Durian in Winter

Durian in Winter? Who knew!

Very pleased to announce a new feature on the Couchsurfing Cook. It’s called The Daily Discovery.

Every day — or as often as I can — I’ll post a photo and tagline chronicling my adventures finding fun and funky food in New York City.

Today’s DD: Durian in Chinatown. In 1856, British naturalist Alfred Russell White described the durian as “A rich custard highly flavoured with almonds gives the best general idea of it, but there are occasional wafts of flavour that call to mind cream-cheese, onion-sauce, sherry-wine, and other incongruous dishes….It is neither acid nor sweet nor juicy; yet it wants neither of these qualities, for it is in itself perfect.”

It’s one of those love ’em or hate ’em foods that are worth trying at least ONCE before you die. Notice how the guy serves it: Cut crescent shape slices from the top, then scoop out a log of pale, yellow flesh. Spoon up and enjoy!

Leave a comment if you can think of other foods that may smell odd but taste great!

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