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Mar 4, 2009 07:15 AM

Durian cake at Eldo

Last week I stopped by Eldo Cake House in Chinatown for something sweet after dinner. Upon entering the shop, I smelled the strong fragrance of durian. I asked the woman there about the smell, and she said the pastry chef is making a durian cake for a customer.

The durian cake is not available on the spot, but if you order it in advance, they will make one for you.

Just FYI in case anyone feels like having a durian cake for their birthday!

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  1. What, and scare all the guests away?!

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    1. re: TheScribe

      Yeah, so that you get to eat the cake all by yourself!

      Or, bring it to your worst enemy's birthday party.

    2. Why go to the trouble of ordering a Durian cake? All you'd need to do is take some old, dirty gym socks and bake those in the oven on low heat for a while, and PRESTO...;)

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      1. re: mwk

        I liken the smell of durian more to a super-concentrated, extremely potent fart, and I am being totally serious. Yuck, and why why why??

      2. To each his own...It's the King of the Fruits in some circles!

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        1. re: nasilemak

          Are there any people in those circles here on the board? Always been curious, but then you read about how awful it is and I figure I'll just have my pineapple bubble tea or whatever.
          Any durian defenders?

          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            Love that fruit! Great smell, texture, rich creamy taste. Best to eat it fresh when it's in season in south east asia.

          2. re: nasilemak

            durian is king... i'm a defender. had it only once and always looking for it!

          3. I immediately thought of - is it Starbucks that pumps coffee aroma to the outside to lure customers? The idea of baking durian and the aroma eminating from such a nasty endeavor would have the the general public running for gas masks.

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            1. re: Gio

              I did not detect the aroma outside of the shop, nor just inside the shop until I was close to the display case.

              My visit was around 6pm or so, and I want to think that they *try* to make the durian cake late in the day when there are fewer customers.

              However, having said that, I suppose most customers, mainly Chinese, don't have such an adverse reaction to the smell of durian than Americans.

            2. I can't imagine what a durian cake might smell/taste like, but I'll defend durian shakes. They're addictive. That sort of rotting garbage/old onion smell combined with a sweet, custardy, creamy taste and texture....I love them. My poor family.