Southeast Asia’s king of fruits, the durian, is known to be the smelliest fruit, but it has a mildly sweet and creamy flesh. Did you know that durians can be used in sweet or savoury dishes? Here are some of the durian delicacies that you must try when in Malaysia.
Cake lovers should try the mouth-watering durian cakes. The creamy texture melts in your mouth and comes with either a sponge cake or cheesecake base. Some bakeries and cafés serve chocolate durian cake, featuring a light and creamy durian texture with rich chocolate. Have a go in eating a real 3D durian cake together with your friends. It looks like durian, and it has the actual taste of durian. Try the delicious Durian Cheesecake and Durian Tiramisu at Swich Café. Savour the Durian Imperial Cream Cake and Durian Crepe Cake at ARCH Café.
It may look like a custard puff, but it is not. The small pastry puffs have durian cream filling; therefore, it’s fluffy on the outside, creamy on the inside. Once the smooth durian cream hits your palate, well, there is nothing like it. You can have them when they are fresh out of the oven or take them on the go. Two of the best places to try these delicious durian puffs are at Taste Better (available in various outlets across Malaysia, including in Kuala Lumpur and Melaka) and Durian Durian (KLCC and Mid Valley Megamall).
Cendol, a traditional dessert served with coconut milk, gula Melaka (palm sugar), and various treats, is one of Malaysia’s favourites. For durian cendol, fresh durian is added to the cendol to make the whole dessert even richer. The creamy durian flesh and coconut milk together with the sweet palm sugar complement each other well; it is a heavenly dessert that you must try. Devour the delicious delicacy at Rojak and Cendol in Shah Alam and Durian King TTDI.
Durian is suitable for making ice cream because of its creamy texture and mild sweetness. A scoop of local durian ice cream is a great treat to cool you down in Malaysia’s tropical weather. Add scoops of it into waffle cones or onto waffles for a complete package of goodness. Savour the delicious D24 durian ice cream at Inside Scoop (available in various outlets, including Kuala Lumpur, Klang Valley, and Melaka).
Durian shaved ice is a favourite dessert amongst millennials; it’s perfect to share with friends and family. The mountain of creamy shaved ice is accompanied by ice cream, panna cotta, and syrup. Some shaved ice desserts also feature nuts and other sweet treats. This dessert has a smooth and intense durian flavour that you can’t help but eat until the bowl is empty. Have your durian shaved ice treats at Kakigori (D24 Durian Chocolate Kakigori), Bingsu Café (Durian Mango Bingsu), and Tong Pak Fu Hong Kong Desserts (Durian Snow Ice).
Fried durian fritters are the must-try snack. When you take a bite through the crispy pastry, you will find a smooth durian cream that tickles your taste buds; you won’t be able to stop at one warm and creamy fritter. Enjoy these aromatic and mouth-watering snacks at Wah Cai Restaurant in Johor, where the owners freshly prepare a variety of yummy treats. Each piece costs RM3 (70 cents). It’s best to arrive early as there is no doubt going to be a long queue, and they sell out fast.
Tempoyak (fermented durian in Malay) is a spicy condiment often added to curries and stir-fry dishes. There are various types of tempoyak, due to its fermentation period. It is mildly spicy and sour and goes well with lettuce, rice, and petai (stinky beans in Malay). Adventurous food lovers can enjoy creamy tempoyak by having the Ikan Patin (fish curry with durian puree) at Go Bang Maju Patin Tempoyak (Sri Rampai, Kuala Lumpur and Temerloh, Pahang). At Lepau Restaurant in Kuching, try the fried Ikan Tempoyak.
Lempok Durian is similar to dodol, a sweet palm sugar-based candy with durian as its main flavour. Compared to other durian delights, Lempok Durian has a stronger natural durian taste, in turn, filling all of your durian cravings. You can purchase these treats at the local department stores as souvenirs. You can also buy them at duty-free stores in airports before you depart.