Ah.. Cempedak, one of my favourite fruits. It’s so fragrant and sweet, much richer than a jackfruit. Cempedak smells really strong, but I guess its smell is not as ‘unique’ as a durian so perhaps foreigners may like it more. Don’t get me wrong – I love durian too. 😛
I made this a few months back when cempedak was in season and abundant. My mum bought a big cempedak from the supermarket and we were very excited to open and eat it. To our dismay, the fruit only contained three small pieces of fruit! Super disappointing, considering it was $4!
So my dad went to buy another cempedak. This time he bought a bigger and HEAVIER one. We opened it and inside was about 20 ripe and sweet fruit pieces. Lesson learnt – when picking cempedak, do not just look at the size of the fruit. You need to weigh it too to make sure there is substance inside.