Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Durian Candy At Super Grand: Sweet And Souring
Not a subjective hint like "I don't like this." But the objective smell of rotting, a slightly acrid taste that fades quickly into a sweet flavor similar to banana or custard. But never losing the acrid note entirely.
Durians are an Asian fruit whose flavors create millions of impassioned eaters. But those same flavors -- and more, the accompanying smell -- have caused durians to be banned from some hotels and public transportation.
I once watched two men meet each other over durian in the H Mart. One Indian, one maybe Filipino. One of the guys had discovered the frozen durians by chance. His excitement -- maybe it was his first durian since he had immigrated -- had broken the normal stranger shell, and they were bonding over their infatuation. They regaled each other with stories of durians until they realized that they were blocking an entire aisle.
The durian candies from the Super Grand in Laurel are your gateway drug to exotic fruit. Individually-wrapped candies with the consistently just a bit stiffer than salt-water taffy. That first taste almost seems wrong, but it melts into a sweeter, smoother flavor. Not as universally delicious as jackfruit, but it's certainly worth a few bucks and an experiment.