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Dining in Indonesia During the Durian Season

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Durian season comes only twice a year, but when it does, it is foremost on the minds of durian-lovers, which is probably the majority of people in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Some people go as far as eating only durian for a meal – durian with rice, followed by durian for dessert – which makes it one of the simplest meals to prepare!

If you are thinking of having Indonesian food for your next family dinner, here is a more well-rounded meal plan that features durian only for starter and dessert.

1. Starter - Durian

Choose and Open Durians
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Durians can be eaten at anytime of the day, and makes a welcome starter because sometimes we just cannot wait until the end of the meal to savor the King of fruits.

Let the Feast Begin!

2. Soup – Sup Ayam

Soup Noodles
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Sup Ayam is usually served with noodles, however, if its only the soup you’re after, this recipe works well too – just omit the noodles. The soup is full of herbs and spices that will help you regain the energy expended during a hard day’s work.

3. Vegetables - Gado Gado

Indonesian Salad with Satay Sauce
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While this delicious salad with tofu and lots of vegetables can be a meal in itself, it also makes a wonderful second course. Enjoy it with some satay sauce.

4. Dip – Satay Sauce

Sambal Satay
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The satay sauce is a versatile spicy peanut dip that will win over all your guests. You can make big portions of this beforehand and store them in the freezer. Simply heat up whatever you need when you need it.

5. Main Course – Pepes Udang

Indonesian Steamed Prawns
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Shrimps may not be everyone’s favorite but these colorful, steamed and succulent shrimps will go very well with most other Indonesian dishes.

6. Accompaniment – Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng
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This Indonesian Fried Rice can be eaten on its own and will also go extremely well with the Pepes Udang. Some people may prefer plain white rice, so it’s a good idea to cook a small portion and have some ready in case there are any requests for it.

7. Dessert – Durian Ice-cream

Durian Ice-cream
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Durian ice-cream is the obvious piece de resistance to be savored at the end of the meal. Selamat Makan!

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