King of Fruit – Durian

by David Ng

in Food

Durian
Have you ever eaten a fruit so pungent that eating it in public will bring about rallies of stares and frowns? I am talking about the king of fruit, durian. Mostly found in Southern Asian countries like Malaysia and Thailand, durian has a mace like appearance and a smell unlike anything else.


Durian Pile
Durian Stand
In order to satisfying our cravings, one late night in Singapore my group of buddies searched far and wide for a durian stand. After a some asking around we found this stand.  Durian heaven! Just look at the stall stacked mountain high.
Durian Pile
A decently sized durians can run anywhere from a couple of US dollars for the average ones to roughly 30ish dollars each for the “higher end” one. The difference is the color, texture, and taste. For a good durian you want the meat to be firm and sweet.
Eating Durian
There were tables in front of the Durian stand so it was quite convenient. Without a moment to spare we told the server to crack it open for us to enjoy right after we decided on the piece of fruit.
To be honest, durian isn’t really for everyone since the smell is so strong but those that can take it sure do enjoy it.
Is durian your cup of tea?

  • BusterbladerX

    I tried it time and time again but I just can’t really seem to like it. The taste is way too strong. Durian cakes and other durian flavored treats I have no problem with though.

  • Tommy C.

    I can’t eat this stuff at all. I tried but the taste just isn’t for me.

  • http://www.goodfoodandtravel.com/ Dave

    Sometimes you can grow into it but other times it’s pretty hard. Some people just don’t like it and can’t really force themselves.

  • http://www.goodfoodandtravel.com/ Dave

    Ya, some people are just not accustomed to the taste.

  • FlowerBoy

    This stuff smells like… X_X, I can’t even be within a 1 mile radius of this stuff. Not my cup of tea.

  • http://twitter.com/LithuaniaBest Lithuania – the best

    I have never seen it…

  • http://www.misspingouin.com Miss Pingouin

    Oh I never tried the fruit itself: the smell always bugged me.Reminds me when I went to Vietnam with my family, my mom would ask me to eat some durian ice cream which she considered being the best ice cream flavour in the whole wide world. Unfortunately, I wasn’t raised with this fruit and the smell kept bugging me when I tried it. My dad kept telling her: “You shouldn’t have given her this ice cream, she’s not used to it.” And my mom had to accept the sad fate that I couldn’t enjoy the greatness of durian flavoured freshly prepared ice cream… She was pretty sad… =( and so am I, since so many people consider it being the best fruit ever!

  • http://www.misspingouin.com Miss Pingouin

    Oh I never tried the fruit itself: the smell always bugged me.Reminds me when I went to Vietnam with my family, my mom would ask me to eat some durian ice cream which she considered being the best ice cream flavour in the whole wide world. Unfortunately, I wasn’t raised with this fruit and the smell kept bugging me when I tried it. My dad kept telling her: “You shouldn’t have given her this ice cream, she’s not used to it.” And my mom had to accept the sad fate that I couldn’t enjoy the greatness of durian flavoured freshly prepared ice cream… She was pretty sad… =( and so am I, since so many people consider it being the best fruit ever!

  • http://twitter.com/ArtsBeatLA Pauline

    Oh dear god… I once *ONCE* tried some Durian paste at a Peranakan restaurant in Singapore.  The stench was so bad it swept up my nasal passage as I was trying to swallow it.  Gah!

    Never again.

    Most definitely an acquired taste.

    “KIng of Fruits”? I think not.  That award surely must be bestowed upon the delectable Passionfruit or Mango or Papaya.  Durian is another creature entirely  :)

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