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Durian flowers or blossoms is a rare treat because the trees blooms only for a few days, normally only once a year. Preparation is also labor-intensive. Hence restaurants do not serve them. Durian flowers can be stir fried with meat, belacan (fermented shrimp cake), or cookied in curry.
- How to collect durian blossoms,
- How to clean and prepare them,
- How to cook them.
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Durian flowers are in bloom now. It being leap year this year, somehow durian flowers are in abundance. I'm not sure whether that has been scientifically proven, but according to old folks, that's how it has always been.
There were plenty on sale at the neighbourhood market. Mom said that they were RM8.00 per kg at first, but the price quickly dropped to RM6.00 per kg as of now. But we did not have to buy those flowers as we got ours for free!
Durian flowers,anyone? This is an eye-opening dish for people outside Sarawak.I am not sure whether Sabahan and Brunei people do cook durian flowers as vegetable but for some people, it is a dish probably unheard of.As for the Kalimantan side,I am quite sure they too,enjoy this wonderful flowers as vegetables as we do .In Chinese is Liu lian hua (榴櫣花)。
How to cook durian flowers ?
A eye-opening dish that Sarawakians are crazy for. Sarawak is a wondrous place that is distinctly different from the other states in the Malaysian Federation. Their history is different (they gained independence from the British in July 1963 whereas Malaya or Peninsular Malaysia became independent in August 1957). Sarawakian culture is different (the ethnic mix is balanced between native Ibans, Malays, Bidayuh and other tribes plus Chinese while Malaya is majority Malay with Chinese and Indians making up the rest). And, Sarawakian food is different as well.
I was at a pot-luck dinner a couple of weeks ago, and Mr. Loh mentioned the sale of durian flowers at the 3rd. Mile bazaar. He also divulged into the way he prepared the flowers prior to cooking. Interestingly, a few days later, a batch of durian flowers arrived from Siburan courtesy of Mrs. Si.
By the time you read, the durian flower season is probably over. These flowers are not plucked, but fall from the tree on their own.
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Durian flower is a seasonal food. When the durian trees have produced flowers, it is a sign that the season is about to due in a few months time. It's heaven to eat but it's a hassle to prepare and it's best eaten on the same day they are collected from the orchard. Leave it for another day and it will get dull and doesn't taste as nice. There are many ways of cooking it. It can be stir fry with belacan, cook with curry powder or coconut milk. Drool!
Durian Flower - Bunga Durian - It is really something that I missed for so many years. I loved it when it was cooked with Santan and sambal belachan, l like it crispy, I like sticky like ladies finger or paku.. I just love it. When I was young, when the durian trees start to bloom, we will bring newspaper and put it under the trees and collect the flowers.. now where can i get it... For those youngsters who have never tried this before, in the event you were offered this, never reject it, try and you will never regret it.. So do durian flower have durian flavor?? Hunt for the flower, cooked and let us know!! Cheers.
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