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    Durian Fruit... I just tried it for the first time.

    Surprisingly delicious. I got one that is the Thai variety. Hardly any smell, and VERY sweet.

    What a fantastic treat.

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    We get them in supermarkets here, but I figure they must have been denatured somehow as real durian is not fit for storage inside. In Singapore it is illegal to carry them on public transport! Mind you, most things are illegal in Singapore.

    Have never tried it, despite all my travels in Asia. I did have some durian icecream once, which had a pleasant mild flavour
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    There are several different kinds. The Thai variety (like the one I got) is less stinky and much sweeter.

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    Andrew Zimmern says they taste aweful...


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    And Anthony Bourdain says they're good. Personally, I'm a bigger fan of Bourdain than Zimmern. Bourdain reminds me fondly of my ex.

    They do have a slight "onion" taste- but I liken it more to caramelized Vidalia onions. I'm hoping to snag a few more of these for Boarfest, if anyone's feeling adventurous. Maybe we can do our own sort of "Fear Factor" with durian, balut (which is also delicious) and mealworms.

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    I'd totally do the durian fear factor, but count me out for the balut. Balut is just deeply disturbing to me. I'd rather eat roast rattlesnake (and I'm skeerd of snakes)! Mealworms... MAAAAAAYBE if they were chocolate covered
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    Durian. Truly a taste for a select few among American palates. My wife is from Indonesia and her entire family loves Durian. I think it smells like rotten fruit. The Durian ice cream from Lee's Sandwich shops is pretty good, if an acquired taste.

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    It's refreshing to see an American actually be able to do more than tolerate the taste of durian.

    As a born and bred Singaporean, I can't even bring myself to eat it although it's everywhere. As for the smell, it's inevitable as it's everywhere. Sometimes you walk past your neighbor's and you know they're having it.

    I've tried it many times, but the older I get, the less I'm able to tolerate it.

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    I had it once and loved it. They said it had been frozen, which is supposed to help with the stink.
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    I have been told that durian fruit is extremely smelly. I am glad you posted this. I will now buy one sooner rather than later!
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