Durians. Perhaps one of the world’s most divisive fruit.
On one side, you have the fervent haters (I was one of them). Durian smells horrible, like the combination of Rafflesia, wet socks and rotten eggs rolled into one – why would anyone even want to go near it, much less eat it?
Yet there are legions of durian devotees who cannot get enough of its heavenly taste, which some claimed to be a divine mix of banana and mango.
Weirdly, you’ll either hate it or love it – there’s no in between. As the many versions of durian challenges out there can attest to.
I used to hate durian. What made me change sides?
Durian is a social fruit
I made the initial switch due to ‘peer pressure’.
Unlike bananas and mangoes which people consume in solitude, durians are eaten with family and friends.
In the beginning, I hated the smell. When I was a child, I was offered a durian puff at my grandmother’s place. I happily took a bite, only to end up spitting the puff out. I cried. The smell was just too strong.
Growing up surrounded by durian lovers meant being left out at gatherings. This had to change.
The first few attempts at trying to accept durian were horrible and unsuccessful – but I persisted. So much so that family and friends started injecting stories about my funny expressions after taking a bite, into their conversations about durians.
Strangely, my perception towards durian started to shift after a few more durian outings with family and friends. I began to crave that creamy texture and now-aromatic durian scent.
What began as an exercise to fit in has gone full circle. I now look forward to any durian outings not only as a reason to meet up, but also because I truly enjoy the fruit itself.
Durian is a pick-me-up
Once, while trying to meet the deadline of a project, I recalled something I once read – eat durians to relieve fatigue and mental stress. So instead of turning to energy drinks, I decided to try eating durians to keep me going.
True to its claim (at least for this incident), I kept going for another 12hours without sleep and didn’t feel the need to reach out for some sugar. It definitely worked for me as a pick-me-up, but you might want to consider not eating durians in the office as the smell lingers.
Durian is a superfood
In traditional Chinese medicine, durians are considered ‘heaty’ and should be enjoyed in moderation. It is one of the reasons why I avoided the fruit. But similar to the now-trending avocado, durians are actually packed with health benefits.
Durians are known to boost the immune system, prevent cancer, brighten and lighten complexion, and promote longer and healthier hair. It was also shown to have the ability to reduce infertility in men and women.
Despite my previous distaste for the fruit, I’m now a durian fan. Fellow durian lovers will be delighted to know that there is pop-up durian stall at Malaysian Food Street from 22 November 2017 to 17 December 2017, 11am to 11pm daily. There are up to 15 varieties (based on availability) to choose from, including the ever-popular Mao Shan Wang.
If you know a durian hater, bring them to try the durian here and you may even convert them into a believer, just like what happened to me. But maybe don’t eat durians before you go onto the roller coasters…
Durian Pop-Up Stall
Date: 22 November 2017 – 17 December 2017
Time: 11am – 11pm
Venue: Malaysian Food Street
Seasonal pricing applies
members enjoy 15% off.
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