There's an amazing Asian Super Center near where I live - Fubonn. I'd hear so many fantastical things about it I had to go. I wasn't prepared for what I would find. A lawyers and tax office, special occasion clothing stores, pots, pans, spoons, fans, incense, teas, bakery, onion buns, salapao, candies, noodle houses, and finally....DURIAN.
Now I had never seen a durian up close before. I've seen them on television - Andrew Zimmern spitting them out, saying they tasted like spoiled onions; Anthony Bourdain loving every bite and not understanding the bad reputation the fruit has.
I consider myself a [fairly] adventurous eater. I'll try most things twice (just in case it wasn't prepared well the first time around). And here I was standing in front of a fruit that some places in Southeast Asia won't even let you bring into the building.
I didn't buy one. I walked away with the thought of this spiny green melon-like fruit still in my head. I must admit - I'm still tempted to go back to Fubonn and pick up one, bring it home and crack that bad boy open on my back porch.
So what do you think?
Have you tried durian?
What did it taste like to you?
Were you a fan?
Would you eat it again?