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.
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.
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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