Thursday, May 26, 2005

What makes durian so irresistible?

I love durian although I could not eat it now. I was told is “poison” in terms of Chinese eating habit. It could cause pimples so it’s a no no to people like us. I used to love it so much I have once eaten until I was too full and vomit. At that time I was around 13 years old. My mom bought a whole basket and my family have only 4 people. I could not remember how many I have eaten; all I remember is that I spend around 15 minutes vomiting in the toilet.

I have yet to come across someone in Malaysia who does not like durian. If you are avid fans of Hong Kong movies or drama, you will notice that they mention that durian is for certain group of people, like the famous smelly tofu. I have been to Hong Kong twice but I have yet to try it, I guess its like durian, once you try it you will love it.

The durian business has since grown and matures to having numbers denoting its grades like the famous D24 or etc. I do not remember having such numbering system when I was young; all I remember is that my mom will actually choose by shaking, hearing and smelling the durian. It seems choosing good durian it’s an art by itself, some said you got to look at the thorn and also the shape. Any durian expert out there that wants to share their expertise?

Even eating durian, it’s an art. Some ate and suck until all the meat is gone and some left meat around the seeds. I remember I was told after eating durian; one should take an empty durian and pour some water in it and drank it. This they say will lessen the “heat”, some will eat mangosteen instead.

The best durian I ever eaten is thai durian, especially the muan thong which means golden pillow. It’s big and the seed is small. Thai loves their durian raw and hard, we Malaysian loves it soft. So when I was in Thailand I will usually buy those that is ready to be thrown away, it’s a lot cheaper. So what makes durian irresistible? To me it’s the feel of the meat melting away in my mouth and the sweet smell that comes with it, umm yummy…..



11 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi soo, i like your thai related chronicals which fascinates me as i m so thai maniac since young contrary to what the majority at large. look forward to more thai stuff although it depresses me, that i dont get to do a lot of things i wanan do like what u did. hehehe!
keatix

Lynne said...

Unfortunately, I am NOT a durian fan, I am just a social eater. I think the fruit is ugly, and the after-math smell is soooo bad. Esp if you put them in the fridge, everything in the fridge will "kanah" that horrible smell. My family loves durans though, my dad used to cook durian rice with leftover durians (ultra yucks!), do you believe it?

SooHK said...

Keatix, oh thanks, my wife is a thai....hence the stuff that I did..

Lynne, oh the first person that I heard that dislike durian..in thailand there is a dried durian which I adore...its like potato chips hahaha...and your dad got some exquisite taste..hahaha...so I guess your mom dislike durian....

Anonymous said...

yeah, i know. cool. that was also my dream. incidentally, i m listening to green wave now.
keatix

SooHK said...

oh green wave one of my favourite channels...do you have your own blog sites....I love to visit blogs...and get to learn somethings along the way...or maybe I have visited it before, hahaha as I have around 100 plus blog that I kept visiting on and off....hahaha

Lynne said...

Oh no, my mom love durians too, my entire family does, except for ME! Hehee, yeah, I am the weird one! I prefer "simpler" fruits like orange and apples. Sometimes I will go more "exotic" like strawberries and watermelons ...

Wabbit said...

I Lurve durians!!!!!!!!!yummy! why is it poisoned leh? heaty issit? i dun care lah..poison also i eat!!!

desska said...

I like durian a lot. Who said it is poisoneous? It is poisoenous if we eat it too much. ur head would spin like hell and ur body would get hot. I'd ever felt it. but still... i like durian a lot. hehehe

SooHK said...

Its "poison" due to it, causing heatiness in our body..some sensitive ones may have nose bleeds..

Monica said...

I want to try it, but I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT IS????????????????????

I read the posts, is it animal, vegetable? mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, i want to try it, Ive never tried smelly type tofu, but i just adore tofu, uncooked raw, love it!!!!!!!!

SooHK said...

Monica, durian is a kinda of fruit. We called King of Fruits. I love Tofu.. but I have cut down a lot as I have high uric acid...

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