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Old 05-18-2005, 04:09 PM   #1
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Have You Tried Durian?

luvs food posted a Food Quiz and one of the questions had to do with the fruit called Durian. I have never tried it or even seen it, but have been very curious about it for a long time now. Has anyone here ever tried it or ever smelled it? What did you think?

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Old 05-18-2005, 04:22 PM   #2
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i haven't been able to find it but i'm definately curious.
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Old 05-18-2005, 05:09 PM   #3
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I've had it a few times at my fav Vietnames place in NYC. The owner likes me and gives me special tastes of exotic things.

It smells really bad. IMO like a combo of garbage and gasoline. It tastes slightly less bad, nice texture, though.

Nothing I'd buy or order in a restaurant.

You can buy them fresh and frozen at the Super 88. If you have a good asian market, you've probably seen them. Big, round, with spines.

They are very pricey.
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Old 05-18-2005, 05:29 PM   #4
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I've tried to like it..... but have to admit, I failed
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Old 05-18-2005, 05:46 PM   #5
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I've tried it and LOVE it. Funny most people think it stinks, but I think it smells like durian, so think it smells good! I think to some, it's the Asian equivalent of cavier. It's expensive and definitely an acquired taste. When I am talking to family/friends about it, I refer to it as the stinky fruit. hehehe

If you're scared, but want a sample flavor, check out the durian flavored cookies or ice creams at your local Asian store.
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Old 05-18-2005, 07:50 PM   #6
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Here's a Durian - kinda cool!
I just saw a recipe showcasing one of these - If I can find the magazine, I'll post the recipe.
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Old 05-18-2005, 11:27 PM   #7
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Pete Luckett, "The Food Hunter", had an episode 3-4 weeks ago where he encountered Durian. It's the first time I've ever seen him gag and spit something out. In fact, there was an obvious break in the filming so I'm sure there was some off-camera barfing associated with the experience, too. Think I'll add this to my "if I never try it it will be too soon" list.
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Old 05-19-2005, 03:27 AM   #8
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The smell is pretty bad, but the fruit itself just made me gag, even when holding my nose
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Old 05-19-2005, 08:38 AM   #9
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Can you compare the flavor to anything else? I have heard a lot of people compare it to rotten trash, but that is just a description of it being "gross". Is that really the flavor or is there any other flavor it might be closer to?
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Old 05-19-2005, 09:15 AM   #10
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Kinda reminds me of breadfruit.
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