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Apr 23, 2005 08:52 AM

Cooking Durian

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I have never tried before and will buy some soon.
Any suggestions of advice?
Thanks in Advance!

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  1. Cooking it? What recipe has cooked durian in it? If you do cook it I recommend the frozen stuff. Cheaper, at the perfect ripeness, not as much smell, and easier to use.

    1. Why would you want to cook it? What do you plan on making with it? Its' a fruit that you eat raw -- it's custardy in texture. An acquired taste (and smell) but I love it. Just had ate like 4 of them in Malaysia last month - yum!

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      1. re: boogiebaby

        Hey Boogiebaby, would be interested to hear about your eats from your trip to Singapore/Malaysia, so please post!

      2. I've not heard of cooking Durian..I wonder what the texture would be like? What I do know is that as much as I love the taste, I would never bring one into my house as the stink permeates and lingers. My advice is to buy it already cut up/frozen or else cut it up and prep it outdoors if possible.

        1. Actually, the question is not as absurd as it sounds. There is a Malay/Pernankan dish that uses unripe durians in a curry, similar to unripe jackfruit curry that I believe is also found in Filipino cuisine.
          Durians are also cooked with gula malacca (a Malay/Peranakan type of palm sugar) and starch to make a sticky chewy dark brown durian 'candy' which is sold as long narrow cylinders (like a Tootsie Roll) in that part of the world.
          Also, ripe durians are served on rice, but in this case, they're not cooked. Finally, there is durian custard which is served alongside mango custard in many Cantonese restaurants in Singapore; in this case, the ripe fruit is added to the warm custard before it sets, so I guess it isn't really 'cooked' either.