Durian Ice Cream Recipe

20 Feb , 2014 Food,Travel

Durian Ice Cream Recipe

Last year when I visited the wonderful City of Roses, Portland, Oregon, my friends took me to eat a fantastic meal that is forever etched in my mind and the one thing that literally left a lasting taste on my breath was – DURIAN ICE CREAM.

During the summer I bought an ice cream machine from The Good Guys for $10! So I thought I’d give it a spin. I really bought it because I wanted to make Durian ice cream – just as good as the one I tried at the Whiskey Soda Lounge – the bar to go to when Pok Pok is packed!

It was sooooo good and I wanted to recreate it.


So after some great trials and lots of failed attempts, I thought I’d share this durian ice cream recipe that I put together. It tastes just like creamy durian that you get semi-frozen. What more could you want right?

So here goes.. my Durian Ice Cream recipe that tastes as good as the one at Whiskey Soda Lounge! Yes, I said it!

(PS – It was really unfortunate that I didn’t take any photos of the product, so maybe these ones from google might be tantalising enough! Yup, clearly stamped with Groupon symbol. LOL)

Durian Ice Cream


Start with a basic Vanilla Ice Cream (I got this one from Laura Vitale – Laura in the Kitchen)


  • 3/4 cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup of Whole Milk
  • 1 cups of Heavy Cream
  • 5 Egg Yolks
  • ¼ tsp of Salt
  • 1/4 tsp of Vanilla Extract

Plus two segments of DURIAN (which ever is your favourite. I bought it frozen and cut up already, but if you have it fresh, even better!)


1) In a small saucepan, add the cream and milk and bring to a simmer.

2) In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar for 3 to 4 minutes or until it turns a pale colour and thickens in consistency.

3) Pour 1 cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture while whisking, then pour the egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining milk mixture and cook over low heat for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the custard thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon.

Make sure to do the “Wooden Spoon” test by lifting up the spoon that you’ve used to stir the mixture and allow some of the contents to coat the back of the wooden spoon. Run a finger through the centre of the spoon. If both sides of the contents stay separated, then you’re mixture is ready.

4) Add the pieces of durian,  vanilla and salt. Stir to combine and let the durian soak into the mixture.

5) Strain through a fine sieve in a clean bow land push the durian through the sieve to get maximum flavour.  Put in refrigerator to chill for 4 hours minimum or up to overnight.

6) Once your custard has chilled, (make sure you read the instructions on your ice cream machine in case you have to place the insert in the freezer overnight) add the mixture in as per your ice cream machine’s instructions.

7) Once ready, scoop out and serve immediately for a smooth soft serve consistency or place it back in the freezer for a few more hours.

I guarantee you will love this treat! Anyone who loves durian will love this!

Those who don’t like durian, this is an easier way to enjoy durian.

Enjoy! xxx



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