Over the weekend we went to check out the other asian market in the same area where the korean market was located at . At that asian market , i was thrilled because i found so many indonesian items , just like the store that we used to go back in Chicago , a whole aisle dedicated especially for indonesian food . Well , anyway , i also found durian , which i was really thrill to see . The last time i had durian was about 4 or 5 years ago , yes it’s been a long time .So i picked it up and bought it ..
This morning , after letting the durian thawing out for a total of 1 day , i decided it’s time to try to open it . Back when i was living in indonesia , my mom always had the durian seller to slit open the durian , that way when we got home , she didn’t have to do too much of work opening it . In fact she used to have her wooden shoe / sandal , and kinda smash it open a little .. which worked great . So it was my turn today to open a fresh durian . No we didn’t have anybody to help me to slit open the bottom end . But i learned from internet ( you can learn basically everything from it ) , and watched the video and i finally tried it . I made a slit on the bottom and then cut along the lines and voila .. it’s open and i opened the rest with my hands .
Both of my husband and my son don’t like durian , because of their pungent smell . I don’t know why they think kimchi smells better than durian , because to me , durian has sweet smell and not as pungent and stinky as durian is . I would def. take durian ten thousand times than kimchi . Don’t get me wrong , i still like kimchi .. 🙂
Anyway .. in order to get them to eat durian , i ended up making a cake out of it .. and turned out they like the cake . My husband claims that he still able to sense the after taste of the durian itself in the cake . But he can deal with it unlike the fresh fruit that he absolutely .. hate !!
These pictures kinda show you how to open up durian
Fresh Durian fruit , if you get it frozen from the store , thaw it out before trying to open it .
Find the bottom of the fruit , then make slits with a very sharp knife
Now you see it’s almost open , use your hands to open it bigger and then you can remove all the meats from it .
These are all the durian fruits , refrigerate , eating right away or make cake , ice cream etc .. whatever you like
About 200 grams of mashed durian fruit , seeds removed
170 grams of unsalted butter , room temperature
170 grams of self rising flour ( for every 1 cup of flour add 1 1/4 tsp. of baking powder and 1/2 tsp. salt )
140 grams of sugar
4 egg yolks
4 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1. In a mixing bowl , beat sugar and unsalted butter until very light and fluffy a bout 5 minutes .
2. Sift the self rising flour . Set aside
3. Add in the egg yolks one by one and beat well .
4. Beat the egg whites separately , set aside .
5. Add durian meat into egg yolk mixture with sugar and butter . Beat well .
6. Add the beaten egg whites , and finally add the sifted flour and vanilla , beat well .
7. Pour the batter into 8 by 8 square pan , and bake about 40-45 minutes at 350 F on parchment paper lined pan .