How Much Durian Can You Eat?

I could smell durian coming from all directions.

Several trucks were selling durian out of the back, whole or already prepared.

Chiang Mai folks must truly love their durian.


But the pinnacle was an all-you-can-eat durian buffet.

I stopped in to observe the magic.

First, I had to touch the fruit. To my surprise, the spikes are extremely sharp. What a dangerous fruit.

It is defending itself in two ways – it’s stench and it’s ability to cause physical harm. I wonder how someone ever thought to find out what it tasted like.

The cost of the durian buffet is 399 Baht. When you order, the staff don a thick gardening glove and get to work opening the potential weapon with a large knife.

They cut and pry open the shell to scoop out the soft yellow flesh. Then they serve it to you on a styrofoam dish and give you plastic gloves – so your hands don’t smell like durian for the rest of the day.

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I tried durian once, but not really by choice.

I was separated from my friends in the outdoor mall, and when I found them again they were munching on durian. They handed me the plastic glove and told me to taste it.

Here it comes, my first time tasting fresh durian.

I took a small bite, and I have to say it tasted… weird. I wouldn’t say it was terribly bad, but not terribly delicious either. A hint of sweet and onion. Good or bad, the taste was quite strong. Durian is not a mild fruit.

Anyway, it was enough for me. If I really ate a lot of durian, I think it would make me feel sick.

Apparently, eating a lot of durian makes you feel hot. Does that mean it’s poisonous? You can even die from eating too much durian and the wrong food combinations. Yeesh.

There were also pineapples, bananas, mangos, and rambutan, incase you needed something actually good to wash down the weird taste of durian.

I left my friends to enjoy their stinky fruit and went back to the hotel to eat chocolate.

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About the durian buffet

The durian buffet is at the Rin Kham intersection, across from the Maya shopping centre. It is 399 Baht for the durian buffet. It is inside, but there is also a small outdoor area. Though I’m not 100% if the outdoor area was part of the durian buffet, or a separate place to order and eat durian.

So? How much durian can you eat in one sitting? Let me know in the comments below. I can eat one whole bite.

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  1. If ever you decide to try it. Do get the best quality ones especially for your first bite and ask the ‘uncle’ if they have one that’s cold. Good luck! 🙂

  2. Hahaha I loved this post. I can eat 1 whole too 🙂 I moved to Singapore almost 20 years year ago and I regret only really eating it last year. Many many years ago, I had my first bite and, like many, I hated it. Last year my husband, who is a durian lover, froze one small piece for me to try. And trust me, it wasn’t like the first time I tasted it. It was like ice cream. And if you disregard the smell, my gosh, it’s creamy, it’s bitter, it’s sweet, it melts in the mouth. 🙂

    • I agree, it was creamy and melty. On this trip I got an ice cream from a street vendor. I was told it was coconut, but when I looked into the bin there was a white half and a beige half. It seemed strange that coconut ice cream would be beige. As I was eating it, it didn’t taste like coconut, but I couldn’t tell what it was. A while after I finished, it came to me. It was durian flavour! Not sure how you can disregard the smell…

  3. Just like how some people can’t handle spicy food, many people can’t handle durians. They say you either love it or hate it. I don’t think that’s true – I’ve been eating it since I was a little girl, and I’m decidedly lukewarm on it. I’ll eat it if someone buys it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it. Anyway, well done you for trying it!

  4. Wow – durian buffet?! Such a place exists?! That is amazing and hilarious at the same time. I’ve been so intrigued to smell and taste durian….for some reason I never did while I was in Asia! Next trip I am trying it 🙂

      • Yes, I will definitely try it next time I get the chance. I’m just so curious what it smells/tastes like lol

  5. The best durians have a taste and texture described as similar to caramel custard. And for durian lovers we can eat a whole durian at 1 sitting. Anyway it’s best to cut down on durians as they are somewhat high in carbo content. We will make an Asian out of you yet. ?

  6. We can eat many, many Durian in one sitting. 🙂 Once you’ve gone past the smell, it is just so custardy and tasty. An acquired taste for sure. Thanks for sharing your pics and the location of the Durian buffet!

  7. We are off to Singapore soon and have been tossing up whether or not to try some Durian……I’m scared the smell will put me off completely. I’m with you Jennifer. I would rather eat some chocolate 🙂

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