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raj1 Oct 27, 2006 08:26 PM

I was in Chinatown last week and ordered a durian shake on a whim. It as sweet, musky, grassy, oniony...overwhelming. It was like some freaky-deaky intimate experience that I can't get out of my head. Have you had durian? What do you think of it?

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  1. Non Cognomina Oct 27, 2006 08:27 PM

    I LOVE durian. Until very recently you couldn't get it in this country. I've been told it's an acquired taste, but I don't agree. I wonder, though, what else was in your shake....

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      raj1 Oct 27, 2006 08:29 PM

      I watched the waitress make it--cream, ice, fruit, some syrup of some sort...

      1. Non Cognomina Oct 27, 2006 08:46 PM

        Was it the whole fruit that she cut/peeled or just the pulp that she scooped out of a container? And what kid of syrup? I've never had it in a shake/drink, but love the fruit itself.

        1. Pei Oct 28, 2006 07:16 AM

          Durian was one of the few things I absolutely refused to eat as a child. When my parents bought it, I would walk out of the room as soon as dinner was over.

          It was mostly a rebellion thing. I tried it once away from my parents because I secretly grew curious about what it tasted like but couldn't bring myself to tell them I'd changed my mind. Delicious! Horrid smell, but the taste and texture are worth the stink.

          I usually say that if you're new to it, freeze a chunk of it until it's sort of like ice cream. It dulls the stink a little, and who doesn't like ice cream? Then you can graduate to a shake, and then to a full fledged fresh chunk.

          1. Pei Oct 28, 2006 09:58 PM

            I was channel surfing and saw Ham on the street in a Chinese candy shop. He tried durian candy. Heeheehee...he didn't like it. Said it tasted like sewage. Some people he fed it to on the street agreed, though one woman liked it and said it was kind of coconuty. Most people immediately spat it out.

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              fenian Oct 28, 2006 10:00 PM

              I think it's an excellent fruit. I've ordered durian with sticky rice in a Thai place before, and the waitress tried to talk me out of it. It does taste a little funky, but I've had way funkier things.

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                Fid Oct 28, 2006 10:29 PM

                I love the stuff! I am even known to stoop down to take long whiffs of the pungent fruit whenever I'm in the Asian supermarket!!! Yum!

                One decadent way that I've eaten it before is in Durian Cendol - a SE Asian concoction of green pandan-flavoured 'jelly', coconut milk, gula melaka (palm sugar), and shaved ice, topped off with chunks of luscious durian. Durian is even used in curry in Malaysia.

                1. s0memale Oct 29, 2006 02:11 AM

                  It's like eating your favorite icecream on the toilet.

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                    Pei Oct 29, 2006 06:33 AM

                    Honestly, it smells more like overripe, almost rotting fruit than a toilet. There are other foods that smell more toilety.

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                      missclaudy Oct 30, 2006 12:27 PM

                      Like what? I'm very curious.

                      1. re: missclaudy
                        Pei Oct 30, 2006 04:51 PM

                        stinky tofu. Or, rather, the pot of rotting vegetation and seafood that serves as the brine for stinky tofu.

                        not a food, but I've heard soy sauce factories smell like sewers.

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