When Malaysia (then Malaya) was still under British rule back in the 1900s, stories went that the wife of a British officer fainted from the pungent smell of durian, after coming across servants carrying the thorny fruit lol.
The account was probably an exaggeration…. or was it? Some Westerners are notoriously bad at downing durian, like famous food host Andrew Zimmern (who described it as having the texture of ‘rotten custard’).
Malaysians, on the other hand, are crazy about durian.
Come durian season, you’ll be able to see makeshift ‘durian buffet’ stalls by the roadside, where diners can sit, pick their durians and feast on the creamy flesh to their hearts content. These spots are almost always full, and people will go to great lengths to have their favourite variants, like the famous Musang King can fetch prices upwards of RM80 per kilo! insert $$$ signs here
Durian lovers living in and around Puchong can rejoice – coz now there’s a nice cafe-cum-resto dedicated to all things durian.
When I mean all things durian, I MEAN all things durian. Like durian fried rice. Durian pizza. Salted egg durian rice. Combis that I never imagined would be possible.
It was very busy during our visit on a Saturday night. The shop is divided into indoor and outdoor dining areas. Even coming from the basement, the scent of durian was already wafting down through the staircase – so you can imagine how it smells: heaven for some, garbage dump for others. 😀
A variety of durian-infused ice cream flavours.
The menu features everything from Durian Chicken Steak to Durian Seafood Fried Rice. Sounds funky but hey – never try never know (?).
For the less adventurous, there are also regular items like noodles and fried rice. OR you can just chow down on the fruit and desserts.
The outdoor dining area where you can choose your own durians and the friendly staff will cut them open for you. They also provide buckets for you to dispose of the shells.
Highly prized Musang Kings from Raub, Pahang.
Assorted durian goodies: biscuits, coffee, drinks, snacks, sweets, etc. with a few tropical fruit flavours thrown in such as rambutan, mangosteen, mango and coconut.
Durian-shaped cake, made from real XO durian.
Exploring done, S and I settled down to our orders: Sago Durian and (right) Durian Cendol ice blended drinks. A bit on the pricey end at RM16.90 but you this ain’t that cheap flavourin’ y’all – we could taste actual bits of durian flesh in the blend. Thick, creamy and rich without being cloying, it was well balanced with a milky aftertaste. The two drinks were very similar in terms of taste, the only difference being one had cendol and the other sago.
Also got a durian crepe to share. The pillowy crepes were filled with fresh cream and a base of durian paste. They took it out of the freezer so it was a bit hard; would have been excellent after thawing for just a little more.
Verdict: Durianity will definitely satisfy durian lovers and those keen on trying something adventurous like durian pizza or fried rice. I’m not that crazy that I want to eat rice with durian, but in the future, who knows?
G21, IOI Boulevard, Jalan Kenari 6, Puchong, 47170 Puchong, Selangor
Opening hours: 1045AM – 11PM (daily)