Durian

January 7, 2010

in Asian Delight, Fruits, Snacks

My first post of the year!! Sorry for the lack of updates. I am still on vacation in South East Asia enjoying all the yummy food. Even though this is where I was born, after being away for a while, it is still amazing at the variety of food there are. And people seems to be eating all the time. On arrival day, we reached here at 2 am and all the way from the airport to the hotel, we noticed that a lot of the eating places were still packed!! I think that after being here for 2 weeks, we are slowly joining the trend too. : ) How am I going to adapt back to my normal life again after my vacation!! :)

I managed to take some photos of the local food and will post them slowly. We have also been enjoying lots of local fruit, one of them is this king of the fruits – Durian!!

Durians Durians everywhere

What can I say about Durian? Either you will love it or hate it. It has a very strong odor which is considered fragrant if you love the fruit or it could be considered disgusting if you don’t like it. Anthony Bourdain from No Reservations liked it. Andrew Zimmern from Bizarre Foods equates the taste to rotten mushy onions!! :P It has been compared to a lot worse smell than that. But those of us that love durian, including me, thinks that the smell is really fragrant.

Durian

As for the flesh, it is custard-like with a seed in the middle. The variety will determine the level of sweetness or bitterness. Personally I like it a little bitter. Lil’ C is not very fond of it even though she was brave enough to try it.

Durian

All opened up and ready to be eaten. Speaking of opening fruit, that itself is an art because of the hard thorny outside. Now excuse me while I go enjoy my durian, enough to last me for the next couple of years since I don’t know when I will be able to enjoy them again. The last time I had them was 4 years ago!!!

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1 tigerfish January 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I also love durians…including bitter ones. You must be amazed by the new varieties such as “Cat Mountain King”…or did you try it? Heard that the flesh has got a hint of bitter taste. Happy eating!

Yes, I tried that. It is very expensive but frankly I still prefer the cheap kampung ones. :P

2 Diana (girlfeedsboy) January 15, 2010 at 10:18 pm

I was born to Vietnamese parents. I’ve seen durian many times growing up in Chicago. I’ve been to Vietnam twice. But I still haven’t tried it. I have no idea what my hold up is but I’m intent on trying it to my next trip to Vietnam!

It can be a little intimidating. It took me many times to persuade my daughter to try it. :P

3 Emily January 16, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I was at Super H Mart today (do you have one of those close by?) and they had a TON of Durian, and I thought of you. ;) I posted pictures of my finds today on my blog

Yes, I like H Mart. Yes the Asian markets usually have durians, however they are all frozen, thus not as nice as the fresh ones.

4 chinnee January 21, 2010 at 4:57 am

Feel like BITTING those yellow crumpled flesh on yur pic!

:) Quick go buy some! I am so jealous! Dunno when is the next time I can eat. :)

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