Have you tried Freeze Dried Durian yet? A surprising number of durian lovers haven’t. Maybe it seems too space agey, or hard to trust that it will take like real durian. Maybe you don’t know which brand to choose. Does one brand retain the duriany flavor better? Are they all the same? Who knows, so let’s try them all, […]
Cooking With Durian
Durian lends its distinct flavor and creaminess to more dishes then you probably ever imagined. Some recipes listed here are traditional, like the red durian tempoyak, fried durian chips, or Thai massaman curry. Others are distinctly new "fusion" dishes, like durian pizza or durian sushi.
My personal favorites are as a sweet whipped ice cream or in traditional Thai pounded salad, "som-tam."
When in December the first news clip leaked that Pizza Hut in China was launching a durian pizza, I was staying with my friend Megan in San Francisco. Megan is a vegan chef with a great recipe Youtube channel. She’s the one who came up with my all-time favorite durian ice cream recipe. With a friend who […]
Chinese New Year is a hopeful holiday. There’s no resolutions to make and then break, just things to do now to set yourself up for a better year. On the traditional to-do list is to make a Prosperity Cake. With durian, of course, because more durian makes a better year, right? Nian Gao is a traditional […]
One of the world’s great mysteries is that durian grows in the tropics where it’s always too hot, and yet it is the best winter warm-up food. Heatiness comes in handy when the weather forecast has been hovering between freezing rain and WINTER STORM WARNING all week. A spiced durian nog was just the thing […]
Over the weekend I posted some traditionally untraditional Halloween snowskin mooncakes made with rice flour and stuffed with delicious durian. But I have issues with rice. It’s not just that I’m morally opposed to rice for because global warming (stop blaming cows: it’s rice) or that white rice is basically devoid of nutrients. I personally […]
It turns out durian snowskin mooncakes are not at all hard to make, and since I’m home in Oregon visiting the family, I’m making sure the Trick-or-Treaters visiting my parent’s house this Halloween will be in for a slightly scary surprise: Durian in the guise of cute pumpkin treats (insert witch cackle). Mooncakes sound dainty, […]
What can you do when a freak rainstorm knocks durian fruits off the tree before they are ripe? Or when unscrupulous Thai vendors sell you fruits that will never ripen properly, and remain as dense and white and appealing as a raw potato? Make Massaman Curry. Or go to a restaurant that makes Vegan Durian […]
The bus from Ranau dropped Jess and me off at Medan Selera, a small food court in Kota Kinabatangan on the east coast of Sabah. We immediately asked for Durian Merah, the red durian prolific to the area. The staff was shocked that Westerners had heard of their durian – and wanted it – but […]
If fresh durian is said to smell like putrid flesh, overripe armpits, and fermented gym socks, can you imagine what it smells like fermented? Or what it tastes like? Fermented durian, or tempoyak, is a traditional condiment in Malaysia and Indonesia often mixed with coconut milk curries or pounded with chilies into a spicy dip. […]