In February, when we were in Asia, we came across a fruit called durian. I had never even heard of it, but we were very curious to try it since people snickered every time we asked about it. What was so funny? We soon found out…
This fruit is infamous for its smell. And I’m not talking about a good smell. I’m talking a smell that’s downright horrid! Just to give you an idea, it’s like something rotting out of your bun-hole mixed with cooked cabbage. It is TRULY that bad!
So when we saw a vendor selling it on the street in Bangkok, we just had to smell it. One whiff and I was looking for a trash can to vomit into. The vendor laughed his head off, although I’m sure I wasn’t the first tourist he’s seen gagging over the odor.
People must love it, though, because it was everywhere. In Singapore, it was even an ice cream flavor.
A slice of ice cream is crammed between two slices of green and pink swirl bread and presto! You have an ice cream sandwich that is best left to the locals. Not only was the ice cream not fit for human consumption, but the bread left you burping up some weird after-taste for hours.
And just in case you think I’m exaggerating its stench, here is a sign posted at the airport.
Starvation had to be the only reason someone ate this fruit in the first place. I figure that when the first person tried it and didn’t die, other starving people tried it out, too.
When writing this post, I came across a website that tells a funny story about durian. If you want a laugh, I highly suggest you read it along with the comments.
One person commenting on the website gives this description:
-Get yo mama’s old socks wear them and run a marathon
-squeeze the sweat out of them into a bowl
-chop a dead rat into pieces and mix with sweat into bowl
-do a poo in the bowl (make sure you have laxatives before)
-regurgitate 2 dinners into bowl
-mix together and eat… YUM YUM!!! THIS IS DURIAN!!!!
Amen brother! I couldn’t have said it any better.