I’m sure we all have a bucket list — whether on paper or just in our heads — and it contains a variety of important items. (Actually, I hate the term “bucket list” but I use it for lack of another. It’s the “things to do before you kick it” list.)
I have several lists … one for travel, books to read, general life accomplishments. But I also have one for culinary adventures. Things I have to eat before I go.
The Durian apparently engenders quite strong reactions in people — the smell is so pungent that it’s banned in many places, and you can’t transport it on airplanes or subways, in any enclosed space.
The taste and texture are “acquired.” Its flesh is egg yolk-yellow with a custardish consistency. I’ve heard it tastes like anything from mushy, rotten onions to slightly sweet, smelly feet. Yum.
Tony described it as such: “Its taste can only be described as … indescribable, something you will either love or despise. Your breath will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother.” I love him.
I’m not always that culinarily adventurous, though I’ll try most things — excepting organs, organ byproducts and insects. I’m so curious about this Durian that I just have to have it … someday. Have you ever eaten a Durian? What did you think? I can’t believe I’ve never encountered one, but I probably haven’t been looking hard enough.
What’s on your culinary bucket list?