fruity taste, and I think the durian smell was actually stronger than the taste. It did have a slightly cheese culture taste, and blended down with chilies and turmeric it was phenomenal.

Fermented durian sambal - We also tried their sambal tempoyak, the fermented durian paste dip, mixed with chilies. The best veggies and dip I’ve ever had in my life.

Petai jeruk (pickled stinky bean) - Finally, we couldn’t resist some pickled stink beans.

Restaurant 2: Selera Patin Bangau

Since we were in Temerloh, Malaysia, we decided to try a second tempoyak catfish curry restaurant just down the road.

I loved the atmosphere here, so laid back, a local Malaysian food spot, in someone’s backyard. Again, it was a similar situation, the tempoyak as the main event, but other Malaysian foods to eat as well.

Their ikan patin tempoyak (fermented durian curry with silver catfish) was outstanding, spicy, full of vibrant flavor, and again, fruity from the durian paste - but almost mango tasting.

Total price - 67 MRY ($16.44)

It was an incredible day of eating tempoyak, and it will forever be one of my favorite things to eat in Malaysia, and the entire world.

Thank you for watching this Malaysian food video!

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