VIDEO: Salak – Snake Fruit!

By Mark Wiens 11 Comments

(if you can’t see the video, watch Salak fruit video here)

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In English it’s called snake fruit, but in Malaysia it’s known more commonly as salak. One of my favorite things to do in Kuala Lumpur is go to Chow Kit Market, and that’s exactly where I picked up this bag of salak.

Snake fruit, as you may recall from my previous article, has potential to stop one up. So just make sure you leave that little white film on the flesh of the fruit when you eat it.

It almost tastes like an overripe, beginning to ferment apple, and that’s a great thing!



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  • Subekhi

    4 years ago

    Hi…… i’m From Indonesian.
    Are you Lovers Fruit Fruits??
    came Into Small town named
    “Pemalang ikhlas” precisely on
    the island of Java. Here the
    price is very cheap fruits once
    the highest quality.

  • karima

    5 years ago

    hi mark,
    make
    yes, it called salak in Malay.
    do you know that we eat pickled snake fruit too..if you go to Penang (malaysia), you can found plenty on it in Chowrasta market (and lots of other pickled fruits).

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Karima, thanks a lot for the comment. I’ve never had the Malaysian version, but I’ve had a Thai snake fruit pickle, which was excellent. I would love to try the Malaysian version, thank you for sharing!

  • Shalu Sharma

    5 years ago

    Interesting fruit. It does live up to its name snake fruit. To be be honest, I have not heard this fruit. Also, not removing the film seems a little dangerous to me. But would like to try it. Did you say it was a little sour?

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Shalu, is it not available in India? Yes, it’s quite sour!

  • Joe

    5 years ago

    You went back to Malaysia ??

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Joe, I was there I think it was in September last time.

  • Wil @ Where’s Wil

    5 years ago

    Defiantly on my list of fruit to try on my upcoming visit to Southeast Asa. Can you describe the flavor? Is it similar to anything in the US or completely different? I’m exited for all the new things to eat.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Wil, it’s hard to describe, but a really ripe snake fruit would sort of be like a 1/2 fermented apple that’s really juicy. That’s about the best comparison I can think of. It’s acidic, and I really love it!

  • Maria

    5 years ago

    Ohhh I bet that would be delish and maybe even do to it what i do with Jackfruit – put it on ice for 30 min or so before eating.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Yes, on ice is great. They also make a version of snake fruit in Thailand that’s lathered in sweet syrup, chillies, and onions.