March 02, 2013

What makes a durian tart?


Durian. When it comes to this thorn-covered fruit, I know most people share two different opinions. Some would say that it's foul-smelling, hence, it's not something they enjoy. Others would say that it's the exact opposite. I belong to the latter. I don't know about everyone else, but I always found the smell of durian very inviting. It's because of this that I actually enjoy any pasalubong that's made from it. One of my favorites would have to be eating durian in tart-form.

This is why I was delighted when I found out that Chinito's had them in stock this afternoon.
For the sake of my non-Zamboangueño readers, Chinito's is a local restaurant here in our city. I don't know much about the place's background, but I do know it's been around for quite some time since I remember it from my elementary days. I think there's a good reason why it's still here even if most restaurants tend to disappear here in Zamboanga. (P.S. To me, this is such a sad fact.) They serve really good food that's within most people's price ranges. One of the things that they're known for are their desserts.

I'd love to talk about their mango float and banoffee, but I'll have to reserve that for some other time. Let's focus on their durian tart. I'm not sure if you can say that it's a new edition to their menu because I heard from their chef that he made these tarts because one of their clients requested for it. I can understand why. It's different than most store-bought durian tarts. It's like eating the real thing, actually. The filling was chewy. It wasn't overwhelmingly sweet like I expected it to be. It's something all durian-lovers would enjoy. The crust was a bit thin. That's a big deal to me because I actually enjoy eating the crust of pies/tarts, but maybe most people will just overlook that part. :D

If you're curious, they cost P40 a piece. I think the price is okay since you don't get a tart that only hints at tasting like durian. It's actually worth it if you're looking for the fruit itself within the filling and not just a semblance of it.

Mom and I visited Chinito's today because she made reservations for a special event. I'll write more about their food and the place itself when that day comes. <3

42 comments :

  1. my favorite delicacy made of durian is the pastillas. yum!

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  2. Durian tarts. Haven't had one; but I love to try!

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  3. I didn't know Chinito's sell the durian tart! I like durian tarts!!!

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  4. Interesting! It looks so yummy, I wonder how it tastes! :)

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  5. haven't tasted a durian tart, looks delicious

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  6. Oh, I love durian tarts! :) I always get some whenever I go to Davao. This last time I went, I wasn't able to get some because it was raining. hehe

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  7. Durian is a perfect example of the saying, don't judge the book by its cover (don't judge the fruit by it''s outer smell). Love durian!

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  8. I don't eat durian per se, what I eat are the tarts and candy only. :)

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  9. They look delicious. I'll try that when I'm in ZC.

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  10. I haven't had a taste of the fresh durian. Only in candies and sweets.
    This is another great way to enjoy durian.

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  11. i haven't tried durian yet (except for the durian candy LOl) pero I'm really eager talaga ..wala kasi ditong durian sa cavite :(

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    1. I hope you'll be able to get a taste of it soon, then. :)

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  12. In Davao, durians are sold in the streets. They're literally everywhere! I used to like durian so much but since I got pregnant and until now, parang ayoko na. I still eat durian pastries, though!

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    1. Not surprised since Davao can be looked at as the "home of durian". :))

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  13. I haven't eaten Durian fruits but some of my colleagues here would give us Durian candies. Those Durian tarts look really yummy. Is the center moist?

    Mommy Maye2

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    1. I guess so. If you've tried homemade durian jam, the filling of the tart is quite similar to it. :)

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  14. I don't find the durian smelly at all. Oh, by the way, I want to try the fruit itself since I've tried some products flavored with it.

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  15. I like durian as candy and maybe the tart, but I just can't eat it fresh lol

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  16. The tarts look delicious. I don't think I've had durian but it sounds like a fruit that you either love or don't love. :-)
    Have a great week!
    Eliz

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  17. What can I say, durian was my first love when I went to Davao a couple of years back. It's a very healthy treat

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  18. Tates real good! I love durian in whatever form.

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  19. I like the candy made from Durian although I don't exactly find the smell inviting. I haven't tasted Durian tart. Wondering about how it tastes right now.

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  20. I'm not really sure if I've eaten durian in my whole life. I've heard so much about this fruit.

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  21. I don't like Durian as a fruit but when it's tarts, candies and other desserts, I love it.

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  22. wow, durian tart is a different one; masarap?

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  23. I don't eat Durian but it looks cool as a tart.

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  24. I tried egg tart, langka tart but never durian tart.. candy pa lang natitikman ko at sorang tagal na nun...

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  25. I havent had dirian, or durian tart for that matter. Its in my " to eat " list na.

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  26. Durian is one of the best fruits in the world minus the smell.. hehe

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  27. A lot of people find the strong smell offensive but I think it's not that bad. I have eaten it in the unprocessed state and it's okay.

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  28. one of my favorite fruit. i tried durian jam, durian yema, durian candy, and also durian tart.

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  29. My family adores durian! But we have not tried this. Good thing, we can have our durian craving from Magnolia ice cream anytime and it tastes like the real fruit talaga!

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  30. durian thats one of my fave fruits. i should try this tart! yummy!

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  31. oh my! I'm craving for tarts.. :(

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  32. I don't eat durian but this tart looks enticing. :)

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  33. When I was in college, my classmate brought durian (the fruit) in school. She shared it to everyone in the classroom before our class started. When our prof came in, he was looking like "what was that smell?". Haha! Anyway, i love tarts too. Hmm, I should try this durian tart. :-)

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  34. I miss durian jam. So I guess, I'd have to try that out someday. One on my must-try food. I'm accumulating many now because of all the blog hops.

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  35. Sigurado if you bring this to Singapore sold out yan!=)

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  36. I'm sure masarap yan. Special durian tarts :)

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  37. Wahhh Durian Tarts!!! I love durian as much as my wife hates it. hahaha! I missed eating durian.

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  38. durian...mmm...not really a big fan of durian.

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