#5. Having Durian for Dinner

You either love it or hate it. It’s known in South East Asia as the king of fruits, with good reason. This green, thorny fruit with the creamy interior, is so rich, that a few seeds will leave you feeling very full. To me the scent is divine but others have described it as foul. My cousin for instances suffers when the rest of us indulge. My French relative also can’t bear the smell. I on the other hand, absolutely love it. It has to be from a fruit that’s just cut open and not when it’s introduced into products like ice-cream and cake and such. I frown upon such dilutions. The fruit is banned in hotels and our subways because of the strong scent that can linger.

Don’t try to carry it. It’s heavy and it’s spikes are thorny like a porcupine’s. The durian sellers professionally handle and cut it open with a knife with a cloth wrapped around their hands for protection. These days they use gloves.

Durian to me makes Singapore a happier place to be. If you do come to South East Asia it’s one of the dares you should take. Who knows? You might end up loving it like I do.

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14 Responses to #5. Having Durian for Dinner

  1. J says:

    Wrap these babies up in newspaper and pop them into the fridge. That’s what my durian crazy mother does some times. Her rational; if you keep the fruit in a container, it may become watery. I simply love durians cold from the fridge. Move over Häagen-Dazs, I don’t care even you come up with durian favour! 🙂

    • bookjunkie says:

      that’s right….durian flavoured ice cream can’t even come close. Actually I don’t like anything flavoured with durian..i must have the real thing and only the real thing. Thanks so much for dropping by J 🙂 I really appreciate it.

  2. J says:

    My pleasure to be here 🙂

  3. Public Frenemy says:

    Yeah, just be careful if you’re around a durian tree. My wife’s family is from Cambodia and they told me that people get killed when durians drop from the trees and land on peoples heads!

  4. 365days2play says:

    I heard nowadays the durian farmers try to make the durians grow faster by pumping the trees with more pesticides and growth hormones, which make the durians less tasty than they were. 2 years ago I was in pulau ubin and we managed to get hold of a durian growing in the wild. It was the BEST DURIAN I had ever eaten!

  5. bookjunkie says:

    thanks for the tip…I must head to pulau ubin stat 🙂

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  7. OK…now I am really curious…I wonder if I can find this crazy fruit in the States………

  8. viviene says:

    Durian for dinner?!?!?! We have lots of that in the Philippines, but to be honest…… I haven’t tried it! Hahahaha

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  9. Jenny Leung says:

    I love to eat durian, infact all of my family love durian, actually we have a lot of durian in indonesia, but to be honest I can’t bear to have one in Singapore. Do you have any suggestions where I can eat durian in singapore? Aljunied?

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