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How foreigners cut their durians

How foreigners cut their durians
Song boh?

Song boh?

It takes skills and a lot of effort to saw open a durian this way! Well done. I am wondering how they manage to eat it with the durian seeds halved.

Via The Rice and Spice Cupboard:

I got a durian for my birthday. How weird is my life?

I have fond memories of this infamously stinky fruit. It’s a favorite of my mothers, and she will fight you for the last piece. It’s been years since I’ve had one, but thanks to the global food market, my friend Anthony delivered one, frozen, to my doorstep. I gathered a coalition of the brave and willing and sliced into it.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I like durians anymore. This specimen tasted like a rotten onion and I couldn’t take more than a few bites. Perhaps it was underripe–it didn’t have the custardy texture I remembered. Or maybe freezing doesn’t do the poor fruit any favors.

Still, how many people in this part of the world have the distinction of receiving a durian for their birthday? For the sheer surprise factor, you can’t beat that.

Judging from the picture and reading poor Tisha‘s account, I can safely conclude the durian was not ripe. It doesn’t help that she got the durian FROZEN with the shell intact – something unheard of in this part of the world. The way the fruit was cut probably contributed to the bad experience as well lah.

BTW, here’s a video of another Caucasian family eating durian by sawing it half in the middle:

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Seriously, is this method of cutting durians a norm in other parts of the world? The uncles at Geylang will be fuming mad if they see people take their durians and cut them this way.

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  1. rk


  2. DC

    Walau! Wasted!

  3. Frank Catania

    This is hilarious!

    But I give them full marks for trying durian even though it’s clear nobody who loves durian introduced them to the “King of Fruits.” I wish someone could show them how easily a durian splits open.

    That the boy loves it shows that even those who haven’t grown up with this delicacy can appreciate its unique taste and texture.

  4. Casie

    As a foreigner even I find the sight a durian cut like that bizarre to say the least. I do have to defend frozen durian though. Yes it’s no where near as good frozen as it is fresh but getting un-frozen durian shipped overseas is nearly impossible. Until someone starts a durian friendly air line frozen is the best most of us can find.

  5. xtrocious

    Apparently the Thais also cut their durians like that…



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