Durian is probably the most feared of all fruits. Because of the smell it’s not allowed in most subways or hotels. There are many ways to describe it, but it certainly doesn’t smell like anything you would want to eat at first. Some of the best descriptions are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durian#Flavour_and_odour
Besides hearing about the legendary smell on TV, my first experience was on my first day in Thailand with Durian chips. I think it was good to work up to it before eating the fresh fruit. The chips actually didn’t smell like anything, were pretty good. They tasted like a mix between potato chips and banana chips. Even if you don’t like durian, these chips are pretty good.
After a few days I had walked past enough durian stands on the street to know what it smells like. It’s really a unique smell, so I think it’s hard to describe. It was not as bad as I imagined though from what I’d heard. It’s certainly not as strong and nothing like Chinese stinky tofu (臭豆腐).
So last night I went for the real deal. Not so bad. Not totally offensive. I can’t say I love it or even like it, but I’m eating the rest as I write this post. So maybe, just maybe I kindof like it. It’s really indescribable, but the best way I can describe the taste and texture is like soft onion cream cheese. Sure, it’s weird for a fruit, but I happen to like onion cream cheese.
I guess Wallace puts it best as the more you eat, the less you are inclined to stop. It seems less strange with each bite.