Durians are known for their distinct, overpowering smell, which many describe the smell similar to rotten onions, turpentine, and raw sewage. As such, durians are usually banned from hotels in Asia but not at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa (STAR).

STAR’s executive Sous Chef Zebdelone Chal Singh, a hardcore durian lover, brought the taste of durians to another level by burning the fruit and called it “Cheesy Durian Melt”.

The durian is first burned in charcoal for approximately 15 to 20 minutes until charred to give out a “milky” taste and creamy texture. Mozzarella and Cheddar cheese are then added on the fruit and blowtorched to give it an additional smoky flavour. Despite the way of cooking the durians, Zebdelone assures that it doesn’t mask the taste of the fruits.

STAR’s Cheesy Durian Melt is available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 3pm onwards at Kinabalu Wing car park.

The price for the whole grilled durian is RM98 nett and additional RM28 nett for cheesy melt.

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