I considered talking about this product through the use of the “tasting Notes” category that I had created, but honestly, I picked this package of cookies up on a whim while in Uwajimaya, a local grocery store here in the Pacific Northwest with a East Asian focus.
I thoroughly enjoy walking through the aisles of Uwajimaya, particularly through the candy and cookie sections, but it allows me a small peek into some of the food product of Japan or Korea. A durian flavored wafer cookie is something that seemed to me an amalgam of an American Product (the wafer cookie) mixed with an uniquely Asian flavor (the Durian).
For those of you going “What the hells a ‘Durian’?”, in it’s simplest definition, it is a fruit grown in Thailand and South Vietnam and other areas in the tropical regions of Southeast Asia. However, the durian is noted because it’s scent has, shall we say, a bit of a kick to it.
Or, as Richard Sterling, said in The Travelling Curmudgeon, says: “… its odor is best described as pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock.”
The fruit is also referred to as “Stinkfruit” for the reasons that Mr. Sterling so eloquently described.
Which is why it was so surprising to see the fruit flavor mixed with a cookie…a style of cookie, I should add, that I rather enjoy.
Without going into to much detail, let me say that the cookies did indeed smell as if a pack of rodents, who have subsisted on nothing but a diet of cabbage and fava beans, had passed wind repeatedly upon the cookies. For people who are looking for a hint of cocoa, or even a bit of tropical fruit aroma, this comes as a bit of a shock.
I ate one cookie, and only one. I then threw the rest of the pack away immediately. Not because the flavor was horrible. Rather, the cookies were because they were excessively dry. Oh well.