1. Tony Mah says

    We just ate the Durian Pancakes from the Durian Cottage purchased in the frozen section of T&T Supermarket in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We have always wanted to try something with durian in it and was not brave enough to buy a fresh durian to try it. Ever since we saw an ad at a local bubble milk tea shop that said about durians: “Smells like Hell but tastes like Heaven” got out curiosity piqued. Well, now that we tried it, it was good, but definitely an acquired taste…,

  2. Philip Soon says

    Found your website from a YouTube video by Mark Weins about durians. I’m glad to see the stereotype image of westerners hating and being absolutely disgusted by all things durians overturned by you. I’m sure you must have heard of Singaporeans and Malaysians that can’t stand the smell of durians and that they have to leave their homes for a few hours when the rest of their family members gorge on the ‘King of Fruits’ :- )
    Anyways, about your comments on the Durian Cottage’s Chendol. You are absolutely correct in everything from the serving bowl (needs to be deeper so that you can thoroughly mix the ingredients and the ice) and the Chendol noodles ( should be smooth and light in texture, like firm jello), and finally, (not wishing to sound racially partial – I’m a chinese descent Singaporean now living in Canada) the southern Indians make the best Chendol ;- ))
    I myself do not care for durian chendol even though I consider myself a durian fanatic :- )

    • [email protected] says

      Hi Phillip,
      Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you found me, this blog, and our little community of durian lovers. Have you been to Durian Cottage yourself? I actually really love cendol on a hot afternoon (and they’re all hot afternoons in Malaysia!) although it definitely doesn’t improve the taste of the durian.

      • Philip Soon says

        Greetings Lindsay,
        Glad to join you in revelling in the fascination of the ‘King of fruits’ :- )
        As in all fine gastronomy, there are somethings that simply do not go well together, whether in taste, texture or fragrance. However, there are some durian-lovers amongst us that just cannot bear to see any go to waste even when over ripe or simply bland tasting. These folks will conjure up any means of recycling rejected durians for use in various confectionaries and desserts, and – Chendol! Well, you know what that resulted in :- ((

        I have not found any frozen Musang King in the asian supermarkets in Vancouver, BC, but like many other imports, we Canadians usually have to wait at least a year before seeing similar produce trickling into our stores ;- (
        On a happy note, Portland is just a leisurely drive down Interstate 5 :- ))


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