They call it “The King of Fruits”. Grown mostly in South East Asia and regarded as a delicacy in Thailand, durian is… well, how to say it… an acquired taste!
On the outside, it looks like a true warrior, grand and spiky, deserving of its royal designation. On the inside, though, durian is soft and custardy – yet, for my taste, not in a good way. It’s (in)famous for its truly pungent smell and a flavor that (supposedly) varies greatly according to level of ripeness.
When you visit a market in Thailand, you don’t need to look around too hard to find durian. Normally, the smell will come and greet you even before your eyes can place where the durian stand is. That odor is no joke! No wonder this smelly creature is banned inside hotels and public transportation.
Yet you’ll see that most local people love not only the fruit per se, but also use it in other desserts such as ice-cream, moon cakes or candy.
Like many other fruits in this country, it can be purchased already opened and cut, ready for consumption – just like we bought it in Bophut’s Night Market a few days ago.
This was the moment when we finally tried durian for the first time:
After filming this clip, we drank some coke in a silly attempt to extinguish the after-flavor in our mouths. Oh, what a dumb move! Not only the coke vendor made fun of us for being newbs “you eat durian? I don’t like!!” [insert a blend of hilarious/evil laugh here], the coke made us burp for hours… and we’re not talking about caramel-cola like burps here. Instead, it felt like we were farting through our mouths. We ended up eating some spicy crocodile skewers and, finally, the sweet yet strong chilly sauce of the meat marinade helped “cleaning up” the durian scents left in our palates.
Ashray came up with a theory that night: if food that smells good ends up smelling like poo the next day, chances are the stinky durian would smell like yummy food the next day. I am somehow happy to confirm that that was not the case!..
Not yet, but I will. Promise.
Looking forward to finding out how you like it.. or now! ;)
Zara, I nearly threw up after seeing you retch :) I haven’t visited Thailand yet but Durian is definitely off the menu.
Oh c’mon Avinash, be adventurous!! ;)
I’m really impressed – I’m born and raised in Indonesia and have never eaten Durian all my life, despite all the durians near me! Even some of us Southeast Asians can’t stand durians, haha!
Actually, the guy we bought the Coke from saw us holding the Durian. He laughed and we asked him “Do you like this?” and he screwed up his face and said “NO!!!!!”. We’re at an AirBNB right now sharing with a Taiwanese girl and her take on Durian was “I don’t eat that garbage” So I suppose not all Asians like it.
Sometimes I think Asian people are very keen on selling durian to tourists and, really, they’re just laughing away when we buy (and bite!) into the hype. Your comment sort of proves my theory! ;)
I love your video. In Singapore my friends loved Durian, but were also used to eat a lot of litchi afterwards, maybe to remove the fart taste ^^ ?!
If they need to remove the taste it’s cause they don’t love it that much, one would think. Why do people need to try so hard?! It’s almost as if you’re cool if you like durian, or something like that..
Yep, been there, tried it!! I didn’t mind the ice cream, but durian custard and the plain fruit was a bit too much for me to handle!!
Yes, that’s the polite way of putting it! ;)
I tried Durian for the first time while I was in Singapore, It was an experience by itself. But I didn’t really freak out, although the smell was terrible the taste was bearable. I ended up bringing back Durian flavoured candies to some people… must say after that, many of them are terrified to ask for a souvenir when I travel.
Hahaha… who the hell brings back durian candy after not loving the fruit?!
You are pretty mean! ;)
I remember trying durian! It’s a cross between a mango and garlic! Not sure if I would take a 2nd bite though :)
That’s actually a pretty good explanation of what it tastes like. There’s definitely garlic flavor in the mix… perhaps rotting garlic, actually! :P
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Durian is definitely my favourite fruit. It certainly is not a tourist scam – locals in China pay top dollar for good quality durian imported from Thailand. The reputation that durian has is not fair, most foreigners have a preconceived idea that durian must be bad before they even see one.
As far as eating other fruits after the durian, mangosteen is commonly eaten to balance the heat from the durian. It is not about removing the durian taste!
I don’t think Durian is a touristic scam as such.. but I have read that they do tend to sell the poorest quality durian to tourists, because we wouldn’t by default known the difference. Still, they don’t tend to be cheap.. at all!
We are in Bangkok now and perplexed about having durian or not. Last day we were buying it but my fellow friend didn’t show interest in it. I guess we saved… hehehe
C’mon.. go ahead and try it!
If not for the flavor, it’s at least worth it for the sake of the the experience! ;)