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Durian--

Dinner was a mitigated failure, or a highly qualified success, depending. It was edible, and a bite or two had an okay flavor--kind of a tropical banana-papaya sort of thing, but it was a touch mealy, and certainly not for the faint of palate, and it definately was tiring after a few bites. The fruit smell is very strong, even now. And the shrimp had no flavor (though I started with cocktail shrimp, which are pretty bland to begin with!)

Durian is NEAT, but a bit icky. Once you get past the spiky green exterior, the interior has little sacs of onion-vanilla pudding, each one wrapped around a seed. It's really neat, like Gaia said "I shall make a FRUIT OF WAR that can be eaten easily with a spoon." I mean, it really WANTS to be pudding. It almost didn't need the blender, but I did that for smoothness of texture. It smelled good when I was finished, which was kind of a triumph.

I don't like papaya. I may try durian in a year or so (and this time follow a recipe), but I probably won't mess with papaya ever again.

Whines--thank you for bringing dumplings and steamed bread things :)

Anyway, the experience of Durian was certainly worth the price of the vegetable itself, that was a lot of fun, very gooey and stringy.

Anyway, I ended up scraping a nearly full casarolle dish of the stuff into the sink and running it down the disposal. I guess that makes it more of a mitigated failure, but it was still a lot of fun :)

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stripey_d
Oct. 20th, 2004 05:51 am (UTC)
*sniffffffsniffsniffs*
baktre
Oct. 20th, 2004 06:33 am (UTC)
It wobbled between fruity and just an eensy bit scary for me. The highly viscous texture started to disturb me towards the end. I did clean my plate though. :)

Imagine putting some sort of explosive squib in the middle of a durian and bursting it (non-concussively) near people. I think you'd get some REAL strong reactions, especially if you'd built up thier anxieties first.
spottylogic
Oct. 20th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC)
Eew...Yeah, it'd have to be a localized sort of explosion, because you wouldn't want that spiky rind flying around. But totally science-fiction-alien-egg-bursting, yeah. Blurk.
atalantapendrag
Oct. 20th, 2004 06:37 am (UTC)
And now you can say that you have tried durian, which is definitely not for the faint of heart.
spottylogic
Oct. 20th, 2004 12:46 pm (UTC)
I'll probably try again in a year or so. The flavor wasn't bad, it was just...hmm...it didn't work.
synj_munki
Oct. 20th, 2004 09:26 am (UTC)
ewww, durian..
tried a durian smoothie at a vietnamese restuarant in houston, blech.
spottylogic
Oct. 20th, 2004 12:47 pm (UTC)
Re: ewww, durian..
Yeah, October really didn't like the favor much, either. The websites say it's really not for everyone.
apryl_knight
Oct. 20th, 2004 06:08 pm (UTC)
Actually, I liked it, but the main flavor I noticed was the squash (hence my cinnamon suggestion). And, just because I'm weird that way, I think it'd be good mixed with some rice and baked into a pie crust. *grin*
spottylogic
Oct. 20th, 2004 06:15 pm (UTC)
I'll experiment along those lines maybe down the road--I think that'd be a lot of relentless bland sweet for a full pie, though! Right now, I'm *still* tasting it, and I'm not thrilled by that sensation...I'll go play with pumpkin for a while, and stay away from exotics until at least next year :) Glad you enjoyed it, though!
apryl_knight
Oct. 20th, 2004 06:23 pm (UTC)
Mmmm...pumpkin. Yummy!
the_october
Oct. 20th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC)
Hyena smells like stinky fruit
...doo-dah, doo-dah.
spottylogic
Oct. 20th, 2004 06:46 pm (UTC)
Grumble...even from a hundred miles, you remind me of this?
flippantmoniker
Oct. 20th, 2004 11:44 pm (UTC)
Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee

Poop Fruit
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