Durian shells are known for their various uses, such as gargling saltwater after indulging in the King of Fruits.
However, a recent video by a Chinese vlogger has ignited a spirited debate among Malaysians as she attempts to imitate Malaysian durian-eating habits, intriguing and puzzling locals.
The vlogger, in a video shared on her Facebook page, documented her durian-eating experience in Penang. While she spent a considerable sum of RM204 on the fruit, it was her post-durian ritual that left netizens in shock.
After finishing the durians, like many others, the vlogger proceeded to rinse her mouth with saltwater using a durian shell.
However, what surprised Malaysians was her subsequent action.
She used another batch of saltwater in the durian shell to wash her fingers and eliminate the durian scent, before astonishingly proceeding to drink from the same water.
The vlogger nonchalantly defended her choice, stating, “It’s my own fingers, nothing to complain about.”
Malaysian netizens were quick to express their disbelief and disagreement with her practice.
“Malaysians would never drink the water used to wash their hands,” commented one user.
“Please discard the handwashing water and do not spread false information,” advised another.
The vlogger’s video sparked a flurry of comments and reactions, with Malaysians left astonished by her unconventional behavior. Many expressed that they had never encountered such practices before.
The cultural differences surrounding durian consumption and post-meal customs have become a topic of discussion, highlighting the importance of understanding and respecting diverse cultural practices.