Beer and durian, a dangerous combination?

OK, I confess. I had a piece of durian and a sip of Tsingdao Beer tonight.

I like eating durian, even though it is expensive. Its smell is tempting and its flesh is more delicious than a delicate cake. In contrast, I am never a fan of alcohol and I even think I am allergic to it. It’s so hot today, and I decided to break my beer-fast and had some.

I drank a couple of sips of beer, and I had a piece of fair-sized durian. Thinking of how to finish the overwhelming remainder of the beer, naturally as a Chinese, I also became curious to learn if the durian and beer conflict in their food nature.

Real threat or toxiphobia

After searching the net, I did saw a few reports about the danger of eating durian with alcohol. For example, this durianvorous guy says:

I have been told by a number of people that beer can be fatal, if drunk within a few hours of eating durian. This is apparently on account of some fermentation process, which causes your bowels to explode. However, based on my own experiments, this rumor appears to be totally untrue.

So why do some people say the combination is fatal?

Because durian and alcohol are both believed to be very ‘hot’ in nature, and eating the two together will produce too much heat in the body:

Don’t have durian with alcohol. Both are hot and dry in their food nature, and if you eat them together, your blood vessel will be blocked and even explode. A stroke may also occur.

I also found some testimonials, as the one already quoted above, which say that it is absolutely ridiculous to believe that durian and beer can kill. Nothing happened, says the brave ones, after they took the two together.

How to enjoy the King of Fruit

Many durian lovers shared their experience about how to bring the best of durian.

  • A durian is as much nutritious as three chickens.
  • Cook durian with rice and some coconut milk.
  • Mix durian with sugar, milk and cream to make durian ice cream.
  • Stew durian with chicken to make some chicken soup. (I guess the soup should be called ‘Six-Chicken Soup’)

  • Put durian in the freezing compartment of the fridge. It tastes greatest when chilled. (This one is my favorite)
  • Eating durian with the Queen of Fruit — Mangosteen — to neutralize the heat of the King.

So how to pick a good durian

A good durian should look yellowish, bulging and spiky. It should also emit with a strong sweet scent. The following account seems more professional:

My parents like to smell the bottom of the stem. If it emits a strong smell, then it’s ready to consume. Some people prefer the tapping method. Hitting the fruit with a stick and hearing the appropriate slightly-hollow “thunk” sound. Of course, this is something you’d have to learn from a durian jedi.

My decision

I decide to stay on the safe side and stop drinking the rest of the beer. I don’t like drinking beer anyway. I’ll try some chilled-tea next time.

How people describe durian

It is of such an excellent taste that it surpasses in flavour all the other fruits of the world.

Durian’s taste divine! It’s soft and mushy and has a very unique taste that you can’t really describe. Kinda apple custard, kinda longan, kinda something else. It tastes very different when cold, defrosted or preserved.

The fruit is fucking horrible and the only thing that will kill you is the stench of public toilets that it produces…

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