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 were on our way to the Kinabatangan Nature Lodge, to see orangutans and elephants and all the beautiful wildlife that people come to Borneo to see. But we immediately […]
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."
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 […]
My facebook feed is full of durian. But lately, my belly is not. So when vegan chef Johnny Freesh’s Durian Coconut Fudge popped up, I started drooling. It looked absolutely divine, but I’m a picky eater with multiple food sensitivities and the nuts didn’t work for me. So I turned to friends for help designing […]
Durian, mint flavoring, and chocolate. When this recipe popped up on my facebook feed, it just about floored me. I really had to think about it. I mean, some durians do have a slight menthol kick to them. I just couldn’t decide if adding mint would ruin perfectly delicious durian, be just plain bizarre, or […]
Durian chips are a popular snack in Thailand, so popular that even the 7-11’s stock them on the same shelves as Lay’s Potato Chips (squid flavor, of course). The majority of durian chips are not produced in large factories, but in small corner shops of durian markets and family homes. They are considered an OTOP […]
Som Tam, or Green Papaya Salad is one of my favorite foods here in Thailand. It’s refreshingly tangy, sweet and spicy with a juicy crunch, just the thing to finish off a day eating heavy durian. Som Tam is typically made with a base of green papaya, but it can be made with any unripe […]
Durian is actually best eaten for breakfast. It’s more popularly eaten as either a dinner meal or dessert, but this has more to do with supply and transportation issues than with when it’s best to eat it. Nearly 80% of durians fall during the night, meaning that most varieties (not all!) are ripened to perfection […]
Everything about Baked Alaskas are amusing. This is probably due to the triple facts that they are often lit on fire, have an entire day in honor of them (February 1st, no joke) and yet have absolutely nothing to do with Alaska. Baked Alaskas are originally from China. A durian version re-introduces an Asian element […]
In my last post I wrote about durian cake. It only makes sense to follow with durian ice cream. Durian is great frozen. When isn’t durian great? But durian-eaters in the USA know what I’m talking about. Our durian only comes frozen, and whenever we’re too impatient to let it thaw properly (that *never* happens […]
Durian. Cake. Durian + Cake = ? I honestly don’t know, because I’ve never had a durian cake. I don’t eat cake. Don’t gasp at me. I know it’s weird, especially considering the number of recipe posts about durian cake I’ve put up recently. But just because I don’t eat it for personal health reasons […]