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Old 05-19-2005, 09:33 AM   #11
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Asian friends rave about it. I ate it in Singapore. To me the smell of the outside was overpoweringly rancid.... sort of 'off' cheesey/oniony smell. I think that may well have 'flavoured' my tasting of the fruit. Although I was holding my nose - I felt I could still 'smell' it when I had the fruit part in my mouth.... Didn't like it at all - in fact, it caused me to gag....

Once, and once only was enough! BUT, you could often tell when people had been eating it in the block of flats where a friend lived.... I kid you not: that smell could penetrate through doors and walls!
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Old 05-19-2005, 09:36 AM   #12
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Is it sweet like other fruits?
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Old 05-19-2005, 10:34 AM   #13
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My Singaporean friends tried to tell me it tasted a bit of vanilla and was sweet..... It didn't seem like that to me.... it really did cause the gag reflex, but that was probably because my nasal passages had been assaulted by the smell of the whole fruit - someone told me its the pulp stuff that has the smell, not the outside spikey bit....
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Old 05-19-2005, 11:57 AM   #14
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I would say it has a gentle sweetness to the fruit. The best way to eat it is to take the fruit from the shell, wrap it in saran wrap and freeze for about an hour. When you take it out, it'll be just a little firm. Bit into it and it's like you're tasting a really creamy custard.
Most people get turned off by the smell and I think that has a lot to do with their reaction to the taste. For me, since I grew up accustomed to the smell, it doesn't have negative connotations (i.e. smells like trash) for me. If you ever get a chance to try it, go for it, just try to keep an open mind.
I liken durian to how most older Asians don't like cheese. They say it smells and tastes funny. When we first came to the U.S. my Mom flat out refused to eat cheese for those very reasons, now she has slowly come around. If it's a light tasting cheese and if it's in moderation, she'll have some.
Ishbel is right though, the durian fragrance penetrates walls!
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Old 05-19-2005, 01:19 PM   #15
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It's sweet like a melon or a papaya is sweet, perhaps not wuite as much. With a more buttery texture.

But it's hard to discern that because of the smell.

GB, next time you are in town, head to a Super 88 (the Dorchester or Quincy ones would be best) and buy some frozen durian and see for yourself.
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Old 05-19-2005, 01:22 PM   #16
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I am dying to try it. I feel like I would be able to overcome the smell for some strange reason. Jenny i will have to check out Super 88 for sure (and not just for Durian)
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Old 05-19-2005, 10:06 PM   #17
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Boy oh boy, something that smells like a combination of garbage and gasoline that makes people gag and vomit...YUM! I won't be trying that one any time soon.

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Old 05-20-2005, 01:09 AM   #18
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GB, might I suggest easing yourself into it by not going for the pure fruit first!!! There are wafer cookies and ice cream flavored durian. Try that instead, and the smell isn't as strong as the pure real fruit.
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Old 05-20-2005, 05:16 PM   #19
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It always scares me when someone has to preface a new food with "try to keep an open mind" - LOL Sea urchin was the last thing I can think of where someone had to sort of give that explanation.
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Old 05-20-2005, 05:37 PM   #20
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I tried sea urchin at a sushi restaurant. It didn't have much flavor, just kind of mushy. Elf, was yours in sushi form, or was it cooked?
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