When the Durian season arrives, we want to relish more than just what the initial creamy fresh fruit can offer us. Did you know that aside from eating it directly from the spiky shell, it can be turned into so many delectable snacks, sweets, and desserts too? If you didn’t know that, now you do! Tripfez has prepared a list of 13 Durian inspired desserts you can only find in Malaysia. Are you ready for the King of all Fruits to shine in this article? Let’s delve in!
1) Durian Pancake/Crepe
Durian Crepe, or durian pancake or sometimes even known as durian pillow is essentially mashed durian which is mixed with whipped cream. Then, they are wrapped in a pancake. The Malaysians and people around the Southeast of Asia started crazing over durian crepe a little less than one decade ago. Now, you can easily get it at any bakeshop or street vendors. The good thing about this is that you don’t need to wait for the durian season to come in order to have it.
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2) Dodol Durian
Dodol durian is a dessert which is a little chunkier in texture. When you eat it, the toffee-like confection will melt in your mouth. They are tasty and very sweet too. How is it made? It is made by boiling coconut milk before putting in essential ingredients like brown sugar, flour and the star of it all, the “lempok” (cooked and thickened durian flesh).
3) Durian Fudge
The Durian Fudge is made with shredded coconut, pitted dates, carob powder, vanilla and durian itself as the main star ingredient. The common fudge is usually made of only sugar, milk, and butter. It is just a twist of the original fudge recipe.
4) Durian Smoothie/Juice
Fast and rejuvenating. This is the fastest way to check out durian when it is not in its original condition. Durian smoothie is best believed to assist those who have insomnia and depression. This is because it has a high amount of vitamin C, antioxidants, and tryptophan. Aside from that, if you are into detox, this could be a great option too. Great dessert, good for health, what a combo?
5) Durian Tart
Durian tart is not that easy to be found in bakery shops. Not as common as the traditional egg tarts. But if you are lucky, your local bakery shops may stock them quite often especially when the durian season is in. So if you want to try a Durian tart, be sure to ask around the next time you go to your local bakery shop.
6) Pengat Durian
Pengat Durian is perfect for tea time and breakfast. Malaysians are obsessed with the Pengat Durian especially the village folks. It can also be consumed with gluttonous rice or bread. This dessert is also famously known as Serawa Durian. They are pretty easy to be prepared too. The ingredients to make this dessert are plain water, brown sugar, coconut milk, several durians’ fleshes, pandan leaves, and salt.
7) Kerepek Durian
Can you imagine the texture of the durian flesh to be crunchy? Anything is possible in Malaysia. Malaysians are well-known for their creativity in inventing remarkable food. And so, “kerepek durian” is created. In English, you may call it Durian chips. The taste is the same with Potato chips (“kerepek ubi”) but slightly sweeter. Usually, they are made out of durian seeds. How is it prepared? The seeds will be submerged in a bowl of water for approximately 2-3 days until the outer layer skin falls off which is then make it easier to be peeled off. When it is soft, the seeds can be sliced and then fried with red onions and some garlic.
8) Durian Ice Cream
We seriously think that a majority of people do love ice-cream. Who wouldn’t like a refreshing and cold durian ice cream especially in a hot tropical country like Malaysia? Eating durian ice-cream is the same like eating any other ice-cream flavor. However, if you are not a big fan of eating durian in its original form, you can opt to try eating the durian ice cream to ease your hesitance.
9) Durian Cookies
Durian cookies are pretty interesting when it comes to the list of Durian desserts. It provides that extra crunchiness texture and if you found the perfect cookies, somehow, you might get hooked to it!
10) Durian Cheesecake
Durian and cheese. Two of the creamiest and chunkiest food ever. Combining them together would be a total guilty pleasure. To most foodies, the durian cheesecake is heavenly. If you are preparing your own durian cheesecake at home, you can also play around with the recipe. For instance, you could either make a durian cheesecake and add several durians’ fleshes or perhaps prepare a durian ice cream and add on some cheesecake at the top. However way you present it, it would be yummy!
11) Durian Chiffon Cupcakes
Anyone up to try durian chiffon cupcakes? These are doable and it is getting more popular nowadays. Even though durian is a seasonal fruit, however with the proper packing and freezing method, a baker can have these fruits all year and sell them at their bakery. So if you want to have this dessert, go check those out at any local bakery near you.
12) Durian Waffle
Durian waffle is another great invention and addition to the existing desserts we have in Malaysia. The smell of the King of Fruits will make you feel like a royalty once you put the bite of durian waffle in your mouth! If you haven’t tried this, we suggest you put it in your next to try bucket list!
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13) Durian Cendol
The Durian cendol is a traditional and very famous Southeast Asian dessert. Prepared with coconut milk, red beans, palm sugar, and a myriad of fillers, it is a spectacular dessert to have during a hot day. The common fruits used to prepare the cendol are durian and coconut. Both are equally scrumptious!
A humble an honest list of 13 durian-inspired desserts you can only find in Malaysia. With the unique and diversity of its culture, it is no wonder that the desserts’ evolvement in Malaysia is expanding. We are pretty sure that in the future, we can easily find more newborn desserts made out of durians!