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HLing Sep 18, 2006 04:54 PM

I just now, killed a Durian...with knife and bare hand..the little fruit flies on the outside didn't have a chance. I blew them away before the slaughter. Strangely enough, my apartment also became vacant for what was to come.

Inside the spiky dinosaurer skin there were 4 chambers. I quickly cut through and rescued the limp lumps of gold. Suddenly, out of no where the big flies buzzed near.

I just wanted to see taste what really really fresh Durian is all about.

WOW.

Now I know how something can be at once repulsive and irresistable. It being a very ripe Durian, is much sweeter than the other just cut durian I had while in Hong Kong. I would have some, run to the other room, think it over, then come back and have a little more...

It's too mushy to deep fry like tempura, but I am thinking about deep frying the leftovers a la Deep Fried Ice Creme.

Yum.

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    lisa13 Nov 9, 2006 01:27 AM

    Can anyone recommend how to choose a "ripe" one at the store? Is it a matter of smell, softness, what? We have an asian market that carries them, but I haven't a clue how to pick one out.

    TIA!

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      Sentiamo Nov 8, 2006 05:25 AM

      Durian Panna Cotta. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. :)

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        newcaveman Nov 6, 2006 01:35 AM

        Durian is the best fruit on the planet..lol
        I have tried a variety of them.. the "fat" one is the best :)

        1. CindyJ Nov 5, 2006 05:14 PM

          Durian has to be one of the biggest culinary challenges I've ever faced. Despite everything I'd heard and read about this extraordinary delicacy, I couldn't get past its godawful rotten-who-knows-what smell to actually taste it. It sounds like I ought to give myself another chance next time I'm in Chinatown.

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            KevinB Nov 6, 2006 01:52 AM

            My Chinese wife and her family love this stuff; I can't even be in the same room as it. Luckily, my daughters follow my lead!

            What gets us wondering is who was the first person to eat this stuff, and why on earth did he do it?!

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              Pan Nov 6, 2006 09:09 AM

              He may have observed that tigers love the taste. No kidding. And we used to give our cat the durian pits to lick. Man was he in Heaven!

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                Low Country Jon Nov 6, 2006 02:52 PM

                LOL. As someone who has never tried durian, I have to say the fact cats like it causes me more trepidation than anything else I've heard about the fruit!

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                  Pan Nov 7, 2006 09:27 AM

                  So I guess you'd never want to try drinking milk or eating fish, seafood, or meat, would you? [laugh] And in rural Malaysia, the cats were fed cooked rice and liked it. Yeah, never trust a cat's taste. :-)

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                    Low Country Jon Nov 7, 2006 02:12 PM

                    My point was more that cats don't usually go for fruit, so for them to go crazy over durian says something about it's "un-fruit-like" characteristics.

                    And BTW, as a former cat owner of 13 years, I've had ample experience in observing the many things cats will eat that I wouldn't touch, so, no, I don't generally follow feline instincts when tracking down chow. ;)

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                      opinionatedchef Nov 7, 2006 03:47 PM

                      jon, i think cats can be as individual as people- in their food tastes. my abyssinians LOVE cantaloupe; i think primarily because of the moisture when they lick the rinds.

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                        Pan Nov 8, 2006 04:54 AM

                        Durian is very rich - sweet and quite fatty. I believe it has more fat in it than any other fruit except for coconut (which is really a seed, the fruit being the husk) and possibly avocado. I don't see that as a demerit in terms of its worthwhileness. Those who live in durian-growing areas know that it is not a good idea to eat too much durian in one sitting. As previously mentioned in this thread, it is considered very humorally hot (or "heaty"), and hot foods in excess are very tough on the digestive system. For the record, at least in Malay traditional categories, all meats are also quite hot. So there is a resemblance in that sense, but durian sure doesn't taste like meat!

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                          designerboy01 Nov 13, 2006 10:22 PM

                          Its usually eaten with Mangosteen to alleviate the "heat".

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              Kelli2006 Nov 5, 2006 04:26 PM

              I have heard horror stories about durian fruit but I have never mustered the courage to buy and eat it. I have heard horror stories about the small and it seems to be able a 50/50 split of those who love and those who hate the taste.
              The next time I am in Cleveland at the West Side market I will have to buy a Durian Fruit,(I need to remember to bring a airtight container to carry it home in).

              I love to try/experiment with new fruits, and I already have a few ideas for recipes and deserts that it could be incorporated into.

              Thanks for the inspiration.

              1. designerboy01 Nov 5, 2006 08:50 AM

                They make durian chips, which are like potato chips. They usually sell this in a South East asian market. They are around $4 per container, but I have to say they are really good. I once served them at my house and people who hated would never go near durian had to say they were good.

                I did make a durian pie one time and lightened it with tofu.
                It didn't turn out too bad. I just blended durian with some tofu and poured the mixture into a grahm cracker crust and fridged it.

                There are some things you can do with the pitt. Does anyone have any recipies?

                Also the ones we get in the US are only from Thailand. They are smellier from Malaysia.

                Durians are very high in anti-oxidants and they put a lot of heat in your body.

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                  Pan Nov 6, 2006 09:07 AM

                  When I was living in rural Terengganu, Malaysia, people just pan-roasted the pits like chestnuts. They actually taste a little like chestnuts, but I think chestnuts are much better.

                2. Pei Sep 18, 2006 11:11 PM

                  Oooh, if you deep fry it you might consider freezing it first. It's so mushy it might fall apart otherwise. And fresh good quality durian tastes wonderful half frozen anyway!

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                    fickle Sep 18, 2006 08:45 PM

                    You are so funny! I love Durian, fresh, frozen, any which way. There was this dessert place in Hong Kong, in Kowloon City near little Thailand where all they served was Durian. We had Durian pudding, durian pastries and durian cake. Super yum! My mother (who shares my love of durian) overcomes her fear of heights long enough to hang out on my 14th floor balcony for a serving of durian with me (my SO can't stand the smell and has banished me with my durian to the outdoors). The smell doesn't bother me, I actually find it quite fragrant.

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