For the love of durian

Chi­nese stars of dimsum drama The Eter­nal Love squat­ted out­side their ho­tel to en­joy the king of fruits.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Comics - By SETO KIT YAN en­ter­tain­[email protected]­tar.com.my

OUR King of Fruits, the Durian, is so ir­re­sistible that when the young stars of Chi­nese time-trav­el­ling cos­tume drama series The Eter­nal Love came to Malaysia, it was the first thing on their mind.

In fact, the four main­land ac­tors – Liang Jie, Sun Yi Ning, Wang Hao Ge, Chen You Wei – were so ex­cited to savour the thorny fruit that they didn’t even mind hav­ing to squat out­side the ho­tel.

This was be­cause durian is banned in­side ho­tels due to its pun­gent aroma. Since they couldn’t wait to try the fruit, the four en­joyed the fruit right out­side its premises in­stead.

Wang, 22, sang praises of the king of fruit. “The durian here is so de­li­cious.

“The flavours are es­pe­cially in­tense,” said the young man who reprises his role as the 14th Prince Mo Jing Xuan in Sea­son Two of the series, which is cur­rently avail­able on dimsum.

The only one who re­frained was Liang, 24, who plays fe­male lead Qu Xiao Tan. “I did not dare to try it as I had never eaten it be­fore. I just keep hear­ing oth­ers say good things about it,” said the ac­tress who first ap­peared in 2016 sports drama Go! Goal! Fight­ing!, also avail­able on dimsum.

An­other Malaysian del­i­cacy they loved was the tum­my­warm­ing bak kut teh (herbal pork stew).

Sun, 25, who plays Qu’s maid Jing Xin, tried bak kut teh for the first time here, and deemed it the most mem­o­rable meal for her.

“I am go­ing to miss Malaysian cui­sine most of all, es­pe­cially the very tasty bak kut teh,” she said.

Although he was youngest of the lot, Chen was the only one who had been to Malaysia be­fore and had sto­ries to share.

“The first time I came to Malaysia, I took a trip to the beach to en­joy the sun and surf. This is my se­cond time here, and I’m very happy that I got to taste gen­uine bak kut teh this time,” said 20-year-old, who first ap­peared in an­other time-trav­el­ling Chi­nese series Cin­derella Chef (2018), which was re­cently added on dimsum.

The four were in Subang Jaya, Se­lan­gor, to meet their Malaysian fans at Sun­way Pyra­mid where they cel­e­brated dimsum’s se­cond-year an­niver­sary party.

As part of the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion, dimsum an­nounced a spe­cial of­fer on the sub­scrip­tion fee.

Sub­scribers can choose to sign up for six months and pay only RM59 (nor­mal rate RM83). or for 12 months and pay only RM99 (nor­mal rate RM165).

The pro­mo­tion will last un­til 31 Jan­uary 2019.

The Eter­nal Love Sea­son Two is now stream­ing on dimsum every Mon­day at 8pm; while Sea­son One of the cos­tume drama is al­ready avail­able in full on dimsum. dimsum is a Malaysian sub­scrip­tion video-on-de­mand ser­vice op­er­ated by SMG En­ter­tain­ment Sdn Bhd (for­merly known as Star On­line Sdn Bhd, part of Star Me­dia Group). Cur­rently avail­able in Malaysia and Brunei, dimsum sup­ports Sam­sung Smart TV, Chrome­cast and AirPlay for sub­scribers to binge-watch all shows on a big­ger screen. All new sub­scribers will en­joy 30 days of free ac­cess. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit dimsum or fol­low dimsum on Facebook or In­sta­gram.

IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

Chi­nese stars Chen , Liang, Sun and Wang at dimsum’s se­cond an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion in Sun­way Pyra­mid last week. —

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