The impossible aroma


Dear Hillary,

My girlfriend has brought back from the village a foul smelling stuff called pla-ra. The smell is so bad I won’t let her even open the jar in the house. If you think durian is bad, you’ve never met this stuff. How can they eat this?


Dear Harold,

It depends upon what you are used to, Petal. If you’ve been raised on it, then it is easy to eat and part of the condiments you put on food. Until you get used to it, Vindaloo is too spicy to eat, but after you get used to it you can ask for some more chillies. Remember that English mustard is difficult for Americans to eat, as American mustard is much milder and lets the true taste of the food come through. And for a real taste sensation try wasabi with Japanese food.