The King of Fruits – Ze Durians

What’s the king of fruits?
What tropical fruit draws much appeal yet repels just as many as it has appealed to? Did I hear you mention that name? That very name, much feared by other countries, airlines, hotels?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It is…the Durian!

Lmao, couldn’t quite come up with a better entry than that but hey, it’s better than saying..”Hi, I’m blogging about the durian, also known as stinkypoo fruit” :p
Just teasin’ ya ๐Ÿ˜‰

It was night market, night for me today. Having left work a tad earlier than usual, I made my way to the market for some goodies. I was passing by this little van that sold, loads of durians. Kinda hesitated a bit as I wouldn’t want to spend any thing on a piece of fruit that gives me loads of bad breath and I mean, really bad breath. But, temptation came, tempted me with its enticing tentacles, I walked closer to the truck and the rest, like they say, is history. Using my mouth to start bargaining for the best possible deal/price/price downhike, I managed to buy get myself a pretty reasonable deal of 5 durians + 3 free durians at a cost of MYR50. Bloody hell :p I could have settled for one but no, they were too tempting.

Anyhow, there are many ways to eat/process your durians. The common ways would be, eating its flesh right when it’s opened or making a durian pulp to be made into

1) fermented durian a.k.a tempoyak (to be used in curries, and this smells BAD!)

2) cake

3) play dough..(Btw, I’m just kidding about this )

4) ice cream

5) dodol (a delicacy in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines)

6) fried into little chips (urgh..not my fave anyway)

This ugly piece of thorned up ball is as versatile as your everyday avocado. Yes, wouldn’t it be nice if grapes or other fruits were as versatile as this? Truth be told, durians aren’t as nasty as myth or urban legends have made it out to be.

It’s a fruit that stinks (thanks in due part to a certain organosulphur compound) only when it’s opened, and when you’re not accustomed to its smell. But upon eating a mouthful of it, you’d be surprised that it’s sweet, creamy and well..yummy! It has a somewhat custard-like texture and it’s not surprising that durians have been consumed since pre-historic times in Asia and was only introduced to other countries some 600 years ago. Time have yet to change mankind’s perception of this stinky beast.

One of those rather traditional Thai/Siamese way of eating durians.

. hot steaming rice

. cold water is poured over hot rice

. a dash/sprinkle of salt

. a couple of durians and you’re good to go (and die that is ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

There are the other ways of consuming durians the Thai trad way, most notably durians and coconut milk with vanilla-infused sticky rice. Dear me…that would be, death for me. I hadn’t had that much durians but seeing as I’ve not had durians in years (approx 10 years I think) I puked out after 5 seedlings :p That’s what durians are all about, richness in a rather crude context *burps* Oops, excuse moi ๐Ÿ™‚

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13 responses to “The King of Fruits – Ze Durians

  1. euw, durians! they smell!

  2. OMG?! How can you call yourself Msians and not embrace it?!
    ๐Ÿ˜›
    I think the best description I’ve ever heard about it is when it is referred to as the “Heaven and Hell Fruit”- “Tastes like heaven but smells like hell!” ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. it’s either something you love or hate…I personally can’t stand the stuff, but I don’t have a problem with other people eating it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. It tastes, smells, feels like hell ๐Ÿ˜ฎ i should edit the post and say,….”however, in less than 12 hours, I suffered from a bad bout of indigestion :p”

  5. I like frozen durian better than unfrozen ones.

    I remember in Indonesian class, Bu Indra had these durian lollies because she couldn’t bring in an actual durian. The comment the Australians in my class had was that it tasted like onions that had gone off.

  6. Frozen ones are gross. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ The fruit melts and the water/juice leaks out and the flesh goes flavorless. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I get sick after smelling the Jackfruit. I think it was because I overindulged in one as any 7 year old would, and then it came back up, and the smell of the vomit and jackfruit intermingled and in my head they are the same thing now. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I now can’t smell it without wanting to run for the bathroom. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  7. Exactly Penny, frozen ones don’t taste so good. It tastes like, durian-flavoured ice blobs of something. Kinda like an enlarged booger if you must ask me?

  8. RIGHT ON! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. That was fast! I’ll try to do a write up on jackfruits when possible. I always get them mixed up between a jackfruit and a chempedak.

  10. You girls and my mum should hang out in Malaysia. You can go for Durian Hunting Trips or something.

  11. Well, durians are seasonal fruits. so it depends ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Just give me fantastic bananas, pisang goreng (fried bananas/banana fritters), and mangosteen! Mmm! Mangosteen…

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