Don’t miss the King while you’re in Medan

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Who’s the King?

I don’t mean the royal. I mean the King of fruit, Durian.

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The King of Medan; Durian Medan

I know that Durian is an acquired taste. Even the mighty Andrew Zimmern felt weak in the knee facing this amazing fruit. But if never tried it, how you know you don’t like it? Don’t judge food from it smell. Hey, if this javanese girl can take the smell of blue cheese and grew to like it, you can do the same with Durian.

Durian Medan will not be the same like those jumbo fruit on steroid stuff you might find at Singapore or Bangkok. Most of Durian Medan came from the forest, or forest like farm. It flesh won’t be as thick as Singaporean or Bangkok’s but the taste ….oooh…. so good. It got more depth, layers of different sweetness and texture.

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These ones were on the bittery sweet side because it contain more alcohol in the fruit.

The most famous durian eating joint in Medan will be Ucok Durian. I personally won’t recommend this place for you if you came alone without the locals, because they unfortunately less friendly. I prefer to look for other Durian joints, that you can see a mountain pile of durians but less customer.

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If you saw a huge pile like this, that means you have lots of option to choose from. So anywhere in Medan with mountains of thorny balls, you’ll be fine.

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These were my favorite, so buttery with mild sweetness.

Why is that? Because most of Durian Medan are great, you won’t be difficult to eat deliciously. But you can have more attentive vendors that spent time to explain things for you, ask your preference of the fruit (mild sweet, very sweet or bitter sweet), provide you with water to wash your hands and other tiny extra services that you most likely won’t get it at the popular joint. Besides, you will be eating it on the spot. If the vendors gave you the bad fruit, ask them to replace that for you. Or if you don’t like the taste, not to your preference, ask them to replace it. Remember, only pay for the fruits you agreed on and eating. Don’t pay for the bad stuff. Whenever I come to Medan, I just stop by to any Durian joint crack one or two for my self, and I never disappointed.

Dude, please try some when you come to Medan. If you like it, that’s great! You’ve experienced one of the most intoxicating beauty of fruits in the world from my perspective. But if you didn’t like it, well at least you know for sure.

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My mom just can’t wait me to take more pictures.

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Oooh, she’s loving it. Don’t worry about funny face or a bit mess, every good food always like that.

romantisme durian si Casanova dunia boga

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Dia dicinta, dia dibenci. Bak sang Casanova, durian memiliki pecinta sejati yang rela mengeluarkan uang atau menjelajahi bumi demi menemukan kualitas terbaik.

Bagi pecintanya, durian adalah laksana pasangan jiwa. Setiap butirnya dihargai, dicicipi dengan penuh cinta.

Aroma surgawinya menjanjikan kenikmatan paket didalamnya. Walaupun kriteria durian yang sempura berbeda-beda bagi setiap orang.

Ada yang suka warna kuning tua hingga putih pucat (walau ada juga yang merah).

Ada yang menyukai daging buah yang tebal dan renyah seperti durian monthong yang mengkal. Adapula suka kelembutan daging buah yang tebal bagai mentega. Bahkan daging yang tipis sedikit berair pun memiliki penggemarnya sendiri.

Namun kualitas utama yang paling dicari para penggilanya adalah rasa manis memabukkan saat papil perasa di lidah tertutupi oleh lapisan lembut esens durian. Bagi penggemar yang “hard core”, mereka menyukai kadar alkohol yang tinggi dari durian yang sedikit kelewat matang.

Durian lokal Indonesia seperti durian medan, parung atau yang dipetik dari hutan memiliki rasa original otentik. Daging buahnya memang tidak setebal durian bangkok atau monthong, tetapi sensasi manis memabukkan tadi jauh lebih memuaskan.

Indonesia memiliki masyarakat mayoritas penyuka durian. Banyak produk dibuat untuk mempreservasi aroma dan rasa durian. Dodol durian atau Lempok durian, tempoyak, es krim durian, es putar durian, aneka es cendol atau es campur durian, keripik sanjay berbalut durian pedas, sirup durian, martabak manis durian dan lain-lain.

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Namun bagi pembencinya, durian bagai kryptonite bagi superman. Andrew Zimmern bintang acara Bizzare Food di TLC sudah merasakan berbagai makanan aneh yang ada di muka bumi. Durian adalah satu-satunya yang tidak bisa ditolerirnya.

Perpaduan bawang merah busuk, keju dan kadaver (jenazah) adalah penggambaran aroma durian dari kelompok oposisi. Konsistensi daging buah yang mirip custard atau digambarkan seperti lendir menambah tidak nyaman bagi yang pertama kali mencoba.

Saya jelas ada di kelompok pecinta sang Casanova. Bagi saya durian adalah benar-benar buah surgawi. Di lain pihak suami termasuk kelompok oposisi yang tidak menyukai durian, walau tidak membencinya.

Yang pasti, tidak ada buah dengan konstroversi begitu besarnya sehingga nyaris romantis dari si bundar berduri, Durian.