Getting A Real Whiff of Petai Beans
When I first ate some of those local petai beans earlier this week, they didn't seem as bad as my colleagues made it out to be. Only today when I happened to be at a supermarket did I get a whiff of how smelly they really were.
Oh man, these were horrible! They didn't have anywhere near the range as durian, but they were very strong once I brought them closer to my nose. My head instinctively jerked backwards while expletives left my mouth.
In retrospect, I guess I did taste some of that in the cooked version, but I thought it was because of a salty Chinese fermented bean paste or something. Well, now I finally know how this stuff got its stinky name.