10 Ways to Eat Durian

Try out Durian. You won’t regret it.

Durian, as a fruit, has an ongoing love – hate relationship with the eating public. By love – hate I mean, it’s either you love it or you hate it. I’ve seen people who wouldn’t come within a mile from a durian fruit because they absolutely hate the smell and, consequently, they don’t want to eat this fruit. On the other hand, I’ve seen people literally gorge themselves in a durian eat – all – you – can festival, which is their idea of heaven.

Personally, I grew up hating this fruit. The one time my father brought us durian fruit from one of his trips, I ended up being so nauseated from the smell, I didn’t eat anything at all. But being married to a durian – lover and having friends who are also durian lovers, I’ve acquired a taste for this fruit. I’m not exactly crazy about it but I don’t hate it either.

What’s interesting about durian fruit is that there are a lot of ways you can eat (or drink) it. Search the internet and you can find various pictures, posts, etc. about food and drinks derived from Durian Fruit. Go to Davao City, Philippines, or Thailand or Malaysia and you will personally see what I’m talking about.

In this hub, I’ve compiled (ONLY) 10 ways to eat the Durian fruit. I’m pretty sure there are lots more out there but heck, if I get all of them, one hub or two or three will definitely not enough. So here are the 10 ways to eat Durian.

Frozen Durian

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As a Fruit

First is, of course, the fruit itself. If you want to experience firsthand the honest – to – goodness taste of durian, then by all means, buy the fresh fruit from the market, open it and eat it. Do not mind the smell and do not inhale too much. Some types of durian fruit are sweet, others are sweet but with a taste of bitterness in them.

Tip: If you want to experience eating the fruit but not smelling that smell, why not opt for a frozen durian fruit? I’ve tried it and I swear, it tastes like the fresh fruit. Of course, you will have to thaw the fruit first before you can eat it but that was the first time I started to like eating the fruit and I’m sure I’m not the first to have this experience. So try it.

Another tip: Hate the smell of durian on your fingers after you eat the fruit? Rub your fingers on the inside pulp several times then wash them with soap and water. I swear it works and it will really get the smell and the stickiness out of your fingers. Now the smell of durian on your breath? That's another matter.

Durian Muffin

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Durian muffin

Now this one I have yet to try but I’m pretty sure it tastes as good as it looks. It’s just like any muffin, only the ingredient used was durian. You can use fresh durian or frozen durian, take your pick.

Durian Shake

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Durian Shake

Okay, this one, you don’t exactly eat the durian fruit, you drink it. Durian shake does not exactly taste like the real thing but you’ll know it’s there because of that distinct durian taste. No amount of milk or sugar can really mask that taste, and that’s what makes this shake really delicious. Definitely, a shake that’s perfect for durian – lovers who want to quench their thirst during summer.

Durian Coffee

Two kinds of durian iced coffee in Blugre.
Two kinds of durian iced coffee in Blugre. | Source

Durian Coffee

Another way to, er, drink durian is durian coffee. Whether hot or cold, this beverage makes for a really interesting experience. In Davao City, Philippines, where I’ve been countless of times, there’s just one café I know of that serves this drink – BluGre Café. Of course, the coffee taste is definitely more prominent but there’s a slight durian smell and a durian aftertaste. For those coffee – lovers out there, this is one experience you certainly don’t want to miss.

Taken from my camera
Taken from my camera

Durian Pie

Okay, we’re back to eating. The durian pie is still another way of eating this awesome fruit. It’s just like any other pie but then again, I don’t think there’s a pie that has the same texture as this one. There’s definitely the durian taste and the durian texture in the durian pie I’ve tried before. But fret not, the smell is simply not there. So even if you don't like the fruit, you'll definitely want to try the durian pie.

Durian Cheesecake

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Durian Cheesecake

One delightful way of eating durian is through a creamy, delicious durian cheesecake. Check out the picture I have on the right side and you will see what I mean. The cheese really blends well with the taste of durian and the texture is just right. If you happen to be in Davao City, Philippines, visit Lachi’s and order their durian cheesecake, you definitely will not regret it.

Durian Ice Cream

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Durian Ice Cream

Want something cold to eat? Then why not try durian ice cream. The durian taste is definitely there but no aftertaste. The one we tried before has real durian bits in it. There are other samples I saw in the Internet that look like pure ice cream placed inside a wafer cone (mmmmm!). So if you happen to see durian ice cream in the market, grab one and try it.

Durian Candy

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Durian Candy

Or durian pastillas, or durian chocolate, or durian yema, or whatever you want to call it, durian candy is really for those who wants to try out the durian taste without necessarily going through the whole experience of (smelling and) eating the durian fruit. I say try out because really, the durian taste is kind of overpowered by the sugar and the milk ingredients. For those who visit cities or countries where there are lots of durian, the durian candy is definitely a great ‘pasalubong’ (souvenir or something you can take home to your friends).

Durian Pancake

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Durian Pancake

Durian pancake is another dessert from durian. I haven’t really seen this up close and personal but it looks like it would make a great and delicious dessert. Based on the recipe I found, durian is not the only ingredient here. There are bananas, sugar, coconut cream, coconut flesh and even passion fruit ice cream (which is really just something to accompany the durian pancake, not really an ingredient blended in). Just reading the ingredients would make one really curious about it and I would definitely love to order it in a local restaurant (if I can find one that serves this, that is).

Durian Egg Tart

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Durian Egg Tart

Last but not the least, the durian egg tart. This is kind of like the cheesecake but with a different texture and a different look. Cheese is also a main ingredient, but it looks to be softer, especially the crust. From what I’ve read, people who have tasted this swore that it tastes as good or even better than the ordinary egg tart. It looks delicious. And the taste? Definitely durian.

Now there you have it. Just some of the ways you can eat (or drink) durian. If you’re one of those who aren’t fond of eating durian, after reading this hub, have you changed your mind?

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someonewhoknows 5 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

Never saw it anywhere ,much less tried it.Is this the fruit of tree God told Adam and Eve not to eat! I know everyone seems to think it was the apple.At,least that's the bible story.This fruit seems to fit the story better.


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emievil 5 years ago from Philippines Author

someonewhoknows, I don't know about the fruit of tree, always thought it was an apple, too. But it's interesting to hear that this fruit may very well be the one. thanks for being the first to comment on my hub.


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Foodstuff 5 years ago from Australia

Looooove Durians. Especially Musang King!


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Ingenira 5 years ago

Those are awesome ways to eat durian ! I have tried durian candy, durian cheesecake, and durian ice-cream.

I have also tried durian on ice (not sure what you called there, but I know you have it. In Malaysia we called it ABC - Air Batu Kacang).


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LeanMan 5 years ago from At the Gemba

I just can't, does not matter how hard I try, I just can't eat durian! Having been to Davao I have gotten used to the smell, but I just can't manage to eat it. I did try, on more than one occasion....


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emievil 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Foodstuff.

@Ingenira, you ought to try durian coffee, it's still coffee but the durian taste really makes it unique. Plus the durian shake, my husband swears by it.

@LeanMan, keep on trying, you'll get the hang of it. That's what I did. After my initial 'yuck' comment, I've learned to like the taste.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

I've never heard of it and thank youf introducing it,


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emievil 5 years ago from Philippines Author

You're more than welcome hello.


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jpcmc 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

It must be very difficult at first to live with a durian-loving spouse.LOL. I love durian but it still makes me nauseated. Tried Durian coffee in Davao and my friends immediately wanted Starbucks. Unfortunately for them there'were no branches there at that time. I'm not sure if there is one now. Love your hub. Voted up - the hub deserves it.


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emievil 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hey thanks jpcmc. I'm not sure if there's a Starbucks now in Davao. There's already one in Cagayan de Oro City so I'm sure there will be one soon in Davao. I'm learning to love durian but I still can't keep up with hubby. He used to eat the whole fruit by himself! Oh well. thanks for the vote up.


mtsi1098 5 years ago

Hey emievil - Thanks for the introduction to this fruit. Fruit is the one thing that I would try blindly (usually I need to know what is in food before I try) but I would give this a try - not in my coffee though :) thanks


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emievil 5 years ago from Philippines Author

You're welcome mtsi. Too bad about the coffee but at least, my hub convinced you to try it out. Do tell when you get your first taste of durian :). Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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yenajeon 5 years ago from California

Personally, I can't stand the smell of durian to even be able to put it into my mouth. (sorry!) But it's interesting because I LOVE coffee, I wonder how that would taste...


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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Interesting and salivating piece of information you actually shared in here.


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kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

What a shame, never knew we can make a cheesecake with durian! Thanks for telling us about this - very interesting :) Want to make a durian cheesecake soon.


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Injured lamb 5 years ago

Interesting hub! I love durian so much...but I prefer the durian fruit, it's fantastic! We buy durian almost every day during the durian season...thanks for introducing the different ways to eat durian. Cheers!


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emievil 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Injured Lamb (interesting name). Thanks for the comment. Durian fruit is still the best, although the durian cheesecake that we ate in Davao came close :).


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Stacie L 5 years ago

well,this is a first for me..never heard of it before and don't know where i can buy it locally.I like to learn about new things and durian is one of them.


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ignugent17 5 years ago

Thanks for promoting Durian. I came from Davao so I am very proud of that fruit and I love eating it. I know many people don't like because of the smell. I really appreciate your hub. Thanks emievil!!!


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

Never heard of it, but now I will look for it.


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gryphin423 5 years ago from Florida

I've only heard of it once on a Food Network show. You make me want to try it, even if it is just once. Thanks for sharing! :-)


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steveamy 4 years ago from Florida

cannot get it past my nose ...


Jenglot 4 years ago

There new product frm my cafe...."Durian Coffee" which is claim to be No 1 in penang....same manufactured for "Penang White Coffee"

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