Durian Shack at Dempsey Hill
I pass this Durian stall along my Dempsey Hill running route. It is set up in one of the outlying carparks of the area; the surroundings are very green and rather rustic, reminiscent of rural Malaysia.
One of the durian’s claims to fame is its reputation as the world’s smelliest fruit. Its odour is pervasive and it is banned from buses & trains, and in fact, many public places.
Image from wikipedia
The durian is a beloved delicacy in Malaysia, Singapore, and other parts of Southeast Asia. Its taste and smell, however, take some getting used to. The creamy fruit is notoriously potent—in fact, it’s so smelly that Singapore’s public transit systems tell passengers not to bring them onto subways or buses. And yet, despite its stinky reputation, it can be found practically everywhere: In curries, cakes, and even ice cream. For visitors, biting into the fruit can be an utterly confusing and contradictory experience.mentalfloss.com
Most who have encountered it feel very strongly: either they love it, or abhor it. The Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei describes the taste as “vomit-flavoured custard“, whereas Giovanni Battista Cerruti, an Italian explorer in 1908 said “I must say that I have never tasted anything more delicious“.
Durian is not permitted in our home: Loving Husband is the only one who enjoys it and the rest of us cannot tolerate its presence. So when we travel, he takes every opportunity to enjoy it with other durian lovers.
Durian Feast during our trip to Ipoh, Malaysia, in the summer of 2019. On the left photo, from left: my brother, my Dad, Loving Husband, Loving Husband’s cousin, brother’s son. Photo on the right are 2 of the fruits sampled.
Have you had durian before? Would you be keen to try?