101 Ways To Eat Durians

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, September 12, 2008 | Published in


Ok, so I exaggerated!
If you know of 101 ways to eat durians, please tell me! I only know a few ways which i would like to share with durian lovers and non-durian lovers alike, in other words, everyone!
So I confessed I am a durian lover in one of my previous posts. If you dislike durians, well too bad because today, I am going to continue with my admiration for this spiky fruit! OK, OK, please don't leave, just bear with me. Who knows, you might just start to like durians?
Eating the durian fruit by itself is the best way to enjoy its taste. But do you know there are many other ways of eating durians?
Have you tried durian cakes? They are absolutely delicious!
The famous and ever popular durian cake from Secret Recipe is a must try! I especially like it when it’s taken straight out from the fridge.
For the month of September, Secret Recipe also came out with their new durian cheese cake!
Looks good, doesn't it? Honestly speaking, I haven't been to Secret Recipe for quite some time, so must give this durian cheese cake a try this week!
Just when I thought Secret Recipe had one of the best durian cakes around, I discovered an even better one at Bon Bon outside Atria Shopping Mall in Damansara Jaya. Bon Bon’s durian cake is simply to die for. The generous chunks of durian flesh in the cake melt in your mouth and taste so good I can assure you resistance of this cake is futile.

Photo from Sweets For My Sweet Tooth
If you have been to Mid Valley Megamall in KL, then you would have probably passed by this shop called Sweet Chat. They have some pretty nice desserts, and one of them is of course the durian pancake! This pancake has real durian flesh inside instead of just durian puree. Nice!

Photo from Seeds Of Life
Inside The Gardens Mall next to Mid Valley, there is a shop called Lee Lee's Sumptuous Desserts at the lower ground floor which also sell quite similar pancakes. But I have not tried it before. Just found it at A Whiff Of Lemongrass blog. This photo of the pancakes (it’s actually called durian puffs) looks good, but I’m not sure if it tastes as good.

Do you like egg tarts? If you do, why not give durian egg tarts a try? There’s a famous shop from Hong Kong in Pavilion KL called John King which sell all types of egg tarts. Do give their durian egg tart a try, though I don’t really fancy it.

Photo from Ling's blog

How about our very own Malaysian durian dodol? The most famous durian dodol is from Tan Kim Hock in Melaka. Even though it's not a favourite for me, the unique blend of durians and gula melaka makes this dodol a popular delicacy amongst Malaysians and foreign tourists.

Photo from AsianSupermarket365.com
Now with the Mooncake Festival celebration this weekend, expect to see some durian mooncakes being sold! The Star recently reported that the snowskin durian mooncake from Shangri-la Hotel KL was voted one of the top five mooncakes by the StarMetro Team. If you like mooncakes and durians, then better get this Shangri-la Durian Mooncake before they are all sold out!
I did not buy the Shangri-la mooncake because I think it will be way out of my budget. So I settled for Tai Thong's snow skin durian mooncake. It was delicious! And I bought it at 30% off the retail price so definitely no regrets! Here's the picture of the durian mooncake before I put it into my mouth!

If you like chocolates, then do you know about durian chocolates? Yes, chocolates with durian fillings! For people like me, who love both chocolates and durians, this is truly a marriage made in heaven!
Come indulge yourself in Danson durian chocolates, a fine Belgian gourmet chocolate filled with rich creamy durian puree. Each box, priced at about RM27, comes with 9 pieces of exquisitely made chocolates. Not exactly cheap but you can be assured that it contains pure durians, and not simply "durian flavoured" ingredient.

Photo from Dimsum Dolly
Furthermore, expensive gourmet chocolates like Danson has less sugar content than those cheaper ones sold in supermarkets and shops, so it's much healthier for you. And don't forget that the chocolate itself contains polyphenols which help to prevent heart diseases.
If you have ever been to Thailand, you would surely have eaten their very famous sticky rice with mango, which is actually a traditional dessert. Have you tried their sticky rice with durians? It’s real durians with glutinous rice topped up with coconut cream. Even more sinful than chocolate, let me tell you!

Photo from Kin Jay
The one I like best is found at the MBK (Mah Boon Krong) Shopping Mall in Bangkok. It’s sold by a lady at the Food Court on the 6th floor of the mall. Every time I go Bangkok, I never fail to go MBK to enjoy this sticky rice with durians! Even as I am writing this, I’m drooling at the thought of this delicious dessert!
Talking about Thailand, they also have a very famous product called Crispy Durian, which is actually durian candy snack. If you’ve never eaten this snack before, do give it a try. You’ll be surprised how delicious it is! It comes in a tin or in a packet. Look for the brand name Siam. Siam’s Crispy Durian is the best durian candy snack in Thailand.

The other time I brought back these candy snacks from Bangkok, they were finished up within 2 days! I bought 12 packets and gave 5 packets to friends. The remaining 7 packets were for me and my family and they disappeared within 2 days. Can you believe it? All my friends who tried it even asked for more.
Call me crazy, but I don't mind flying all the way to Bangkok just to enjoy both the sticky rice with durian and the Durian Crispy snack!
In Singapore, there is a shop that sells mainly desserts made from durians! It’s called The Four Seasons Durian Dessert Shop located at 51, Telok Ayer Street at China Square Food Centre. Surely it must be the one stop centre for durian lovers everywhere! Just look at the variety of desserts they sell below!

Photo from durianpalace.com
Clockwise from upper left : durian puffs, durian pudding, durian jam, durian swiss roll, durian mousse cake, durian pancake, pulut durian, durian dadar and durian crepe (centre)
Or if you happen to go shopping along the famous Orchard Road, you might want to look out for hawkers selling durian ice cream like the photo below.

Photo from monica j's flickr
Of course they sell ice cream of other flavours too, but we're talking about durians here. The ice-cream is sandwiched between two sheets of wafer. Isn't that yummylicious!
Would you like to make your own durian ice cubes? I used to make them during my childhood days. It's so simple even a child can do it. Here's how.
1. Buy some durians and open them up (this part must be done by an adult, of course)
2. Scoop out some durian flesh using a small spoon and place them inside every empty boxes or compartments in the ice cube tray. The durian flesh should fill at least half of the compartment.
3. Fill each compartment with water then stir with the small spoon.
4. Place the ice cube tray in the freezer.
5. Wait for a 3-4 hours, then take out the tray from the freezer and voila! you have your very own durian ice cubes!
I was planning to make these durian ice cubes and take some photos of them, but unfortunately, when I got home, the durians I had bought earlier were missing! Now you know everyone in my family are huge fans of this spiky fruit! Zero durians equals zero durian ice cubes! Well, maybe next time.

(29) Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Hmmph..Foong u owe me a piece of durian cake after tempting me with the delectable photos!! I have heard of the much talked about durian cake from Bon Bon but have yet to try. I love durians in cakes, pancakes and mooncakes....yum!! Haven't tried the durian tarts though. My only gripe is that some shops use durian flavouring instead of the real flesh. I prefer with real durian flesh :)

    September 12, 2008 at 8:34 AM
  2. Anonymous

    Oh no! Not durians! *faints*

    September 12, 2008 at 9:28 AM
  3. Tekkaus said...

    Wow! There sure is lots of durians huh! You must the the king of durians huh Foong. Haha =) Well, besides that have you tried "pengat durian" before? I'm not sure how to cook it. My mum taught me once but I kinda forget. But I know some of the ingredients are lemak, green beans, daun pandan, sagu and lots of durians of course. Anyway durian lover out there, don't forget to cool yourself down after heating up yourself. Ha =)

    P.S.: As Foong mentioned at his previous post, eating durians and alcohol or brandy could really kill. My uncle died due to this lethal combination.

    anyway, enjoy your durians! =)

    September 12, 2008 at 11:05 AM
  4. Anonymous

    Wow... i wanna try all of them! Durians...

    September 12, 2008 at 11:48 AM
  5. twosuperheroes said...

    oh my...so much durian in this post! Haha.. :p

    September 12, 2008 at 1:49 PM
  6. Anonymous

    Durian cake...drool!!!! And I love that Thai-style durian glutinous rice with santan dessert! Heavenly!!! The rest, I'd pass! Don't like...especially the very commercialised Tan Kim Hock dodol!

    September 12, 2008 at 2:19 PM
  7. foongpc said...

    my bug life, you can have my piece of durian cake - just print out from the blog. Haha!

    Yes, the Bon Bon durian cake is the best durian cake I've ever eaten - you must go try it!

    I also don't like some shops using durian flavouring instead of real durian flesh. I want the real deal
    : )

    September 12, 2008 at 4:20 PM
  8. foongpc said...

    gallivanter, you sure don't like durians, do you? Anyway, thanks for dropping by! : )

    tekkaus, me the king of durians? No lah, just a fan only : )

    "pengat durian" sounds like a very delicious dessert! I've tried "pengat pisang" and it's delicious with huge chunks of real bananas. Is it almost the same ie. replace the pisang with durian?

    Sorry about your uncle - did he really die from this combination of durian and alcohol? Then it's not a myth like some people said. Funny some people reported no incident after taking both. Maybe there's a third factor like the person's overall health.

    September 12, 2008 at 4:23 PM
  9. foongpc said...

    neo, you must try them now before the durian season is over! : )

    twosuperheroes, well, it's all about durians! Prefer durians to "sui yee" and "sei kiok seh" you mentioned in your blog. haha! : )

    suituapui, oh yes! The Thai dessert sticky rice with durians is heavenly. I think of planning to go Bangkok again : )

    I also don't really like the Tan Kim Hock dodol, maybe gotten used to it (or "sien" in Cantonese) since eating it when small.

    September 12, 2008 at 4:34 PM
  10. HappySurfer said...

    Quite an array you've got there, Foong. Somehow it's only durians fresh from the husk that attract me, the rest I can pass. But who knows, tastes change.

    September 12, 2008 at 6:05 PM
  11. day-dreamer said...

    OMG! Came here wrong timing... *drools*

    SR durian cake so good ah? Okay, must go try after exam. Haha.

    September 12, 2008 at 9:13 PM
  12. Bengbeng said...

    i like durian ice cream best :)

    September 12, 2008 at 9:56 PM
  13. Sharon "Lucero" said...

    I've never tried, smelled or even seen this fruit in person. The mere sound of it's name strikes fear into my nose and taste buds though. I like to watch Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and this is one food that he just cannot bring himself to eat. That has to say something because he has a stomach of steel and has eaten even eggs with rotten meat, but can't eat this fruit. Can you describe the smell and flavor?

    September 12, 2008 at 10:27 PM
  14. Anonymous

    OMG Foong, I haven't seen this much Durian products, ever! I like Durian, I remember eating it while I was a child. Now, I enjoy the preserves more than the fresh Durian. I've tasted the ice cream but I'm not too crazy about it. Durian chocolate? Somehow that seems so wrong for me. LOL Have you tasted it? Wouldn't the strong Durian taste ruin the taste of the chocolate?

    September 13, 2008 at 9:09 AM
  15. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, actually eating the durian fruit itself is the best! But sometimes we need some variety : )

    day-dreamer, better go try SR or BonBon. You won't regret but hurry up before the durian season ends! : )

    bengbeng, I love durian ice cream too! yummy! : )

    September 13, 2008 at 4:25 PM
  16. foongpc said...

    sharon s, Andrew Zimmern could not eat the durian? I simply cannot understand that because I love durians so much! It's kinda hard to describe the smell and taste. To me it just taste and smell heavenly. To others it smells like rotting meat but taste like sweet custard. You just got to try it for yourself! : )

    babette, I have actually not eaten the durian chocolate before, but I can just imagine it and I know it's going to be very delicious! Well, at least that's what people who have eaten told me! I don't think the strong durian taste will ruin the chocolate, in fact I think it will complement it.

    September 13, 2008 at 4:31 PM
  17. Unknown said...

    oh wow u sure are one big durian fan! set! :)

    u know, i just had the durian chocos! thought they were unique.

    this year, i think ill miss the durian mooncakes... unless there still are after today.

    oh one more durian thing, i tried durian bubble tea (wrote on it:

    finally thanks for the durian share. will go check the rest out :) hehe

    September 13, 2008 at 10:02 PM
  18. lina said...

    I can vouch the durian pancake taste as good as it looks. but it is expensive! RM10 for a packet of six IIRC but worth it. :-)

    September 14, 2008 at 2:02 AM
  19. Anonymous

    I love durian! Too bad, I'm having my braces on. Eating durian would be messy, so I avoid eating it.

    Anyway, take at look: you are one of my choices at BFF award -


    September 14, 2008 at 2:20 AM
  20. foongpc said...

    quachee, durian bubble tea? Never heard of such a thing! Ok, will check it out at your blog!
    I will try to get my hands on the durian chocolates soon! : )

    lina, thanks for confirming that the durian pancake is good. RM10 sounds expensive but I will still go to The Gardens next week to have a try! : )

    low han yew, too bad you have to miss out on durians just because youn have braces on. Will check out the award. Thanks! : )

    September 14, 2008 at 11:34 AM
  21. Anonymous

    my oh my! thats really a lot of durians food.. i'd like to try the durian cake at atria! thanks for recommendation ;)

    September 14, 2008 at 6:06 PM
  22. Anonymous

    Wah... really a lot of good ways to eat durians le.. Personally, I only like to eat durian fruits and durian ice-creams..

    September 14, 2008 at 7:36 PM
  23. Monica said...

    omg! now, I feel like going to Mid Valley...hehe...YUMMY!!!!

    September 15, 2008 at 12:21 AM
  24. Anonymous

    Oh, I've just die and go to durian heaven! Will try those when I go back next time. I like the durian desert at Mandarin Oriental. Yum!

    September 15, 2008 at 1:57 AM
  25. Anonymous

    Your durian cake photos make me drooling! Not so fond of the dodol though.

    September 15, 2008 at 3:33 PM
  26. Johnny Ong said...

    tried musang king already or not? it will change yr the story abt durian in yr life .... hehe

    September 15, 2008 at 3:44 PM
  27. foongpc said...

    cbenc12, yes go try the durian cake at BonBon - you won't regret it!

    keeyit, I also like the durian fruit best! : )

    monica, go and enjoy your durian desserts! : )

    September 16, 2008 at 9:53 AM
  28. foongpc said...

    cc, honestly I haven't try the Mandarin Oriental durian dessert. Must go try it! : )

    jam, me too. I think it's more for kids. I used to like it as a kid, but not anymore.

    johnny ong, as a matter of fact, no! I've forgotten all about it! Really so good meh, this musang king? OK, will remember to go and try it! : )

    September 16, 2008 at 9:57 AM
  29. fajar said...

    I really liked the durian fruit. it's also very unique and diverse kinds. but I do not understand, why many people who do not like durian

    June 14, 2011 at 5:04 PM