A friend of mine who visited Malaysia recently gave me a pack of dried durian to try. Since I was staying in a hotel, I didn’t want to open the pack even in my room because I feared the smell would spread all over the hotel. So I waited to bring it to Manila. My wife definitely hates the smell of durian so I have to eat it when she is out of the house.
So one day my wife was out for a couple of hours and I had my chance to taste this product. I opened the carton and found out the dried fruit was vacuum-packed and resealable. The packaging says it is 100% durian, meaning it’s all fruit that was probably dried and sealed immediately. The dried fruit feels light, way different from the dried carabao mangoes I’m used to. When I put it in my mouth, it seemed to melt. Delicious! However, after a few more bites, the fruit seemed to get stuck in my gums. Eventually it melts but sometimes it’s a bother for me since I have sensitive gums. And there was no smell! You couldn’t smell that durian smell.
Well, only my breath smelled and I thought it wasn’t too bad, but I had to be sure so I put the product to the test . . . of some sort. First, to mask the bad breath, I drank beer. Then I find out from friends not to mix beer and durian. I don’t really know why. My thinking is it has to do something with uric acid. Others say maybe I might get a bum stomach. My stomach is quite strong but it can’t take green mangoes and ice cream. Hehe.
Anyway, before my wife arrived, I gargled with Scope and everything seemed A-OK. When she stepped out of the car, I went near her and asked her if she noticed anything. She looked up and down and shrugs curiously. So I asked her to kiss me. She gave me a peck. I asked her to kiss me again and asked if she noticed anything. She couldn’t tell. Success! Dried Durian passed the test!
Like any other durian product, nothing beats eating the fruit. Grabbing the fleshy meat and savoring the taste is something to die for. As many people say, “Tastes lie heaven but it smells like hell!” Given a choice, I will always go for the fruit. But if that isn’t an option, the dried durian isn’t bad. Not bad at all.