photo by Aunty Yochana I’ve been posting cake recipes for a while now. This is the last one before I post the Ultimate Durian Cake Post on Sunday. Stay tuned! Chiffon cake is all the rage in Southeast Asia. Seriously, while many of us Americans have only a vague notion of this cake (which happens […]
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."
Durian is, in my opinion, the milk-chocolate of the fruit world. It’s got that deep earthy, bitter roundness of flavor along with a cloying sweetness and creamy melt-in-your-mouth smoothness. It’s so good, many people even say it’s even better than chocolate, cheese, wine, or crack-cocaine (okay, I only know a few people who say that). […]
Happy Chinese New Year! This time last year, Rob and I were sweating in the pollution-induced haze of Medan, Sumatra watching New Years fireworks crackle over the wild assortment of rusted tin roofs. We had been in Indonesia only two weeks, and in a bewilderment of culture shock we wondered with excitement and some trepidation […]
photo by shesimmer.com This is the second cake recipe post gearing up for the Ultimate Durian Cake post later next week, in which I’ll also share some unusual durian-themed decorations and the best places to buy durian cake in case you’re too lazy to make one yourself. Durian pulp has always reminded me of yogurt […]
picture from graciekitchencorner For the next week or so I’ll be posting durian cake recipes, gearing up for the Ultimate Durian Cake post, in which I’ll also share some unusual durian-themed decorations and the best places to buy durian cake in case you’re too lazy to make one yourself. I am not exactly an expert […]
Are you flabbergasted by the title? Me too. I have no idea how Evan Rock got it in his head to blend durians and persimmons and pour the combination over salad greens, but it’s fantastic. The persimmon blends with the durian just perfectly, adding a cinnamon zest and a beautiful orange hue to a creamy, […]
picture coutesy of Sunny Raw Kitchen Edit: This recipe was brought to my attention again when I received an email from Joz, a friend of Carmella’s who helped create this masterpiece and who lives in my hometown in Oregon. She saw an article about us in our local paper, The Mail Tribune, and sent me […]
Rob and I have eaten durian almost every day of this year. While flying to Sri Lanka, we were faced with an 18 hour layover at Changi Airport in Singapore and a possible day without durian. Singapore, the land that caters to durian obsession, came to the rescue. We didn’t even have to leave the […]
Roti is an unleavened flat bread made of wheat that originated on the Indian Subcontinent. It looks and tastes a lot like a very thin white flour tortilla. Roti has since spread to countries with large Indian populations, like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia, where its meaning has changed slightly. Roti in Malaysia […]
We thought we were crazy to travel the world for durian. Some people travel for donuts. I’m not kidding, Homer Simpson has a real life best friend in Larissa and Michael of www.changesinlongitude.com. These guys have tried almost every kind of donut there is, including a charcoal filled donut that they describe as “truly nasty.” […]
Evaporated milk is all the rage in the Philippines. It’s the favored sweetener, and poured atop most desserts from halo-halo to the morning serving of tahu. Pastillas, or candied milk, may be the epitome of the Filipino penchant for sweetened milk. It’s essentially milk mixed with sugar and flavorings and boiled to form a thick caramel, […]
Halo-halo is a Filipino iced dessert that may seem like an odd hodgepodge of random foods to western palates. A basic halo-halo is shaved ice and evaporated milk with any of the following toppings: garbanzo beans, kidney beans, gummy candy, fruits, sweet potato, and coconut. It’s a bit like the Malaysian iced cendol, but without […]