I wanted to break the durian open but I never know how. I mean I never knew the proper way. I might damage the seed and pulp upon opening. I have been hearing the proper way of opening the fruit from my colleagues but never had a chance to see it actual. My only choice was a guessing game.
While assessing the fruit from a distance, I noticed five vague lines drawn from the stalk down to fruit tip. The numerous spines covering the fruit made the line almost unnoticeable. The lines were equally spaced that it divided the fruit into five parts. Maybe I should cut the fruit along the lines, and that was what I did. I carefully cut two adjacent lines with a saw knife. I made the cut not too deep to prevent any possible pulp and seed damage.
The delectable pulp was notoriously sticking to my fingers. It might be a good material for holding sugar and milk powder together. Besides, no one wanted to eat it but me so I decided to take it to the next level, making a durian candy or pastillas.
I discarded all the seeds and added enough sugar to taste. Taking off the seeds was a real mess. Mixed the two materials thoroughly until well blended. Added and mixed powdered milk continually until it became tacky and could be form into candies or pastillas. Sprinkled corn starch to my hand and began forming the final products. Cornstarch was necessary to prevent the mixture from sticking to hand.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.