durian fruit

August 3, 2009

I can almost see your reaction upon reading the title of this post. It’s not altogether difficult, you see, because there are really only three reactions to the words durian fruit. The first, and the most common, goes something along the lines of “Duri-what?” For those in the know, however, the reaction is more polarised download browser chrome. There are those, like me, who will react with a “You ate durian? Where? How much? Was it good? Can I have some?” and, more commonly there are those, like the Bean, who will react with a “Errrrrgh. No. Thankyou. Actually, could you get that thing away from me? Now? Good.” Why such variation? Well the durian fruit itself is bliss – sweet, creamy and fragrant download receipt template. Unfortunately the fragrance (which is oh-so-polarising) also sticks to your fingers, your breath and everything in its vicinity… for hours.

In case you didn’t know, I’ve only just gotten back from a whirlwind fortnight-long trip to my home away from home, Malaysia. I love it there. The sometimes-oppressive heat, the dust and the hundreds of languages I don’t understand included. Why? Well, for a start, my extended family is there download youtube video with subtitles. Thirteen cousins, uncles, aunties, two sets of grandparents, an uncountable number of grand-uncles and grand-aunties and an even more uncountable number of second and third and other-numbered cousins.

a durian fruit vendor in haikou, hainan island

a durian vendor in haikou, hainan island

Oh, and the food I love is there Download memes for free. The simple but delicious dishes that take a lifetime to learn in order to cook it just right. The tropical fruits. Mangosteen, rambutan, jambu, jackfruit… and durian. Oh! Durian fruit!

Considering that it was among the first few things to be crossed off my to-eat-on-holidays list, it seems fitting that it also appears as one of my first post-holiday holiday-posts countdown. Confusing any? I’ll keep going. My hunt for durian started on the trip to my aunt’s place from the airport at Kuala Lumpur. There were these roadside stands, you see, every kilometre or so along the freeway. I wanted to stop, but there was shopping to be done and a plane to catch to Hainan Island the next morning and… *sigh*.

durian fruit getting packed into bags

durian fruit getting packed into bags

Luckily for the mother and I, we found our first durian fruit in Haikou, Hainan facebook videos without app. Sure, we’d just landed and had close to no sleep in three days, and sure, it would be cheaper back in Malaysia, but there was no time for waiting. The fruit stall man weighed it, cracked it open and put each segment’s fruit into a separate bag for us so the precious seeds wouldn’t get smooshed apps um filme zuen. We took it back to the hotel (naughty I know) and lived in a durian-perfumed haze for the rest of the night. And loved it.

There was more to be had back in Malaysia, where best durian fruit is found on display at a roadside stall. This is how it works. You stop the car, hop out and ask for a durian, and its price, specifying the breed if you know what you like. A fruit is selected download bs app. It is held out to you, you sniff. If the fragrance is to your liking, you nod and it is cut open for you. If you’re planning on getting takeaway, it’s customary to pinch a bit of the flesh for a taste before bagging it. These vendors pride themselves on only selling ripe, tasty fruit. And if, like us, you’re planning on “eating in”, the durian fruit will be prised open for you in sections, placed on a plastic chair, and off you will go Download video from youtube mac. Empty husks are tossed in a box along with the seeds, and a bottle of water is provided at the end for a mouth and hand rinse.

a typical roadside durian fruit stall

a typical roadside durian fruit stall

We stopped at this roadside stall with my mother’s sister, a true durian afficionado. Whilst eating (they more expertly that I, who ended up with it on both my hands, my mouth, my hair and my nose – to much hilarity and disbelief) my aunt shared a couple of tips with us office student kostenlos download.

Durian Fruit Tips

  1. The best durians are fresh durians. Only buy frozen durian fruit if you must. (For those in Australia, this is a must – all of the durian I’ve seen to date is frozen and imported from Vietnam. Hence my craving for durian in Malaysia).
  2. The best durian breeds are D2 and XO. “Breeds?” you ask? Well yes. Like the different varities in apples, oranges and other, more familiar, fruit, durians have been bred and cross bred to perfection. D2 is known for its rich yellow flesh, small seeds and punchy flavour, whilst XO has a creamier flesh and flavour.
  3. The breed 101 is pronounced “eye-oh-eye”. Don’t sound like a fool asking for “one-oh-one”. They won’t know what you’re asking for.
  4. Durian season runs through July and August. Don’t try to get it out of season. It will almost invariably be not-as-tasty and quite a bit more expensive.
  5. Hide your durian-smell fingers by washing your hands with shell-water. This is the best tip by far. Hold the durian-fruit shell, spikes up, under a tap and wash your hands in the water that runs off the shell. The smell will be gone. Completely. Promise. I thought it was a hoax til I tried it.
  6. To get rid of durian breath, drink salt water from the shell. This one wasn’t from my aunt, but from a fellow Sydney-based durian fruit lover. He also says that eating mangosteen afterwards will help with any potential illness you may suffer from overindulging.

Truth be told, I haven’t tried Tip #6 yet. But if anyone has some durian fruit and mangosteen lying around for me to test the theory out with, I’d be more than happy to report back on the findings…

a freshly cracked open durian fruit

a freshly cracked open beauty

  • #1
    August 3rd, 2009

    Ooh I didn’t know about the salt water drinking tip! I’ve gone through packs of chewing gum trying to get rid of my durian breath in the past. Mmm and I will be happy to test out that mangosteen theory the first chance I get 😀

  • #2
    August 3rd, 2009

    Woooo durians! I’ve just read a blog about durins on Billy’s too LOL

    Its very interesting to see durians are sold like that on the street! it’s that commonly eaten sutff there eh?

  • #3
    August 3rd, 2009

    Durian…fragrant…0_o?!?!?!? Nooo bad Shez >_< bbaddd ahhhhhhhhhhh 😛

  • #4
    August 3rd, 2009

    Ah, an obligatory stop for all Malaysians it seems. Just read Billy’s post.

    I’ll have to suss out theory number 6 – although, you need a mythbusters style volunteer to not eat the durian and test your breath before and after. Bags not being that volunteer. Ew.

  • #5
    August 3rd, 2009

    ooh I love durian! I remember my uncle and aunty snuck it into their hotel in Thailand one time, very sneaky – but worth it! Lol. I love mangosteen so much! I always have bags of it when I go visit my fam in Cambodia – Omg. Now you’re making me want to go back!

  • #6
    August 3rd, 2009

    Road side durian rocks! It’s funny, Woolies in Cabramatta sells durian albeit it being frozen. Wonder if normal Woolies sells them too ?

  • #7
    August 4th, 2009

    hahahahaha you’re one brave woman taking your durian into your hotel room. LOL I like Durian, but I don’t think I’d be able to sleep if my room smelt like it.

  • #8
    August 4th, 2009

    @Steph: I’d heard it before, but have yet to try it. Besides, I kinda like the whole guess-which-person-you’re-travelling-with-ate-durian aspect to someone accidentally burping in a car and making half the passengers turn green 🙂

    @Yas: So common that “Durian Season” is on the official Malaysia Tourism website!

    @FFichiban: C’mon. Not so bad!

    @Forager: True that! Much as I love eating it, I wouldn’t want to have my face in someone else’s mouth to test the theory.

    @Betty: I found eating durian everyday a little much so alternated between that and mangosteen. If only they were as cheap here as they are there! Miss them both so much already…

    @Howard: At Woolies?! No way. I’ve heard rumors of non-frozen durian out Bankstown way, but am yet to ascertain their truth.

    @Linda: I’ll admit, there was a mild spot of hesitation, but we were in China (almost anything goes in China), we were only in the room for one night, and the hotel windows opened. Plus we hadn’t had durian yet and we were oh-so-determined to have it!

  • #9
    August 4th, 2009

    Wow, I love those tips about getting rid of the smell! I was just in Hong Kong and my work mates made me eat durian in the lift, because I wasn’t allowed to bring it back to the office with me.
    I was actually pretty gleeful about seeing the look on the next person’s face when they stepped into the lift after I was done…until I realised it was my boss. Not cool!

    On another note, durian lovers often argue about whether the soft ones or the hard ones are best – I must say, I’m a fan of the ones that melt all over your fingers 🙂

  • #10
    August 4th, 2009

    Have you heard of the myth that durians and alcohol don’t mix? If one were to consume durians, they should not consume alcohol or vice versa. It is said that people have died after consuming the two together at the same time :p

  • #11
    August 4th, 2009

    I learnt to love durian a while back (ever since I married into a Singaporean family :P). Love love it now. I am always dreaming of durian and black coffee. Weird? 😀

  • #12
    August 5th, 2009

    @Carmen: Hi-larious! I can only imagine your boss’s face 🙂 I’m a melt-over-the-fingers fan too. That’s how it ended up all over my face…

    @Ellie: I have heard that one, though haven’t tested it out per se. (And now I’m too scared to!)

    @Anh: No, not weird at all. And with those cravings, you’re practically an honorary Singaporean!

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    August 6th, 2009


  • #14
    August 7th, 2009

    Ha ha… eating durians in Oz is totally different to in Asia. A lot of Woolies (in Sydney) sell frozen durians. I think most of them are imported from Thailand rather than Vietnam. They are generally OK, but I can live without them.

    Of course as a Singaporean, we prefer the Malaysian varieties– which smells far more pungent and have a more intense taste compared to the generally larger and fleshier Thai varieties.

    As for the best variety, I don’t think it is as simple as saying this and this is the best! It is very complicated, and often will depend on what you are after… pale or yellow, firm or runny, sweet or bitter.

  • #15
    August 8th, 2009

    @suejan3: What? Too cool for durian is it? 🙂

    @pojaya: Oh I know! And I probably should clarify about the claim of “best” – In my travels I found that D2 and XO were usually sold at a premium (price wise) to the other breeds of durian, and included them both as they were examples of a runny/pale and firm/yellow kind of durian respectively.

  • #16
    January 8th, 2014

    Was the durian you found on Hainan actually growing there? I would love to visit Hainan during the durian season! I hear it is in July or August.