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 :)