Weirdest Birthday Present Ever

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.

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42 responses to “Weirdest Birthday Present Ever

  1. That’s so cool. Even if you didn’t like it. I do think freezing could have played a part in that—I’ve never found frozen durian in any form that was the least bit appealing to me. But then, I’m not a huge durian fan. The best durian in my experience was perfectly fresh, with breakfast on a Malaysian beach.

  2. Subi

    Ooh! Durian! My all time favorite fruit next to mangoes. I’m sure something must have been wrong with that particualr fruit. I have eaten frozen durian before (packed in containers), although they were not as perfect as the fresh ones, they were not that bad.

    One reason, I would like to visit Sri Lanka for all the fruits, especially durian and mangosteins!

  3. I found your blog after googling Moroccan Chicken. 🙂 (I used a CREDITED version of your recipe at my food blog – chowreview.blogspot.com. Yours was the most similar one I could find to a recipe a friend had prepared for me, with preserved lemons and olives.)

    Durian is one of my husband’s guilty pleasures…and I have to admit, the frozen ones here in the states are NOTHING like the fresh ones from Asia! I could stomach a pod or two of the fresh Durians. Back in the US, I can’t take more than a bite of two – the freezing throws the texture way, way off and seems to rob much of the flavor as well! Sad, sad, sad.

    Happy birthday, though. 🙂

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  5. Thats too funny. Hey, I do not even think I know what that fruit is :)…

  6. Mac Steves

    Aaaaaah! You killed it! The durian actually has seams in the shell that allow you to extract the pudding-like fruit intact in little sacs surrounding the seeds. Sorry to say, I think this specimen was a bit past its prime. The pulp of the shell definitely should be completely white and the seeds shouldn’t have a bit of brown within. Did Anthony tell you how much it cost? (If not, you probably shouldn’t ask!) \^_^/

  7. visitor

    that’s the wrong way to open a durian.. and that looks bad.. the durian is either too ripe or unripe..

    come to singapore if you want to taste a good one

  8. hey, you don’t open a durian like that.. it has seams like what steve said and you pry it open. I practically laughed out loud at that picture.


    check it out on youtube.

  9. AnTzX

    u got it all wrong…. tis shldnt be the way u open the fruit……. 😦

  10. vistor1

    thats the wrong way man! the correct way is chop into the shell n twist the knife. then pry open with ur hands exposing the soft oval flesh. still , i admire you. u mus have spent ages trying to cut this durian into half. lol

  11. spice

    LOL!! You chopped it? There is a small slit in the huge fruit. You gotta find it first. Then open it up.

  12. NN

    omg, you so cute!

    LOL, you cut the durian like a papaya….

  13. Visitor 2

    OMG … this is not the way to open a durian….
    lol ……..

    AMAZING !!! you actually chopped into 2…
    Well done ! Must had taken you alot of time and effort…

  14. So.. i guess you made good use of the lightsaber i gave you last xmas.

    PS: Perfect Cut

  15. wad a tard

    lol slice down the middle. wad a tard.

  16. Wow

    I’ve eaten durians my whole life and I’ve never seen a durian cut open that way.

  17. It looks weird after you cut. But sure it taste as great as it is!

    Cept maybe you all hate it.

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  20. Gosh! You should have cut it down the middle… this is the first time I have seen a durian chopped this way. 🙂

  21. Vernon

    Malaysian durians are great, but not for breakfast.

  22. LOL

    YOU MADE MY DAY
    LOL

  23. PostCountWarrior[+1]

    Epic Phail

    +1

  24. PrussHuan

    LOL @ slicing durian.

    pruss huan

  25. chingapore

    well done, you made the whole of south east asia laugh at you.

  26. ZOMGWTFBBQ

    Epic phailure. you SLICED the durian. =O

  27. poppyr

    hey babe,

    sorry about the rude comments some of my fellow southeast asians have left you. after all, how were you to know the proper way of opening a durian?

    that said, your picture will now undoubtedly become legend here! indeed, looking at that picture still makes me dissolve into tears of laughter.

    if you ever swing by singapore, malaysia or thailand (possibly hong kong too), do try some durians, opened properly for you by a fruitseller. you might be won over this time around =)

  28. Ha this made my day! I have no idea how you managed to cut it that way, you have really strong arms.

  29. Ananthi

    That’s one hell of a strong knife and strength u have. I am saving this rare pic. 😀

  30. KengJin

    Well, this is a damn good joke? How the hell did you manage to cut it so nicely? You can open it without a knife if you know how to….. GOOD JOB!!!!

  31. Great job on cutting the durian that way! FTW 🙂

  32. wafer

    Oh Mine..did the durian suffers any pain the way you open it. It must have been groaning and begging you during your slicing and chopping. Poor poor durian. I am sorry you have suffered so much…LOL

  33. my favorite birthday present is always stuff toy, i always give cute stuff toys to anyone i know that celebrates his/her birthd.

  34. moshi_hemoh

    LOL..you’re failed to cut the durian…

  35. sophie

    My first impression of your durian pic was, “How in the world did someone managed that!?” LOL

    Unfortunately, I think the durian you got is spoilt.. which is too bad, cuz good frozen durians can be a treat! ^^

  36. Hi i was browsing through the word ‘durian’ for my assignment and i came across your blog. LOL funny way you cut ur durian, must have use a lot of energy on it.
    Anyway if you wan to have good durians, come along Penang island in Malaysia, you’l get the best =)

  37. JG

    LOL!!!!!!!! This is just so hilarious!
    I hope you didn’t cut it like you cut watermelon after that.
    Amen to the poor durian.

  38. Problem with all fruit is if it is overripe, quickened riped, not ripe enough then they are not delicious.

    Certain trees yield better durians (>O_o)>
    Best is still chilled and eaten in malaysia, thailand and etc.~

    Despite the awesome global oil transport market. But they always cut it too early for international market and quicken ripe under certain gasses/atmospheres~

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