I hope your week has been amazing so far. Mine has been very busy as most of the time. This is my last week in Montreal because I’m going back to Mexico!!
I’ll be spending almost a month back home, to spend holidays with my family and friends. I’m so excited! I’m leaving this weekend so next time you hear from me I’ll be in Mexico!!
All my videos will be taped there, can’t wait to show you all the recipes I’ve made and a little bit more about life in Mexico!
Durian is a very special and unique fruit that a very few amount of people know about. Probably if you’ve been in asian countries you’re familiar with it or of course, if you’re into raw foods you have probably heard about it.
Durian is not only unique in flavour, is unique in shape and of course, odor! This is the type of fruit that you love it or hate it, no middle point.
Most of people don’t even dare to try it just because of the smell, but let me tell you, is just a cover because once you taste it you’re trapped!
The first time I tasted durian was in a raw fruit potluck here in Montreal, but we were several people so I only had the chance to have some small bites, you need to eat a lot more to figure out if you actually like it or not. I remember feeling like eating more but still wasn’t sure if I liked it. The combination of sweet and savory was messing with my head! And I most say that the “chicken-like” look was making the moment very thrilling!
The odor is so indescribable, is a combination of onion, almonds, sweetness and gym socks hahah! I swear, is just UNIQUE. Actually, in some parts of southeast Asia like public transportation, hotels and even outside restaurants is completely prohibited to have durians even if you’re not eating them!
Thank goodness for cosmopolite countries! Nowadays, is so easy to find any type of food even if you’re on the “other side of the world”. In Mexico is impossible to find durians, but here in Montreal and most of the Western world you can find it in any asian food store. I’m sure the taste is definitively not the same if you have it fresh and just taken from the tree, as you only can buy it frozen here, but at least something is something.
My favorite way to eat durian is plain! This is the only way you can really have THE durian experience. I feel that when combined with more flavors you can banish the uniqueness of durian flavor but even though 95% of the time I eat it by itself I decided to make 3 different recipes and share them with you.
They actually were better than I expected. I do have to say I tried to keep it simple and did not use lots of things but feel free to change anything.
Thai Inspired Durian Soup
1 cup durian, seedless
1/2 cup fresh basil
1 small handful fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon cumin or curry powder
Coconut water (as needed)
Blend all ingredients until smooth. If not using coconut water use water. Also, you can use any type of herbs and spices according to your preferences. You can use ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves or whatever you feel like.
1 cup durian, seedless
1/2 orange juice
1 Vanilla Bean (optional)
Mash or blend in food processor the ingredients until you have a smooth cream. You can freeze it in ice cube trays and pass through champion juicer or food processor to have an ice cream/ soft serve.
1 1/2 cup durian, seedless
2 large ripe bananas
Pinch of cinnamon
Blend until pudding consistency. Serve with apples or celery sticks. Also, if you add a little bit of water you can make it a salad dressing. Yuuum!
Hope you guys enjoy the recipes!! Have a great weekend everybody!
Until next post from Mexico!!