A wide variety of melons are available throughout southeast Asia. These include the honeydew and casaba melons, cantaloupe, and others. Melons are often simply sliced and eaten fresh as a dessert or snack. They can also be made into juices or mixed with other foods (e.g. coconut milk or pearl sago) to make a number of desserts.
Market and storage tips For canteloupes and similar melons, rub the stem spot and smell. If there is no smell, don't buy it. Then shake the melon and listen for a sloshing sound. Sloshing indicates that the melon is over ripe. Watermelons should be rapped with a knuckle. A hollow sound indicates maturity. The white spot where the melon lay on the ground turns slightly yellow when it is ripe.