Singapore Expats Forum

gas or durian?

Discuss about the latest news & interesting topics, real life experience or other out of topic discussions with locals & expatriates in Singapore.

User avatar
x9200
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 9320
Joined: Mon, 07 Sep 2009
Location: Singapore

Postby x9200 » Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:58 am

PrimroseHill wrote:A few years ago, came through Heathrow with a reasonably big tupperware stuffed with durian. I had frozen it, cling flimed it with several layers, masking taped it several layers, covered it with newspapers several layers of it lastly stuffed it into DD's puffer jacket from Pradamark (aka Primark)...

I did the same (bought a large plastic container for it) and actually got the customs checking my luggage. I believe it was a random check but they were more interested in electronics than this large package. It smelled like hell. I guess they have people with dirty, stinking underwear stuffed inside the luggage on daily bases so nobody even bothered me with questioning.

User avatar
JR8
Immortal
Immortal
Posts: 16514
Joined: Wed, 24 Mar 2010
Location: K. Puki Manis

Postby JR8 » Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:22 am

PrimroseHill wrote:Harrods used to stock Msian durians, chinatown only stock Thai ones. Not the same lah. And the price :o


Wah so 'Thai-thai' what! ;)

That's interesting, I didn't know there were differences due to country of origin, but thinking about it, can see how that might be.

User avatar
sundaymorningstaple
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 35179
Joined: Thu, 11 Nov 2004
Location: Still Fishing!
Contact:

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:45 am

Malaysian one have a very strong aroma but supposedly much better tasting, while Thai ones tend to not smell quite as strong, but are a lower grade of Durian, or so I've been told, anyway. Supposedly they don't taste as good. I've tried both and don't like any of them.

bgd
Editor
Editor
Posts: 1395
Joined: Wed, 25 Jul 2007

Postby bgd » Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:13 pm

Mi Amigo wrote:Interesting, but it's definitely not a durian smell we get at the condo entrance, but one that's a dead-ringer for UK natural gas. It could be a Rafflesia plant or something similar.


It might be gas :wink:

User avatar
Mi Amigo
Manager
Manager
Posts: 1791
Joined: Sat, 19 Jun 2004
Location: Kinto Pino

Postby Mi Amigo » Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:13 pm

JR8 wrote:
Mi Amigo wrote:... a smell very similar to the natural gas used in the UK for heating and cooking. (I know, the gas itself doesn't smell, so they add something to it so that you can more easily detect it when there's a leak).


Didn't this happen in c.1970s? Mains gas, for cooking was odourless. So if you left an unlit hob on you risked suffocation and/or blowing your house up, so they added an odour to it.

The old town gas (made from coal at the gasworks) did, I believe, have an odour of sorts (but maybe they also added some more pong for safety reasons). Then we switched over to 'North Sea Gas' (as we used to all it) in the 70s, which is (AFAIK) basically methane and therefore odourless; hence the addition of an 'odorant':

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_gas#Use
Be careful what you wish for

User avatar
Mi Amigo
Manager
Manager
Posts: 1791
Joined: Sat, 19 Jun 2004
Location: Kinto Pino

Postby Mi Amigo » Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:32 pm

bgd wrote:
Mi Amigo wrote:Interesting, but it's definitely not a durian smell we get at the condo entrance, but one that's a dead-ringer for UK natural gas. It could be a Rafflesia plant or something similar.


It might be gas :wink:

Yeah, that's what I kept thinking. So I did a sniff test to make sure it wasn't. After smelling the 'UK gas flavour' downstairs I then sampled the bouquet of the (unlit) town gas coming from our kitchen hob. The latter is different, smelling more like the bottled gas we used to use on camping holidays. So hopefully I can sleep safely at night. :cool:
Be careful what you wish for

BedokAmerican
Chatter
Chatter
Posts: 436
Joined: Tue, 15 Jan 2013

Postby BedokAmerican » Thu, 24 Oct 2013 4:00 pm

When I first smelled durian, I was at Giant and the smell reminded me of produce that had been left out too long and was in the process of starting to decompose. It didn't smell rotten, more like pre-rotten....if that makes sense.

User avatar
durain
Director
Director
Posts: 3666
Joined: Thu, 23 Aug 2007
Location: Location: Location: Location:

Postby durain » Thu, 24 Oct 2013 7:42 pm

is there no way to "seal" durian smell? air tight container? vacuum pack? coffee beans?

User avatar
JR8
Immortal
Immortal
Posts: 16514
Joined: Wed, 24 Mar 2010
Location: K. Puki Manis

Postby JR8 » Thu, 24 Oct 2013 7:49 pm

Mi Amigo wrote:The latter is different, smelling more like the bottled gas we used to use on camping holidays.



Ooh, you're making me nostalgic for Calor Gas in the big blue bottles, and camping holidays in Brittany :)

p.s. Seems amusing now the in-camp social pecking order was decided by the scale of family tent, and whether you had an 'extension' out front which was frightfully posh.


  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “General Discussions”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests