There are so many weird and strange food in this world. Have you tried any of these Salmiakki, Stinky Tofu and Durian? Out of these 3 food, i can only take durian. Perhaps i am born in Asia and that’s why i have fallen in love with it’s taste and smell of durian fruit (aka King of fruits). Likewise, Finnish are crazy over Salmiakki. And Hong Kong people love stinky tofu.
We Asian will start to think “What’s wrong with this people…?” Durian is such a delicious food.
Sometimes, it cross my mind what if the western also love to eat durian, if demand is good, then durian supplies won’t be enough for everyone else in this world.
Food critics on durian tasting:-
British novelist Anthony Burgess writes that eating durian is
“like eating sweet raspberry blancmange in the lavatory.”
Chef Andrew Zimmern compares the taste to
“completely rotten, mushy onions.”
Anthony Bourdain, a lover of durian, relates his encounter with the fruit as thus:
“Its taste can only be described as…indescribable, something you will either love or despise. …Your breath will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother.”
Travel and food writer Richard Sterling says:
“ its odor is best described as pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. It can be smelled from yards away.
Do you know why durian is known as The Forbidden fruit, this is because it is forbidden from many hotels, airlines, public transportation because of its strong pungent smell.
Let’s watch Andrew Zimmern bizarre food tasting of durian
Other video on durian tasting, a guy bought durian for his colleague at work to try. Look at their reaction after eating the forbidden fruits..
Durian Tasting at work 1
Durian Tasting at work 2
I remembered i ate this once and only a small bite and it stinks like garbage. Tried it in Malaysia once, never tried in Hong Kong before. Maybe it taste different in Hong kong because Hongkies love it so much.
Andrew Zimmern feedback on Stinky Tofu
I’ve tasted Salmiakki before and one bite you could just puke it out. Same as what western who don’t prefer durian taste. And before they puke it out, we all have the same reaction, OH NOooooooo.. look right, look left, and what should i do….
And how do we Asian reacted when we taste Salmiakki
If you happen to come across other strange food that you can’t put into your mouth, do share with us.