Monday, June 16, 2008

Durian shakes.

We're approaching the end of durian season in Bangkok, and soon the sidewalks will no longer be crowded with their giant, spiny shells. Though I was rather put off the first time I tried it, I've since developed a taste for it. So on the way home from the market, I picked up two pods of the durian's fruit.

On the way out of Cambodia, Bordeaux and I had picked up a copy of From Spiders to Water Lilies at the Phnom Penh airport. A cookbook from the chef's behind Romdeng restaurant, it features regional recipes from all over Cambodia. We bought the book partly for its beautiful photos and partly because Cambodian cookbooks are rather hard to come by, but I think neither of us expected what a great cookbook it would be. We've already more than half a dozen dishes from it: soups, curries, salads and stir-fries that have all come out brilliantly. One of the recipes that looked the most intriguing to me was for a durian shake. So when I got home, I blended the durian with palm sugar syrup, condensed milk and ice, and made two durian shakes.

It was perfect. Somehow, the shake emphasized only the best aspects of durian: its smooth texture and sweet creamy flavor, with only the slightest undertone of an overripeness, which gave it a subtle complexity. Anyone want to try?

8 comments:

Bordeaux said...

Feel free to make them again. I can most certainly become used to them.

jess gonacha said...

It sounds fantastic! I'm always up for trying a new fruit. :) And where in the world did you get those glasses?? They are amazing! I love the line drawings.

Xander said...

I should warn you Jess- the durian is no ordinary fruit. Some have compared the taste to rotting garbage, and when my boyfriend first tried it he almost got sick. These shakes were really good though- so maybe they'd be a good introduction to the complexities of durian.

I'm glad you like the glasses! We just picked those up at a department store here. We don't have kitchen cabinets, so all of our dishes are out on display on a long wooden shelf in the living room/kitchen. We had to choose all of our dish ware carefully since it would be on show all the time! -X

Liz said...

Sounds intriguing..there's always trucks unloading durians out the front of the place I'm staying in Bangkok right now so I might have to try and make this!

tangobaby said...

There is a place in SF that makes durian ice cream. I really tried to try it, but even on the tiny tasting spoon, I could not do it.

I ended up with chocolate. I am not as brave as I think I am. :(

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