The World’s Smelliest Fruit

The World’s Smelliest Fruit

Benjamin Lindsay, Writer

The food of durian is deemed the world’s smelliest fruit. It is traditional in the country thailand. It is most commonly eaten in winter because it is the season that it ripen. It is usually eaten by itself but I am going to teach you how to eat it with rice. 

It’s a 4 out 5 stars for me mostly because I love its ice-cream taste. It also tastes like cream or yogurt. However it has a custard taste and I hate custard. It’s not horrible but its not super awesome either.

It’s really just a sharp jackfruit. You can also put gravy and Ice cream on the side however this is optional. And a few warnings it is banned in most enclosed public spaces, and mentioned beforehand it stinks, it smells like rotten meat and when ripe vomit. 

You can make durian with rice and coconut milk by using this recipe.



  • Frozen durian 
  • 1 cup Thai white glutinous
  • ⅔ cup coconut milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup of sugar 

For Durian broth  


  • 1 ½ cup coconut milk
  • 50g – 75g palm sugar (see note)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4-6 pc durian
  • Note:  Start with 50g and taste and adjust from there. If your durian is quite sweet, the broth doesn’t need to be that sweet. 


For the sticky rice: 

Wash the rice by vigorously swishing the rice in a bowl of cold water about 5 times or until the water runs clear. Let soak in water for at least 4 hours or overnight. Drain the rice very well and steam the rice for 20-25 minutes.

While the rice is cooking, make the coconut syrup to macerate the rice by combining the coconut milk, sugar, and salt in a small pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, just until the sugar is dissolved. If the coconut milk is done before the rice is done, keep covered so it stays warm.

When the rice is done, transfer it into a bowl and immediately pour the syrup over the rice. Stir and break up any lumps, then cover the bowl. Let it sit and absorb the liquid for at least 40 minutes (longer is better), but after 20 minutes fold the rice to bring the bottom up to the top so the syrup is better distributed. Keep covered at room temp until ready to serve.

For the Durian Broth:

Combine the coconut milk, sugar and salt in a small pot. Cook the syrup over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved, and the coconut milk comes to a boil. Turn off the heat then add chunks of durian meat into the hot syrup and let it sit and infuse, covered, for another 20 minutes or so before serving.

Note: Some people like to simmer the durian in the coconut broth, and it is an option for you, but I prefer the “steeping” method because I like my durian chunks to remain fresh and intact. However, If you want to be able to keep the durian broth for a while, bring the broth to a brief simmer after adding the durian. This will kill off all the bugs and you will be able to keep it longer. This is not necessary if you’re going to eat it within a few days.