Durian Essence: The Smallest, Stinkiest Bottle Ever

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This weekend my husband and I had a chance to swing by our local Asian market. We were pleasantly surprised to see that they had recently undergone a makeover and were now able to carry new products that we hadn’t had local access to before — including the smallest, stinkiest bottle ever to grace our pantry!

At just a little more than a dollar, I knew this bottle had to come home with me, although I won’t lie — I was really nervous about it having safe travel home. My husband was so nervous in fact that it was wrapped in two bags, a shirt and placed in a box in the back of our car to ensure no stink would leak out if the bottle spilled, broke or just imploded from the large amount of funk held within.

We’ve talked about Durian before and it’s one of those things that people love or hate, there is no in between. So what use would we have with a substance regarded as foul and smelling like a garlic covered gym sock (amongst other more colorful descriptions we could use)? First off… ice cream. Although this substance should be used sparingly, it’s flavor is rather unique and creates dishes with specific flavor that can’t be achieved otherwise.

Ice cream might be first, but a little coconut sticky rice with a bit added in could be nice or even homemade noodle with a little in the mix! My husband is still voting for it to go straight to the trash can, do not pass go, do not collect $200 — but I’m just too intrigued!

What would you do with this small stinky bottle? Use it, trash it or run far, far away from it — share your thoughts below!