Walking around Vietnam, I would sometimes see a sign for Sau Rieng Chien Gion. I knew it had something to do with durian, because I recognized the Sau Rieng part. But I had no idea what the other part meant, and no way to ask. I eventually just looked it up on google. It’s funny, […]
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."
I first came across Rau Cau in Dak Mil, a small town in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. We’d been asked out to a cup of coffee with a friendly local after spending the day visiting his durian and coffee plantation. I was really thirsty and hot, so I ordered a coconut instead. When my coconut […]
With so many durian stalls to choose from, Rob and I asked our Singaporean friend Qinghui to choose where she wanted to meet us. She chose Sembawang Durian stall, the stomping ground of the happiest durian vendor on earth. On his 60th birthday this year, Mr. Yap made headline news when he gave away over […]
Many people have questioned why we would go to Singapore, citing that Singapore is not a durian producing nation. This answer is simple: how could we not go to Singapore? Our Year of Durian would not be complete without experiencing this teeming metropolis of durian fanatics. Singaporeans have the highest reported consumption of durian in […]
Sophisticated yet funky, the Durian Cream Puff is a wild Asian twist on a prim English dessert. No wonder they’re such a hit in Singapore, the high-tech cultural melting pot with a taste for weird architecture and weirder fruit. Apparently, the durian cream puffs are even more popular than eating whole durian, and for the […]
Rob and I visited 717 Trading in Singapore on a quiet Monday night. Only a few customers trickled in, and most of the “durian boys” had been given the day off after an intense weekend catering to two large events.We met with Shann, the daughter of Mr. Goh Kwee Leng and manager of the office […]
Singaporeans eat more durian per capita than any durian producing nation. That, combined with the high value of the Singapore dollar, is changing the face of the durian industry as durian producers seek to capitulate to Singaporean tastes. As much as 90% of the durian in Singapore originates in Malaysia, it’s northern neighbor. While Malaysia […]
Chef Wan is a popular television personality in Malaysia. Squeaky, enthusiastic, and bossy, he has risen to stardom . His shows are not only educational, they’re hilarious. He was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s tour of Kuala Lumpur’s Chow kit Market. I loved watching this clip, partly because of Chef Wan’s antics and funny faces, but […]
Last week I posted the recipe for tempoyak, the fermented durian paste that is a popular ingredient in traditional Malay cuisine. Like Thailand’s durian guan, tempoyak is made with leftover or inedible durian and is a way to preserve excess. But unlike durian guan, no one eats tempoyak with a spoon! One of the most […]
Pulut Bubur Durian is the southern cousin of Thai sticky rice with Durian. It’s essentially a sweet durian mush (called “porridge”) poured over sticky rice. Pulut is the Malay word for glutinous sticky rice, and to make this recipe you can use the same sticky rice as in the Thai dish, Khao Niaow Thurian. Durian […]
I got the idea for Vegan Durian Fried Rice from foodandscent.com. I thought the concept of adding durian to fried rice sounded delicious. Durian is creamy and fatty, a little sweet, and has a pungent garlicky onion twang. Certain varieties of durian even taste like egg. Why not add it to fried rice? […]
The durian is a popular dessert item, whether baked into cakes, stirred into ice cream, stuffed into pastries, or simply eaten with sticky rice. This year DiVine Restaurant at the Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club in Phuket, Thailand, decided to offer something new. Rob and I missed their week long “Durian Festival” by only a […]