Despite what many Malaysians may think, not everybody likes durian.
The strong, pungent smell of the durian, aka the king of fruits, is unbearable to many people – it is even banned from being brought onto public transportation and into some hotels.
In a video created by the HiHo Kids YouTube channel in July, some cute American kids were given the chance to try out exotic fruits like the dragon fruit (or pitaya), mangosteen, rambutan, the kiwano (African cucumber) and the dreaded durian.
You can just imagine the kids’ reactions when the durian is placed in front of them; and the faces they pull when they eat a mouthful (some with a fork)!
Crystal, who is Filipino, is the only one who could tolerate the smell. However, she also says that the fruit looks “like it’s a dead animal”.
Clara, who usually likes the “weird stuff” the HiHo kids eat in the video series, asked if she could bring the dragon fruit and kiwano back home with her. She did not want the durian.
Maddox says the mangosteen sections look like bananas…
Watch the video below to see what everyone thinks of the fruits.
(Do some of the kids look familiar? They’re the same ones who tried out Malaysian and Singaporean snacks earlier this year!)