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Spicy durian salad eating contest a hot draw in Chiang Mai

ASIA NEWS NETWORK/THE NATION – Five competitors were all fired up on Wednesday for a spicy durian salad eating contest at Taiton, a restaurant in Chiang Mai’s San Kamphaeng district, to mark Songkran.

This is the second year Taiton has held the competition.

The rules were simple: competitors must pay THB299 to participate and eat the spicy durian salad in 20 minutes.

The competitor who finishes first will be awarded 10 kilogrammes of durian, while those placed second and third would stand to gain five kilogrammes and two kilogrammes of durian, respectively.

The winner this time round wolfed down his salad in a mere 6.20 minutes.

Taiton owner Amporn Phansri said the restaurant had bought durian from Chanthaburi farmers, who have faced difficulty in exporting the fruit. Taiton uses the purchased durian to cook a variety of food and desserts, such as Masman, Tom Yum, pizza, cake and pudding.

Amporn said the restaurant is offering a buffet of delicacies made from durian at THB599 baht per person for the next two months.

“The restaurant will buy all species of durian at up to three tonnes per day, such as Monthong, Chanee, Nok Yip and Puangmanee,” she added.