Ever walk past Chinatown and smell an odor so funky that it's almost intriguing? Your nose has probably spotted Durian, the good old Asian fruit. With the ongoing World Durian Festival in Chanthaburi, Thailand, there is no better way to celebrate the world's stinkiest fruit than by indulging in these "odor-friendly" treats right in New York City's Chinatown. For those of you who aren't daring enough to take on durian au naturel, here are our picks for alternatives - it's all about baby steps, right? Check out these spots to test the waters of this strangely addicting fruit:
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
Need a refreshing way to survive the summer heat? Ice cream is always the right answer. Cool down and be adventurous by adding a durian twist to the cold comfort dessert. Located right off Mott Street, this famous ice cream joint has your cold sweet tooth cravings and curious taste buds covered.
65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013
Jing Fong Dim Sum Restaurant
Do brunch right with some dim sum. For a true Cantonese experience with dim sum rolled around on carts, we love heading to Jing Fong Dim Sum Restaurant. Make sure to save room in your stomach for their Durian Pastry Puffs, the perfect "hot" substitute if you're not in the mood for ice cream!
20 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013
Thanh Hoai 1
Walking around Chinatown, you'll see countless numbers of shops selling bubble tea - there's practically one on every corner! Instead of going for your typical Earl Grey Milk Tea, step outside of your comfort zone and head to Thanh Hoai 1, a Vietnamese restaurant, for a glass of their Durian Bubble Tea.
73 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013
Beautiful Memory Desserts
In Asia, summertime rings in shaved ice season. Your mouth will salivate over the refreshing crunchy ice sweetened with condensed milk and topped with red beans and an assortment of fruits. Be gutsy and check out Beautiful Memory Desserts to top off your ice mountain with durian-flavored ice cream.
69 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013
New York Mart
Want a way to satisfy your daily durian cravings? For you daredevils, stop by New York Mart, or any other local Chinese market, and pick up a pack of these wafers. Filled with Durian Cream, these bites are perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up. Beware: the strong smell might scare away your colleagues!
128 Mott St, New York, NY 10013