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The King of Fruits – Ze Durians

What’s the king of fruits?
What tropical fruit draws much appeal yet repels just as many as it has appealed to? Did I hear you mention that name? That very name, much feared by other countries, airlines, hotels?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It is…the Durian!

Lmao, couldn’t quite come up with a better entry than that but hey, it’s better than saying..”Hi, I’m blogging about the durian, also known as stinkypoo fruit” :p
Just teasin’ ya 😉

It was night market, night for me today. Having left work a tad earlier than usual, I made my way to the market for some goodies. I was passing by this little van that sold, loads of durians. Kinda hesitated a bit as I wouldn’t want to spend any thing on a piece of fruit that gives me loads of bad breath and I mean, really bad breath. But, temptation came, tempted me with its enticing tentacles, I walked closer to the truck and the rest, like they say, is history. Using my mouth to start bargaining for the best possible deal/price/price downhike, I managed to buy get myself a pretty reasonable deal of 5 durians + 3 free durians at a cost of MYR50. Bloody hell :p I could have settled for one but no, they were too tempting.

Anyhow, there are many ways to eat/process your durians. The common ways would be, eating its flesh right when it’s opened or making a durian pulp to be made into

1) fermented durian a.k.a tempoyak (to be used in curries, and this smells BAD!)

2) cake

3) play dough..(Btw, I’m just kidding about this )

4) ice cream

5) dodol (a delicacy in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines)

6) fried into little chips (urgh..not my fave anyway)

This ugly piece of thorned up ball is as versatile as your everyday avocado. Yes, wouldn’t it be nice if grapes or other fruits were as versatile as this? Truth be told, durians aren’t as nasty as myth or urban legends have made it out to be.

It’s a fruit that stinks (thanks in due part to a certain organosulphur compound) only when it’s opened, and when you’re not accustomed to its smell. But upon eating a mouthful of it, you’d be surprised that it’s sweet, creamy and well..yummy! It has a somewhat custard-like texture and it’s not surprising that durians have been consumed since pre-historic times in Asia and was only introduced to other countries some 600 years ago. Time have yet to change mankind’s perception of this stinky beast.

One of those rather traditional Thai/Siamese way of eating durians.

. hot steaming rice

. cold water is poured over hot rice

. a dash/sprinkle of salt

. a couple of durians and you’re good to go (and die that is 😉 )

There are the other ways of consuming durians the Thai trad way, most notably durians and coconut milk with vanilla-infused sticky rice. Dear me…that would be, death for me. I hadn’t had that much durians but seeing as I’ve not had durians in years (approx 10 years I think) I puked out after 5 seedlings :p That’s what durians are all about, richness in a rather crude context *burps* Oops, excuse moi 🙂

Banana Cake Recipe

My mum decided that I should make Banana Cake today. No, seriously – she made me make it.

When I came home from work yesterday evening, she shoved a piece of paper into my hand and said, “I want you to make banana cake. Can you make it tonight and get all the ingredients out after dinner?”

I didn’t make it after dinner. That’s my TV time!

She was annoyed at me so she woke me up like 3 times this morning between 7-8 am telling me to get up to make cake. So finally I gave in because I figured she would just keep waking me up until I made the banana cake!

Here’s the recipe for the banana cake which she got somewhere from the Internet. The cake turned out quite well, except the time the recipe stated that it should be in the oven was wrong for my oven. Instead of the required 20 minutes, we needed to put it in the oven for about 32 minutes or so.

Banana Cake Recipe
Ingredients
170 grams butter
300 grams white sugar
3 eggs
5mL Vanilla Extract (or Vanilla Essence)
180mL Sour Milk
225 grams mashed bananas
310 grams all-purpose flour
3 grams salt
2 grams baking powder

Method
Mix together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla essence in a large bowl. Set aside.

In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. Then add this bowl to the creamed mixture (ie, the other bowl with the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla).

Then add sour milk and the mashed bananas to the mixture, then beat it together well.

Put the mixture into a cake loaf tin.

Warm the oven up at 175 Celsius, and put the cake in for about 30 minutes. (And check it at the 20 minute mark just in case the baking time in the recipe actually works in your oven).