Friday 8 July 2011

[Durian Feast] Durian Pancake vs Durian Steamed Cake vs Steamed Durian Egg Custard

Despite of the hot and terrible humid weather going on for the past weeks I am still craving for these "Durian Treats" instead of some cooling stuffs like herbal jelly, ice kacang or cheng teng. Durian is one of my favourite fruit since childhood and I have use it to create many different recipes in this blog such as Durian Fried Rice, Double-boiled Durian Chicken Soup, Durian Chocolate Chiffon Cake and etc.

And in this post I will be sharing 3 quick and easy recipes on snack and dessert using Durian as one of the key ingredients. Do let me know which your favourite Durian Dessert!!!!

I am sure most of you love the Durian Pancake from either Four Seasons, Emicakes, Teng Yu (鼎优) or etc. To be honest I am also one of the fans from Four Seasons who loves their Durian Pancake and Durian Puffs. Here I would like to share a simple recipe where you can either make a thin and crispy or thick and fluffy pancake wrapper for your durian pancake.

Ingredients: (makes 6, 12cm diameter pancakes)
100g Plain Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Double Acting Baking Powder
200ml Thick Coconut Milk/Fresh Milk
1 Egg, 60g
70g Caster Sugar
Pinch of Salt

200g Fresh Durian Pulp, seeds removed

1. Sift plain flour and double acting baking powder together.

2. Beat egg and sugar until creamy and fluffy (about 3 - 4 minutes) before stirring in the flour mixture.

3. Next add in remaining ingredients, mix well to form a smooth batter.

4. Set batter aside in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

5. Heat up a non-stick pan, lightly grease it with cooking oil and add in 1 1/2 tablespoon of batter, swirl pan and cook the pancake skin over medium low heat. (for thin and crispy wrapper reduce to 3/4 tablespoon and swirl it as thin as possible)

6. Turn the pancake over when you see large air holes appearing on it(refer to the photo above) and cook for another 1 minutes or less depend on its thickness.

7. To serve, scoop some mashed Durian pulp onto pancake skin and fold into half to form semi-circle. Serve immediately or keep in the fridge for cold version.

~ If using Fresh Milk, reduce the amount to 150 - 180ml and stir in slowly to achieve pancake batter consistency.

~ You can prepare the batter the night before and use it for breakfast with other fillings such as jam, honey, peanut butter and etc.

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On the other hand if you want something more filling for tea-time or morning breakfast perhaps you could consider making some of these Durian Steamed Cake using a packet of instant pancake flour mixture to whip up these soft and fluffy steamed cake in 15 minutes.

A few weeks back while looking around the food section at Daiso, I happened to see one of it's Japanese Recipe Books featured a similar steamed cake that I would to try using Japanese Pancake flour. So with my limited knowledge on Japanese words and the help of some photos illustration I managed try out the recipe translated before with this pancake flour shown above.

Ingredients: (makes 4)
100g Pancake Flour
1 Large Egg
3 Tablespoon Caster Sugar
2 Tablespoon Corn Oil
50ml Fresh Milk
Fresh Durian Pulp, toppings

The end result of these steamed cake are very close to FourLeaves, Japanese Steamed Cake texture which is light, soft and fluffy. And you can always mix and match with different ingredients such as Matcha, Cocoa Powder, Orange and etc.

1. Using a balloon whisk, beat egg and sugar till foamy and pale (about 3 minutes).

2. Stir in Oil and Fresh Milk in sequence then follow by the pancake flour till well combined.

3. Lastly toss in 1 tablespoon of durian pulp, mix well. Spoon mixture into prepared foil/ramekins cups that are lined with paper liners.

4. Top each cup batter with some durian pulp and place the cups in steamer/wok(with boiling water in it), cover and steam over high heat for about 10 - 12 minutes(depending on the size) or until a skewer inserted into one of the cake and comes out clean.

5. Alternatively, you can add some corn kernels together with durian pulp as topping too.

Finally for something smooth and creamy, if remember a few months ago I have shared a recipe on the "Steamed Milk With Egg Whites"(recipe HERE) with toppings such as Purple Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkin. For this post I will be using a similar recipe to make a Durian version for all the Durian fans.

Ingredients: (serves 2)
200ml Fresh Milk
2 Large Egg White, (60g egg)
2 Tablespoons Sugar
100g Fresh Durian pulp
Extra Durian Pulp, for topping

1. Add milk in a microwave safe bowl, heat on HIGH powder for 60 - 90 seconds (depend on microwave voltage) till milk is warm. Add in sugar and stir till dissolved. Set aside

2. Gently beat the egg whites till a bit frosty. Sieved it over a fine sieve into the milk mixture.

3. Give it a few stir using a fork or chopstick to mix well.

4. Place 1 to 1.5 tablespoon of fresh durian pulp into each rice bowl (size about 250 - 300ml) and use the back of a spoon gently press and spread out the durian pulp evenly in the bowl.

5. Next slowly sift in the milk mixture into each bowl. Wrapped it with microwave safe cling-wrap.

6. Steam over medium heat for 8 minutes, open the clear wrap, add extra durian pulp as topping then continue to steam on medium heat for another 1 - 1 1/2 minutes till slightly firm.

7. Remove from heat and serve warm or cold.

Above photo shows are my collection of recipes using Durian as one of the Main Ingredients. If you are interested to read more about it, you can click on the related link HERE. Lastly I hope you would like the 3 NEW Durian recipes above and do share with me your feedback if you try.


  1. Ellena, this is AMAZING!  I love your post (and I missed your post)!  I think I have tried durian maybe...once?  All of them look so delicious!  In Chinese market here they sell durian, but I'm not sure how I can prepare...gotta ask my husband.  All of your recipes look awesome!  And yes a lot of people use pancake mix to make steam cake.  My favorite mix is Morinaga brand. :-)  

  2. Thanks Nami. Emmm those Durian that you find in Chinese Town Market are probably frozen type which already lost most of it's taste and fragrant :( But don't worry if you do come by to Singapore I can bring you go try the real and fresh type which you might like it :)

  3. Parsley Sage8/7/11 9:16 pm

    So cool!  I've never had durian before but holy cow I clearly need to find it.  Great recipes, thanks for sharing!

  4. WOW, i bet you are a durian lover, impressed with all your creations using durian...YUM!

  5. Adora Ding9/7/11 6:10 pm

    My husband is mad about durian. He'll just gorge on it even if he 's banned from bed as a consequence. I can't say I like it that much. The pancakes look delicious and fluffy though.

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  7. Look delicious! gloria

  8. Look absolutely delicious

  9. Ash Nichols12/7/11 2:14 am

    Excellent recipes and I love the step by step illustrations!

    ~ The Tuckerbag ~

  10. They all looks so very fantastic and mouthwatering delicious. Glad to find your blog :)

  11. What a great way of using durian. Just to bad they don't have fresh ones here. I always have to buy them frozen and then there is not even enough for me to eat so can't use them for cooking..yet..

  12. Thanks Sonia :) So do u like durian?

  13. Don't worry Lilly, I am sure there will be a chance when you are back home where durian are more accessible than what you had now. :)

  14. gosh! u make me drool and need to find durian soon
    but my sore throat now has to be prioritized first - hiks....
    thks for sharing! :)

  15. Man, I am salivating over your durian pancake!

  16. Mochachocolata Rita13/7/11 9:24 am

    ohhh I want them all! yummeh! especially the pancake, I need to try it asap (when my helper is off, she can't stand durian ^_^')

  17. owa, so tasty !
    i like these!

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  18. food-4tots18/7/11 1:42 am

    I love anything durian. Your durian recipes look very yum especially the first one. Definitely a must try in my to do list. ;)

  19. Thanks LK :) I love your steamed cake recipes too :)

  20. You make me miss durians! Can't get good Malaysian durians over here. The Thailand durians are not as good as the Malaysian variety.

  21. Hmmm this recipe looks so delicious and nice. Even it doesen`t like a very easy recipe i think i will try it. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Hi, Thanks for the Pancake recipe. I made this for my family yesterday. They like it very much.  It not only tastes good when is eaten plain and it is also much healthier without melted butter that many other pancake recipes call for.

  23. Hi Monica, Glad that you like this recipe and it finished taste :)

  24. Hmmm this recipe looks so delicious and nice. Even it doesen`t like a very easy recipe i think i will try it. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Hmmm this recipe looks so delicious and nice. Even it doesen`t like a very easy recipe i think i will try it. Thanks for sharing.

  26. can i use MORINAGA PANCAKE mix for the steam durian cake?
    Beside, i saw your post of below link of TAIYAKI.

    which mean, i can use this pancake mix to do :-
    ~ steam durian cake (as show above)
    ~ pancake (as should above)
    ~ taiyaki

    am i right?


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