Monday, April 21, 2008

Durian - The King of Fruits!

I must emphasize that this is not a blog on food. But judging on the recent posts, it might as well be.

Anyway, after the dinner with my SMI buddies at a zi char place along Serangoon Road, I recalled that Wife had called me earlier and asked me to get a durian back for supper. Oh yes, who can resist the uniquely pungent smell of the king of fruits. It's really one of those "either you love it or you hate it" things.

LP walked me to this durian stall opposite Serangoon Plaza (the one near Mustafa Centre) and I got a durian that set me back by S$20 (7.50 pounds or US$15). The stall owner not only remove the cumbersome (and spikey) shells, he had kindly wrapped everything in a Styrofoam box sealed with cellophane tape so that I could catch the train back home without being stopped by the staff (durians are outlawed on public transport because of their smell... try beating that!)

I would say that the durian is a gravely misunderstood fruit. I know of some people who are so traumatised by the smell that the feeling of nausea still overcome them whenever the thought of durian crosses their mind.

Not that I'm complaining really, lest the people realized that they're missing out on one of the tastiest fruit in the world and began to drive up the demand (and prices) of the king of fruit!

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21 comments:

travelphilippines said...

they ay its delicious but i hate the smell hehe.

JesieBlogJourney said...

I have never seen so much durians prepacked.

We have whole frozen ones in oriental stores in the U.S. but I don't understand why they don't smell in the freezer. I wonder whether it is a different species. I don't eat durians.

Nomadic Matt said...

i never really got into it but the smell wasn't really as bad as people say...its just....strong...

Jasmine Shanea said...

I love durians!! It's an acquired taste. I remembered they had durians on the reality tv show Fear Factor once which was really funny. :)

dr_clairebear said...

i fall under the hate column for the fresh fruit - though i can stand the smell. it tastes a bit like sweetened garlic to me.

but the candies and preserves they make from it are divine. :)

kyh said...

I love it, but gotta agree with the nauseating smell, esp in a totally enclosed area like a car. And whenever u pick up a durian, ur hands will hv that strong smell which u can't get rid of no matter how much soap and water u wash with it. That's why i always use a spoon to eat it. :P

Deimos Tel`Arin said...

Love the taste, love the smell.

Use to eat lots of it when I was a kid.

Now, much elder, I eat with moderation.

Too "Yeet Hei" or "Heaty" thus unhealthy when consumed in large volumes.

Nowadays, I only eat a piece or not. :)

london soon said...

Those outside Fairprice are of good standard nowadays..... Past three days, I had been having durian for dinner in HK! Heaven....

C K said...

@travelphilipines, normadic matt, dr_clairbear, jesieblogjourney

You're really missing out on a great luxury in life. Tell you what... you can try covering up your nose and take a tiny bite. It worked for some of my friends and they are hooked after that.

Try cooling the durians in a fridge before that. It taste better that way. :)

@jasmine
How could they waste durians on that show!! argh....

@kyh
Heard that you should wash your hands with water drained off from the durian shells to remove the smell.

But being able to lick the durian bits off my fingers after that is the highlight for me. haha... finger lickin' good!

@deimos
Come on! Heaty? At your age? Just swallow some mangosteen thereafter and you'll be fine!

@london soon
Lucky you... those sold in London are not only overpriced but they've lost their scent due to the long flight.

Tried NTUC's "red prawn" variety once. Found that it's somewhat inferior to the D24s...

vkeong said...

Durian is the best fruit everrrrr! Last year I spent hundred over of ringgit just on durians alone. I am so lucky my gf is not afraid of durians lol. My favorite ones are not those with special names.. durian kampung is the best. RM10 for 4, how cheap can it get? Sweet and yummy :D

BTW I have added you into my blogroll ;)

C K said...

@vkeong
Durian kampungs... you mean those wild durians? I remembered picking those up while I was in the army. But it's quite difficult to get a 'fleshy' one.

4 for RM10 and you spent over a hundred RM? Whew, you must be downing tons of "liang teh" after that.

Thanks for the blogroll! But I can't locate it on your page. May I know where it is? :)

Crissy said...

Used to hate durian because of it's smell and also tasted a bitter one.

But now, I love it! It's smell is a fragrance to me. LOL.

C K said...

@Crissy
Welcome to the club! Have you tried taking it together with rice? Haha... not a good sight but it's an interesting mix I must say.

Dutchie said...

durian chendol, durian in all kinds of pastry n the fruit itself - I eat as much as I possibly can when I'm in Sg :))

C K said...

@Dutchie,
Can you don't do that to me? Now I have to fork out 700 pounds to fly back for durian chendol... argh!

Dutchie said...

ck, loved ur sense of humour or do u mean u missed that yummy dessert when u were last there ? My hubby is into ch'ng tng n sour sop. We have them daily as a way to cool down after all the jalan around town.

C K said...

@dutchie,
Honestly, I've not heard of durian chendol but like I said, I'll seek it out during my next visit to S'pore.... now saving my pennies... I'm still 697.98 pounds short but I'm getting there!

Unlike ching teng, I would imagine durian chendol to be 'heaty'. Hardly what you would call a dessert, isn't it?

But I suspect that you'll need lots of ching teng to even survive S'pore's weather. :)

Dutchie said...

ck, when u see those stalls that sells hot n cold desserts, they bound to hv durian chendol. Dont worry abt the "heat" lah - it's just 2 spoonful of durian in the chendol or ice kachang ma. I get this yummy at People's Park, hawker centre opp Sim Lim n Bishan.

Bread Talk does offer yummy durian puffs n creamy cakes. My sis-in-law is always chasing down yummies associated with durian n buying it for us. No greater pleasure than that, dont u agree ?

What saving pennies, ck ? U r a man with deep pockets leh ;-) !!

C K said...

@Dutchie,
Deep pockets? Absolutely! I had a hard time digging through my pockets for a 2p coin at Tesco just now... I have no idea why there was so much tissue paper and receipts stuffed in them...

Talking about durian desserts, we love those small bite-size durian puffs that sell for $0.80 (2 years back) each at a restaurant along Thompson road... hmm... slurp!

Fëanor said...

Once you get past the smell, it tastes pretty neat, eh? In Indonesia I ate durian ice-cream as well, which was great, except I polished off a whole tub of it, and, well, suffice it to say, I was a frequent visitor in the toilet for two days thereafter...

C K said...

@Fëanor,
You know something? I can never get your name right... got to copy and paste.

Anyway, if you think that durian ice-cream is good, you should try durian puffs, those are absolutely heavenly!