(The following conversation took place in Chinese. This translation conveniently glosses over the grammatical mistakes I probably made.)
Sarah picks up a sizable durian at our local fruit stand to check it out.
Fruit Lady: You guys like durian? You think it’s good?
Me: We like it. It’s really good! You don’t like it?
Fruit Lady: No, I don’t. It’s too smelly.
Me: How much is it?
Fruit Lady: 9 yuan for 1 jin (half a kilogram).
Me: Her (Sarah’s) father is from Malaysia. Malaysia has a lot of durian.
Fruit Lady: How much do they cost in Malaysia?
Me: I don’t know, but they’re a little cheaper. How much is this one?
(Fruit lady weighs it.)
Fruit Lady’s daughter: 65 yuan.
Me: Too expensive.
Fruit Lady: Yeah, it’s too big.
Other fruit-stand customer: What’s that — durian? It’s delicious.
Fruit Lady: You want it?
Other fruit-stand customer: I’ll take it.
ALSO, recently we had a Durian Chicken Soup at the new Banana Leaf restaurant in Shaoxing. (Banana Leaf is chain of Southeast Asian restaurants in China.) It was totally awesome.
Any time you order durian anything, people stop you to make sure you know what durian is and what it smells like. We say bring it on. Further durian updates as necessary.