Skip to comments.World’s stinkiest fruit causes flight delay
Posted on 11/07/2018 8:15:08 AM PST by DFG
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Yeah, that’s an unfortunate parallel.
Hocking, as in ‘hocking your wares’. It’s what they call them.
I was carrying some in a plastic shopping bag down to a boat pier. I was careful to hold it out away from me. Slipped up, it brushed my calf. Three really nice racing stripes - bleeding like a stuck pig.
It is said the trees in the wild are protected by tigers, who like to eat the fruit as it drops. I don’t know how much truth there is to that.
They are sharp though.
Once visiting a factory near Ipoh, Malaysia I was with one American (our factory manager) and two Malaysian employees driving back from lunch and we spotted a flat bed truck selling fresh durian by the roadside. The Malaysian guys asked if I'd ever tried it and I said no but that I had heard about it for years. So we stopped, my American colleague made sure to go about 30 yards upwind from the truck, they cut one open and extracted a gooey chunk for me to taste. "Hmmm, not bad". They chuckled and asked if I wanted another and I did. They seemed dumbfounded that I didn't puke. Flavor was super sweet and rich but didn't revolt me at all.
A couple weeks later I was back in the office and a production guy who'd been to the Malaysian plant came in and said "We heard you tried durian ... and that you ate two pieces". "Yep, it wasn't bad. A bit too sweet for my taste. But not bad." He just shook his head and walked out. Apparently it was a running joke, when the fruit was in season, for Malays to take visiting Americans out to taste durian. I think I disappointed them when they tried it on me.
Spent 30 years overseas in the oil business. You think that is getting out enough? Yes, I have bee in a Holiday Inn a few times, also. And I have eaten lots and lots of durian during my time overseas and continue doing it right here in Houston.
Have you ever been on a road trip in a van full of durian?
Two of my wife’s sister’s took some durian into their motel and put the waste into the hall garbage chute.
Someone called in a gas leak based on the odor and the motel was evacuated.
I’ve done so a few times, but you’re right, their safety records are terrible.
“Hawker,” not, “hocker.”
...and I happen now to love super-ripe Durian, but I certainly didn’t the first time I ate it decades ago...
It is a small Vietnamese restaurant on Bellaire Blvd.
No, it’s inside the Hong Kong supermarket building.
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