Friday, 7 November 2008

Taste Sensation: The Durian Smoothie

Tonight we had a family dinner at China Bar, which was of course the perfect opportunity for a Taste Sensation! At China Bar, the best place to look for a Taste Sensation is the drinks menu. Gib went with the durian smoothie - a bold move.

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Courtesy of mt_rye. I love the description: "If you don't know what Durian is, you owe it to yourself to look it up on wikipedia. Yes, it made one fellow diner almost ill just from the smell."

If we go to wikipedia, here's the description of the flavour of a durian:

"The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour, strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Regarded by some as fragrant, others as overpowering and offensive, the smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust. The odour has led to the fruit's banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in Southeast Asia."

Further on in the article it quotes novelist Anthony Burgess as describing "like eating sweet raspberry blancmange in the lavatory", which is more in line with my opinion of it. The flavour descriptions amongst our family ranged somewhere between dry, mango or off lychee to urinal cakes. It's like a smooth, custardy, pungent fruit, but with an almost savoury twist to it as well. The initial taste was the worst - the smell/flavour is really hits you and is very overwhelming - then the flavour improves to almost pleasant, but quickly deteriorates into vile again.

I can tell you as I'm writing this and burping occasionally (oh, the burps are the worst. I'm actually afraid to burp right now) that I can assure you I will never again consume durian smoothie. Even a quick search on flickr will show you that I'm not the only one. My favourite is the one titled Never. Get. The. Durian. Smoothie. And then there's this poor guy. Regrettably, I was in a rush as I was leaving this evening and didn't have my camera or even my phone (it was charging) to capture the moment.

However we did manage finish the durian smoothie. I think this is a decision we are now regretting.


Taccolina said...

ooooh, ow, love the photo of that guy - I've always steered clear, and I'm sticking to my guns on this one.

You're very brave! (or something)


Jenaveve said...

What the??? Durian. Intriguing to say the least... and don't think I'll be trying one in the near future - thanks for the tip!

My first comment back in blogland for yonks! And I did enjoy this post. Makes me realise how much I missed everyone's stories...

handmaiden said...

I hate the smell and taste and I would be ill after one sip!! you 've got guts! literally

Hoppo Bumpo said...

I can't believe you were brave enough to try. Pahhh. Yukk!!!

And I am wondering who in your family has tried urinal cakes to be able to compare the taste? Hilarious!

Lynn said...

Thanks for the tip! Now I will never. Get. The. Durian. Smoothie. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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