If you are a durian lover, chances are you probably tried experimenting with different flavours to keep your taste buds excited.
However, there are some combinations you should AVOID at all costs because not only do they worsen the durian dining experience, but they could also be detrimental to your health.
Before we dive into the worst durian combinations, let’s take a deeper look at one distinct scientific feature of durian – the ‘heat’ element.
What are ‘Heaty’ Foods?
Before we unveil the worst durian combinations, we’ll first need to explain the concept of ‘heaty’ foods.
“Ah boy ah, don’t eat too many chocolates. It’s heaty, and you’ll get a sore throat!”
“Eat so much potato chips! Later confirm get sore throat so must drink 涼茶 (liáng chá, Chinese herb tea)!”
Our parents probably nagged at us a lot about overindulging in ‘heaty’ foods like chocolate, potato chips and fries when we were younger. But the term ‘heaty’ isn’t exactly a widely-used scientific term. So what exactly are ‘heaty’ foods?
Heaty foods refer to consumables that can raise body temperature, promote blood circulation, and stimulate your body. If you happen to consume an excessive amount of heaty food, it can tip your body’s balance, and you could end up with a sore throat or a dry cough.
Chinese medical experts believe that the ‘heat’ in the body must be balanced with ‘cooling’ foods – that’s why cooling tea is a widely used remedy for sore throats & dry coughs in traditional Chinese medicine.
Durian is one example of heaty foods, so if you eat them with other heaty foods, you could risk falling ill.
Without further ado, here are 4 durian combinations you should avoid at all costs.
1. Durian and Beer
Combining durian with beer can give you a sore throat if you overindulge in this combination without hydrating. Some studies suggest that the combination is a fatal one. It would be best if you never ate durian while drinking beer.
It also applies to any other alcoholic beverages. Durian has high sulfur content, making the alcohol stay in your system for a longer time. It can also react differently depending on the alcohol level of what you’re drinking.
So, if you eat durian, stay away from beer or any alcoholic drinks.
2. Durian and Red Meat
Like beer, red meat like beef, mutton and venison is also considered heaty food, and you should avoid eating durian with red meat. It will add more heat to your body, and you could get sick.
Since they are both under the heaty foods category, never combine them if you don’t want to get ill. It can cause some issues with your body, so it’s better to avoid this combination.
You can just wait for a few hours for the red meat to digest before eating durian if you’re craving it.
3. Durian and Milk
Milk causes mucus and phlegm build-up in the throat. If you combine milk with durian, it could give you a sore throat and clogged nose.
If you want to eat and enjoy durian, it’s better to eat it independently. Quench your thirst with a glass of water instead of milk.
4. Durian and Citrus Fruits
It’s a bad combination because of the distinct differences in flavour. Citrus fruits are more acidic and, most of the time, sour. It could ruin the palate when eating them together with durians. That will no longer be an enjoyable treat if you eat them together since their taste doesn’t compliment one another.
If you want to add some fruits with durian, you can pair them with some tropical fruits such as mangoes or mangosteen. That’s a safe combination since it won’t overpower the taste of durian and vice versa. But avoid eating it with citrus fruits at all costs if you want to enjoy your daily dose of durian.