This Durian Milkshake is creamy, refreshing, and filled with that fruity stank that we know and love. It's ready in less than 5 minutes but will spoil you for the rest of eternity.
There's nothing like sipping on a Durian milkshake at your favorite Vietnamese restaurant. It's honestly so good. It's fruity, sweet, and has that funky aroma that is so alluring.
Although it's most popular in South East Asia, it's also widespread in China. But, I always wondered why Chinese restaurants never served Durian milkshakes while other Durian desserts were always on the menu. Durian milkshakes are refreshing and pair so well with the bold flavors of many Chinese dishes.
In this blog post, I'll show you how easy it is to make authentic, restaurant-quality durian milkshakes at home.
🍹 What is it?
Durian milkshakes are a popular beverage in South East Asia, where the weather is hot and Durian fruit is plentiful. Durians are large and spiky fruits known for their strong odor when ripe. Beneath their spiky surface lies a delicious yellow flesh with a unique flavor and a tender and custardy texture. Durians can be eaten by themselves but are usually combined with other ingredients in Asian desserts and drinks.
Durian milkshakes are traditionally made with durian, milk, condensed milk, and ice. However, I've discovered that using ice cream instead of condensed milk produces a creamier and more delicious flavor. Also, most smoothie recipes call for only a few tablespoons of condensed milk, leaving the rest of the can unused. Durian smoothies without condensed milk are less wasteful.
- Frozen durian - You can substitute with fresh durian too, but frozen will keep the milkshake thicker and colder longer. You can find frozen durian in the freezer section of most Asian grocery stores. Fresh is usually only available in the summer months.
- Vanilla Ice cream - Adds richness and sweetness.
- Milk - Give a smooth and drinkable consistency.
Step 1. Into blender
Add durian, ice cream, and milk to the blender cup.
Step 2. Mix
Mix on medium-high speed until smooth. Use your blender's tamper to push down ingredients if the milkshake gets stuck.
💡 Blender tamper
Some high-speed blenders include a blender tamper tool used to mix and process thick, difficult blends. It's usually a long, stick-like tool that fits through a hole in the lid and breaks up air pockets by pushing ingredients into the blades while the blender is running.
Here's a video showing how to use a tamper for a Vitamix blender.
Pour into a tall glass and serve with whipped cream on top. Enjoy!
💭 Top Tips
- Consider freezing your cups for 10 minutes before serving so your milkshake stays cold longer. Ensure your cup are freezer-safe
- To avoid adding extra liquid to get things moving, use the blender tamper to push down the ingredients while blending.
- Use frozen durian to keep your milkshake colder and thicker for longer. Or cut fresh durian into chunks and freeze for 1 hour before making the milkshake. Remember to remove the seeds.
- Banana - Add one banana to give it a fruitier taste and smooth velvety consistency—it's also a good opportunity to get your potassium in.
- Vegan - Replace ice cream with one cup of ice cubes and milk with any non-dairy alternative like coconut, oat, or almond. Add 1 tablespoon of sweeteners like agave, maple, or simple syrup.
🥡 Storage & Leftovers
Storing: Refrigerate any leftover durian milkshake in an air-tight container for up to one day. Alternatively, you can freeze it in an air-tight freezer container for up to a month. When you want to eat it, allow it to defrost in the refrigerator for one hour, then re-blend it with milk and any other additional ingredients you desire.
📖 Recipe FAQs
Durian milkshakes have a distinct flavor due to the taste of the durian fruit. They're creamy, sweet, and custard-like, with a strong durian aroma. If you like durian desserts, you'll like durian smoothies because they have similar characteristics: sweetness and a strong durian flavor.
Fresh durian is typically available during the summer months. In non-Asian countries, you can usually find these in Chinatown markets and Asian grocery stores. Remember that fresh durian may not always be fresh, even if labeled as such. It may have previously been frozen and simply defrosted before being sold. However, the label will usually state "previously frozen." In such cases, you should opt for frozen durian because it'll no longer have the benefits of fresh durian but will be more expensive. Frozen durian is available year-round and can be found in the freezer section of Asian grocery stores.
Durian seeds are fairly large, so removing them is neither difficult nor time-consuming. Remove the seeds by gently pressing your knife into the yellow flesh and working your way around them. It is not overly difficult.
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- 1 high-speed blender
- 1 cup frozen durian (seeds removed)
- 2 cup vanilla ice cream
- ¾ cup milk
- whipped cream (optional)
- Add durian, ice cream, and milk to the blender cup.
- Mix on medium-high speed until smooth. Use your blender's tamper to push down ingredients if the milkshake gets stuck. Pour into a tall glass and serve with whipped cream.