Durian, also known as the King of fruits has an absolutely repulsive smell. The smell is worse in a car/taxi that has recently carried durian in it. To me it smelt like ‘under arm sweat with a mixture stale onions’ this is not an exaggeration.
Anthony Bourdain calls it “indescribable, something you will either love or despise…Your breath will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother.”
Durian smells so bad that it is even banned in public places. Durian has been banned on many types of public transport across Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong. In Singapore, the fruit is banned across all types of public transportation and even taxis have signs to let you know they refuse to carry passengers transporting the smelly fruit.
After living in Malaysia for close to 3years, we decided to give the notorious fruit a try. While the famously bad smelling fruit may be a turn off due to its smell or from hear says, we gladly recommend you give it a try we were shocked at how good it tasted.
In this video we tried 5 different types of Durian with our most pleasant called Dato Nina (which tasted to me like a mixture of condensed milk, Avocado, honey and some smelly dried grass used in making traditional medicine)…lol
The fruit’s flesh is sometimes eaten raw, or is cooked and used to flavor a number of traditional Southeast Asian dishes and candies. It’s also used in traditional Asian medicine, as both an anti-fever treatment and a aphrodisiac.
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