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 […]
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."
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 […]
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 […]
Mooncakes sound dainty, mysterious, and hard to make. A few weeks ago it was the Mid-Autumn Festival in Malaysia and Singapore, and my Facebook feed was clogged with these pretty little pastries stuffed with Musang King or D24. Jealous much? Yes. It turns out durian snowskin mooncakes are not at all hard to make, and […]
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. […]
How disappointing is it to buy an unripe durian? Very. I can’t count the number of times I’ve hopefully clawed open a durian only to find a pale pod with the texture and appeal of daikon radish. But unlike the insanely spicy vegetable, unripe durian is edible and can be cooked into a number of […]
Whenever I hang out with durian lovers, we spend a lot of time trying to describe what each durian tastes like. Sometimes it’s a lightly burnt marshmallow rolled in melted chocolate. Or a dense pastry stuffed with vanilla cream. Or sometimes it’s a creamy and vinegar Caesar dressing. With such a diverse and complex range […]