Old Chang Kee’s Exclusive ‘Curry Day’ Flavours Are Unexpectedly Fruity – Will You Dare To Try Them?

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Back in June, Old Chang Kee announced that Curry Day 2018 will be taking place on 27 and 28 July 2018.

In case you missed the announcement, here’s the article.

They also announced that they will be unveiling 2 new exclusive Curry puffs closer to Curry Day 2018.

Enter Old Chang Kee’s new Durian Curry Chicken’O and Jackfruit Curry Chicken’O.

Curry With Jackfruit And…Durian?

Sometimes, pandering to local cuisine can take drastic turns, and this is one of them.

It may be Durian season but we’re not quite sure what to feel about mixing Durian and Curry.

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Jackfruit, on the other hand, might not be that much of a stretch, considering that jackfruit is a component used in curries in Bangladesh and other parts of Asia.

Here’s a look at the Durian Curry Chicken’O in all it’s pastel green glory.

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And the Jackfruit Curry Chicken’O.

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These new curry puffs will be available at Curry Day 2018 at Velocity@Novena Square.

It’ll cost $4 for 2 pieces for the new curry puffs. The Chilli Crab’O will also be available at Curry Day 2018.

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Other than the myriad of Curry puff flavours you’ll find there, there will also be curry puff crimping demonstrations, so you can make your own at home! The kids can also take part in spice art lessons!

Are you looking forward to trying the Durian Curry Chicken’O and Jackfruit Curry Chicken’O?

Curry Day 2018
Venue: Velocity @ Novena Square, 238 Thomson Road, Singapore 307683
Date: 27 – 28 Jul 2018

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Forget Geylang – This Durian Stall In Punggol Is A Hidden Gem, Serves Everything From D24 To MSW

Durian Empire SG

The thing about us durian lovers is that we’re all slightly crazy.

There’s just something about this thorny, creamy, pungent fruit that sparks a certain obsession in us.

Durian season is back in full swing and we definitely can’t wait to stuff our faces with durians. We recently came across a Durian spot that was set up “For Punggolians, By Punggolians”. Of course we had to check this place out.

Know Your Liu Lian

When we hear Punggol, we only think of BTOs and….Waterway Point? If you’re a hardcore durian fan then you know the best places with old school durian sellers would be in Geylang.

Nonetheless, we headed down to Durian Empire at Punggol Plaza to check what the hype is all about.

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We arrived at 7pm but there was already a long queue of Singaporeans waiting for their durians. And just like any typical Singaporean, we joined in the fun because our mothers always say, “Long queue means must be good”.

The queue may seem intimidating but it was constantly moving so you don’t have to worry about waiting in line for too long. They even gave out complimentary bottled water for their customers – 10/10 service.

We met with Martin, one of the founders of Durian Empire to ask him every question we ever wanted to ask a Durian Seller.

1. How do I know if the durian I picked is fresh?

A lot of people assume that watery durians are not good quality durians, but some people prefer this over the more creamier durians. So “freshness” is subjective in a sense.

Sometimes some durians may look good on the outside but the inside may still be underripe. You can also hit the durian to hear if it makes a “hollow” sound.

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2. Are the durians that are pre-packed in plastic/styrofoam sold in supermarkets fresh?

I think most Singaporeans don’t really like the packaged ones because of their perception that they’re “low-quality durians”. A lot of my friends have feed-backed that a lot of durian sellers pack the nice looking durians on the first row and the bad ones on the second row.

We want to be honest and have a long term relationship with our customers instead.

3. Do names (D24, Mao Shan Wang, Jin Feng) really matter?

The taste is really different. Taste is really subjective.

Not everyone loves Mao Shan Wang, some prefer XO because of the texture. Last time, I don’t think they got all these different types of durians. Only now, because of the cross-breeds, there’s all these different durians like Black Thorn etc.

4. Is there a sequence to eating durians?

Yes there is. Because of the overwhelming taste, if you taste something too strong and then go for the lighter one afterwards, it will just cover all the flavours and you won’t taste anything at all.

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You should eat the lighter ones first and save the stronger ones for last. For example, go for the D13, XO and save the Mao Shan Wang for last.

5. What durian would you recommend for first timers who are intimidated by the taste and smell of this fruit?

D13. This durian is not so overwhelming.

I would compare the D13 durian to cheddar because the taste is milder. The Musang King is like Blue Cheese because it is more flavourful. The Musang King is an acquired taste because not everyone would like the overwhelming flavour.

6. Are you sick of durian yet?

I still enjoy durian a lot. I’m not here every day so I don’t face durians as often as they (his colleagues) do.

I’m still okay, I still enjoy my durian.

The durians sold at Durian Empire are extremely cheap now. Their Mao Shan Wang durians are going for as low as $13/kg and their D13 for $8/kg. If you’re looking for a durian feast with your makan kaki, then this is the perfect place for you.


We tried two different MSW, one from JB and the other from Pahang. Both had intense flavours but I prefer the one from Pahang. It had a slight nutty taste to it making it not as jelak as the one from JB.

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The Pahang MSW’s flesh was thicker and had a heavier bitterness as compared to the JB MSW which was more watery and had a sharper sweetness to it. We tried their D13 and XO durians as well. Although not as intense as the MSW, they definitely did not lack in flavour.

Their selection of durians are definitely some of the best I’ve had in Singapore. They were smooth, creamy and almost buttery even. The durian instantly melts in your mouth once you eat it.

In other words, you know its a good durian when you go “OOOOOHHH” or “AAAHHH” on your first bite. It was shiok lah.

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The durians here are so good that they have customers from Bukit Panjang and Choa Chu Kang coming all the way to Punggol for their durians. Now that’s what you call dedication.

Unfortunately they don’t do delivery but if you’re lucky, you might just be able to reserve some durians for yourself if there’s enough for the walk-in customers as well.

If you’re a durian connoisseur, then you can’t miss out on the best and freshest durians from Durian Empire.

Durian Empire
Address: 168 Punggol Field, Punggol Plaza B1 Atrium, Singapore 820168
Opening Hours: Sun – Thurs: 4:30pm – 11pm, Fri – Sat: 4:30pm – 12:00 am

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McDonald’s Brings The Popular D24 Durian McFlurry To S’pore – Available From July 5

D24 Durian McFlurry

McDonald’s Singapore has constantly churned out hyperlocal food. From the Nasi Lemak burger, to the Chendol McFlurry, we’ve had it all.

However, McDonald’s Singapore isn’t the greatest purveyor of hyperlocal fast food. After all, McDonald’s is global.

2017 saw the sale of D24 Durian McFlurry in McDonald’s outlets in Malaysia, to the envy of Singaporeans.

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Come 5 July 2018, Singaporeans can channel all this green energy elsewhere because we’re FINALLY getting the D24 Durian McFlurry too!

Durian King Meets Fast Food King

While I’m not a big fan of durian, D24 or not, I am the exception rather than the norm.

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I remain skeptical because it took them years to start claiming that their fries are made with real potatoes.

For those of you who’ve tried the D24 Durian McFlurry in Malaysia last year, they only used durian syrup despite saying that they use real D24.

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So manage your expectations for this upcoming one.

And for those of you thinking of trying durian, this is a good place to start.

The D24 Durian McFlurry will be available from 5 July 2018 at all McDonald’s outlets islandwide.

Hopefully it won’t vanish as quickly as the McGriddles did.

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It’s Not Durian Season Yet, But You Can Get Mao Shan Wang For Just $12 This Week

My eyes will always light up at the sight of durians all lined up along Geylang or Sims Avenue.

I never quite understood why people hated the smell or taste of durians. It’s soft, creamy, sweet and savoury. Like what more do you want in a fruit?

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Durian is all the rage these days and guess who’s excited for $12 Mao Shan Wangs?

The King Of Fruits

If you haven’t already noticed, the weather has been ridiculously hot recently. The short walk from the MRT to the office has got me drenched in my sweat.

Thanks to the hot weather in Malaysia leading to a bumper crop, durian prices have dropped by up to 40%. That’s almost half the cost of the durian!

This is probably the only time I’m thankful for hot weather.

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Durian lovers would typically wait for durian season which is usually from June – September. That’s when we’d feast on endless supply of durians.

So having an unexpected mini durian season in the middle of March is great for us who are impatient.

Durian sellers have taken their durians to Facebook so you can compare prices.


I mean seriously, $15/kg for MSW? That’s crazy cheap. Just last month, it’d cost you at least $25-$28/kg.


So beautiful. Just beautiful.


That’s it, I’m packing my bags. I’m off to get durians.

Some sellers say that prices might go even lower over the next couple of days however there are others who believe that prices could return to normal next week.

Honestly, with that kind of price tag, I’ll buy 5 MSW. Durian prices are always unpredictable so snag yourself a durian before it’s too late.

Some durian sellers are already selling out of MSW, so hurry and make reservations for your durians.

But in all honesty, as much as I love durians, is the weather going to chill anytime soon?

Ah Seng Durian
Address: Blk 20 Ghim Moh Market #01-119 to #01-122, Singapore 270020
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 1.30pm – 8.30pm, Sat – Sun: 1.30pm – 6.30pm
Price: MSW – $15/kg

Melvin’s Durian
Address: 1 Upper Aljunied Lane (in front of Prime Supermarket), Singapore 360001
Opening Hours: 1pm – 11pm daily
Price: MSW – $13/kg

Durian Mpire by 717 Trading
Address: 22 Yio Chu Kang Road, Highland Center, #01-01, Singapore 545535
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily
Price: MSW – $15/kg

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Someone Finally Opened A Durian Specialty Cafe, And It Serves More Than The Typical Puffs And Cakes

Love them or hate them, durians are Singapore’s national fruit; unofficially, at least.

A fruit that is beloved for its sweet, creamy flesh that melts in your mouth, few varieties can match the almighty Mao Shan Wang variety when it comes to flavour.

A nice mix of sweet and bitter – and sometimes, both – it’s no wonder Mao Shan Wang durians are the most popular among Singaporeans.

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Simply called Mao Shan Wang Cafe, this durian specialty cafe is opened by Four Seasons Durian.

Situated in Chinatown, it serves fresh durian in a tantalising array of desserts including mochi, strudel, ice cream and coffee (yes, coffee) made using the king of fruit.

The First And Only Durian Specialty Cafe in Singapore

Considering the fanaticism this fruit inspires, it’s a wonder it’s taken this long for someone to open a durian specialty cafe.

Step into the cafe and you’ll be welcomed by the strong, unmistakable smell of durian – a heavenly scent for hardcore durian fans.

With a simple, industrial aesthetic featuring brick walls and exposed beam ceilings, this cafe is the perfect place for an mid-day tea durian break.

The King And Its Subjects

If you think there are only so many things you can do with durian, think again – this cafe takes the fruit in both sweet and savoury directions.

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On the sweet – and more familiar – side of things, there are durian puffs, ice cream, pancakes and mochi.

On a sweltering hot day, order the Mao Shan Wang Delight ($15.80).

Consisting of a mountain of Mao Shan Wang durian soft serve ice cream, this dessert comes on a bed of brownies, with mini marshmallows and almond flakes scattered all over it.

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If you’re looking for a light bite, opt for either the D24 Durian Mochi ($5 for four) or the richer Mao Shang Wang Durian Mochi ($8.80 for four). Encased in a chewy mochi skin, the D24 mochi has a milder flavour while the Mao Shan Wang Mochi packs more of a punch with each mouthful.

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On the savoury side of things, there is the Black Charcoal Mao Shan Wang Durian Pizza ($18.80), which consists of a charcoal pizza base topped with a mixture of Mao Shan Wang puree and cheese.

If you’re feeling even more adventurous, try their Durian French Fries ($3.80) and Durian Nuggets ($6).

With fries and nuggets served with a dipping sauce made of D24 puree, your tastebuds are in for an unusual experience when you order yourself a serving of either of these.

Craving some durian? Whatever you’re in the mood for, your needs will be well taken care of at Mao Shan Wang Cafe!

Mao Shan Wang Cafe
Address: 49 Temple Street Singapore
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 1.30pm – 10pm; Sat: 11am – 10pm; Closed on Sun
Contact no.: 6221 2338 

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This Bakery Makes Millennial Lao Po Bings With Flavors Like Tokyo Banana, Thai Milk Tea And More

If you frequently travel to Thailand, you’ll probably have heard of or seen April’s Bakery around.

With 60 outlets scattered across the country, their home-made pies are now available in Singapore not just in Tampines, but also in the CBD. Located at the bustling food hall at the basement of One Raffles Place, this branch is much more accessible to those of us who, well, don’t live in the extreme east of Singapore.

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While April’s Bakery has its roots in Thailand, their pies are unmistakably Cantonese at heart. Bearing some similarity to the traditional Wife Cake, or lao po bing, April’s Bakery puts its own spin on the pie by switching up its flavours and fillings!

Think Thai Milk Tea, Matcha Latte, Tokyo Banana, Sweet Potato… The list goes on.

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Some of their pies come filled with a tasty paste and custard combo, while others have a purely paste filling.

Priced at at just $2, these affordable pies are perfect for breakfast or a midday snack when you get a case of the munchies.

The Story Of April’s Bakery

The original April’s Bakery in Thailand started out as a small, obscure bakery in Central Plaza Ratchada-Rama III shopping centre. Selling cakes, biscuits and pastries, its founder, Nathanaporn Euawanthanakhun, started baking pies after discovering a love for roast pork pies during a trip to Hong Kong.

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That inspired her to come up with her own signature pie recipe, which eventually led her to expand her range to include flavours like Taro, Custard and Matcha Latte. To date, the bakery has over 30 pie flavours in Thailand, including both sweet and savoury varieties!

Pies For Every Preference

Unfortunately for us, April’s Bakery’s Singapore outlets currently only sell their sweet pies.

The signature flavour at April’s Bakery is Thai Milk Tea. Filled with a mixture of custard and paste, fans of Thai milk tea will likely enjoy this pie that’s rich and creamy, without being overly sweet.

Other custard-paste pies include the Matcha Latte, Custard and the Singapore-exclusive Tokyo Banana. Not available even in Thailand, this is hands down one of our favourites of the lot.

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Some favourites among the health-conscious (and apparently, the gym-going crowd at One Raffles Place) are the Pumpkin and Sweet Potato pies that come with no added sugar. While much more subdued in flavour, the natural sweetness of Pumpkin and Sweet Potato really come through in these pies.

Durian lovers, here’s another durian-flavoured pastry to add to your must-try list. The latest flavour to hit the shelves at April’s Bakery, these will surely not disappoint.

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While most of these pies are best enjoyed warm, we were told that you can also enjoy the custard-paste pies cold – and even with a scoop of ice cream!

If you’re working in the CBD area and are ever feeling peckish, grab one of April’s Bakery’s delicious pies. With such a wide variety of flavours, it’ll take you a while to work your way through all the pies to figure out which ones are your favourites.

Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet, something healthy, or something to fill you up, April’s Bakery got just the thing!

April’s Bakery
Address: #B1-38 1 Raffles Place, One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 7am – 7pm
Contact: 8122 7604

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There’s A Durian Buffet In Town And Free Flow Mao Shan Wang Isn’t The Only Thing To Look Forward To

Durian – a fruit that inspires either fanatical love or intense loathing; there’s no in between.

If you belong to the camp that LOVES durian, there’s a durian buffet in town we want to put on your radar. At this durian buffet, expect a host of inventive spins on your favourite fruit, as well as – wait for it – FREE FLOW DURIAN!

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The stars of this buffet dinner are a medley of signature dishes infused with the pungent, creamy fruit. On the savoury end of the spectrum are Durian Ravioli with Sage and Garlic Butter, Butter Durian Prawn with Curry Leaves and Chilli Padi, Wok-Fried Prawn and Petai with Sambal Durian, and Foie Gras Torchon with Torched Meringue.

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Other die-die must tries that lie on the sweet side are durian pastries including Pandan Crepes with Durian Mousse, Deep-Fried Durian Ice Cream, Mini Durian Crumble and the timeless favourite, Durian Pengat.

Our favourite part? At the outdoor terrace, there will be chefs wielding their knives, serving up all-you-can-eat ”D24” and ”Mao Shan Wang”!

Happening at Lime Restaurant at PARKROYAL on Pickering, this mouthwatering buffet is tagged at $88 per adult (includes free flow coffee and tea) and $58 per child (ages 6 – 12). Available everyday except Monday, this buffet will run from 7 July – 2 September 2017 from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

So, make a date with all your durian-loving kakees and make sure to come to this buffet with an empty stomach! The last thing you want is to have all the durian you can dream of right before you, only to be too full to eat it!

Thorny Temptations at Lime
Address: 3 Upper Pickering Street, PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore (058289)
Date: 7 Jul – 2 Sep
Contact no.: 6809 8899
Price: Adult: $88 | Child (ages 6 – 12): $58

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Durian Fiesta Is Back With 14 Types Of Durian Dessert You’ll Definitely Want To Try

Durian lovers, durian season comes early this year at the annual Durian Fiesta at Goodwood Park Hotel!

Back for its 34th run, the event celebrates all things durian, giving the King of Fruit the honour it rightly deserves.

This year’s festivities stretches from 10 March to 31 July, boasting a total of 14 premium confections featuring the creamy, pungent fruit as their hero ingredient–specifically those of the Mao Shan Wang and D24 varieties.

While old favourites like the D24 mousse cake, puffs and crepes will be present, 6 brand new creations have also been added to the list.

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These new creations are made with inventive ingredients like charcoal, sunflower seeds, matcha and even salted caramel–not flavours you typically see mixed with durian!

The result are desserts that are not only easy on the eyes, they’re also exciting and pleasing to the palate.

Look forward to the D24 ‘Starry Starry Night’ Ice Cream Cake, where a charcoal sponge surrounds a dense core of homemade durian ice cream.

[caption id="attachment_23732" align="aligncenter" width="800"] D24 ‘Starry Starry Night’ Ice Cream Cake ($13/slice, $33/350g cake), available at The Deli[/caption]

Also on the menu are the D24 Fried Sesame Balls–crispy, chewy sesame balls with fresh, rich durian mousse piped into them.

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Other items on the extensive durian catalog include the crunchy, rich D24 sunflower seed and cashew nut crumble tartlets, a light, fluffy D24 matcha cake, as well as the perfectly sweet-and-salty D24 salted caramel cuppa.

[caption id="attachment_23730" align="aligncenter" width="800"] D24 Sunflower Seed/Cashew Nut Crumble Tartlets ($11.80/two), available at The Deli[/caption] [caption id="attachment_23733" align="aligncenter" width="800"] D24 Matcha Cake ($12/slice, $60/500g cake), available at The Deli[/caption] [caption id="attachment_23736" align="aligncenter" width="800"] D24 Salted Caramel Cuppa ($12/cup), available at The Deli[/caption]

Take note that not all these desserts are available yet, as they will be released progressively. New desserts will be released every other month so it won’t hurt to drop the guys at Goodwood Park Hotel a call to check if what you’re looking for is available!

The Deli/Min Jiang
Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228221
Contact no.: 6737 7411

Durian Guide: 9 Trusty Heartland Stalls That Are Worth Your Every Dollar & Cent!

Mmm.. durians. Just thinking about it makes us drool!

But the king of fruits can get a little pricey and it sucks if the taste doesn’t match the price you paid for.

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There’s a stream of loyal customers who know that Uncle Leong only serves the best durian.

Just look at the amount of fans he’s got on Facebook. With close to 3000 followers and a general rating of 4.8/5.0 for his durians, you really need to make Uncle Leong one of your go-to heartland durian stalls.

Plus, Uncle Leong is known for is honesty too!

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His all-you-can-eat durian buffet is priced at $40, and a kilo of Mao Shan Wang (Musang King) will cost you about $18.  That sure is a pretty sweet deal!

Leong Tee Fruit Trader
Address264 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437051
Opening Hours: 2:00PM – 10:00PM (Daily)
Contact no.: +65 6346 6683
Facebook: Leong Tee Durian

2. It’s All About The Kampong (Wild) Durians – Wan Li Xiang Durian Stall

This is probably the last durian stall still standing in Dempsey.

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Here’s another fun fact – Wan Li Xiang is one of a few durian stalls that still offers durians sourced from our very own Pulau Ubin.

These Kampong durians come by usually at 3pm, but are usually gone in a matter of hours.

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Fortunately, you can secure yourself some tender durian goodness by placing a pre-order.

Just let the Ah Di, the veteran stall owner know your preference of bitter or sweet and he’ll pick the right one for you.

Wang Li Xiang Durian Stall
Address: 7 Dempsey Hill, Singapore 249670 (Secluded carpark at the end of right hand side of the fork road after Blk 7 Dempsey Hill)
Opening Hours: 3:00PM – 12:00AM (Daily)
Contact no.:+65 9756 2385,+65 9018 2853
Facebook: Wan Li Xiang Durian @ Dempsey

3. Best For Non-Mandarin/Dialect Speaking Patrons – Sindy Durians

Shy to flaunt the Mandarin you picked up from watching Channel 8?

Just head to Sindy Durian to get your durian cravings fixed without any miscommunication as they converse well in English.

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A family-run business, Sindy has been running their durian stall for over 30 years! They were previously in Balestier before moving to Whampoa.

They were also one of the first durian stalls in Singapore to provide durian vacuum packing for overseas travel since 2005. In fact, they occasionally ship durians to Hong Kong. Other durian stalls were then inspired by this ‘durian influencer’ and have since followed suit.

Sindy Durian
Address: 01-835, 89 Whampoa Drive, 320089
Opening Hours: 2:00pm – 10:00pm (Daily)
Contact no.: +65 97102427
Facebook: Sindy Durian

5. Yesss to Durian Buffet – 211 House Of Durian

Ask anyone from Toa Payoh about the best durian stalls and they’ll surely mention 211!

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Formerly known as Sin Yee Wang Durian, 211’s durians are driven in daily from Malaysia! This ensures the freshness of the fruit that we all crave for.

But the real attraction of this durian stall lies in their durian buffets held usually end of season to clear durian stock.

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Expect to shell out S$20 as an adult, BUT be prepared to fall in love with the endless supply of fantastic durians for just a fraction of its usual price.

Keep a look out on their Facebook page for the next buffet details.

While you’re at it, you can also try their durian soft serve ice cream or buy a pack of durian puree for your baking needs.

211 House of Durian Pte Ltd
Address: #01-21, 211 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310211
Opening Hours: 10:00AM – 10:00PM (Daily)
Contact no.: +65 9108 3710
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: 211 House Of Durian

6. Seriously Reasonably Priced Durians – Botak Kho

He gets his name from his squeaky clean shaven head, but he’s also known for selling high-grade durians at an affordable price.

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His durians come in daily at 2pm and we recommend his Red Prawn and Mao Shan Wang durians.

Botak Kho
Address: Block 157 Bukit Batok Street 11
Opening Hours: 1:00PM – 10:00PM (Daily)
Contact no.: +65 8156 2247
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The business is formed by a tight knit group of durian lovers.

They went high and low, from Malacca to Johor and even Kalimantan, Indonesia to learn everything about the king of fruits.

After some flat tyres, getting lost in foreign land and countless mosquitoes attack, Durian Kaki was formed.

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Today, there are 6800-odd followers on their Facebook page and their durians are rated at 4.5/5 stars.

Their Mao San Wang, Mei Qiu and Jin Feng will not disappoint you.

Here’s a true story coming up. We’ve visited Durian Kaki a few times. Once, they opened a durian that just didn’t smell so good. Without hesitation, they threw the whole durian into a bin, and opened another. That just shows their commitment to serving their customers the best durians.

Durian Kaki
Address: Junction 9, Yishun Avenue 9, #01-83 Singapore 768897
Opening Hours: 2:00PM – 11:00PM (Daily)
Contact no.: +65 8405 8509
Facebook: Durian Kaki

8. Durian King of the West – Ah Seng Durian

Here’s super famous durian stall for Singaporeans in the west. In fact, Ah Seng Durian is regarded highly by Singaporeans all over the island.

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Ah Seng Durian carries a wide range of durians – Mao Shan Wang, D15, Bak You, Xian Hong and even Green Skin durians.

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Here’s how crazy the crowd gets at Ah Seng Durian. We can’t believe it!

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Just look at the picture below. Their Jin Feng (golden phoenix) is absolutely gorgeous.

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We have to constantly remind ourselves to not check their Facebook page before lunch time. It’s super tempting, you just can’t wait to head there straight away after work.

They also have durian puree at $20 per packet while a vacuum packed Mao Shan Wang goes at $40 per pack.

Ah Seng Durian
Address: Block 20, #01-119 to #01-122 Ghim Moh Market, 270020 (stall is right inside the middle of the market)
Opening Hours: 10:00AM – 8:00PM (Daily)
Contact no.: +65 9465 6160
Facebook: Ah Seng Durian

9. Best For Durian Party – The Durian Tree

This heartland durian stall is known for three things – great durians, fantastic customer service, and honesty.

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They also offer deliveries – you don’t even need to step out of your house to get your durian fix!

And the best part of all, The Durian Tree has ample sitting space for those who would like to hold a small durian party.

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The durians available include the luscious Black Gold durian, King of King, Mao Shan Wang, XXXOD24 and D88.

Just give their hotline a call or check out their Facebook page for availability.

The Durian Tree
Address: Block 277 Bukit Batok East Avenue 3, Singapore 650277
Opening Hours: 2:00PM – 11:00PM (Daily)
Contact no.: +65 9812 4148
Facebook: The Durian Tree

There you have it, 9 good old heartland durian stalls that are bound to keep you durian happy for days.

Enjoy the fruit and feast as soon as you can. But don’t forget to drink lots of water after your date with the durians!

How do you like your durian? Drop us a comment and let us know.

Header image source:  yelp.com.sg

Also, read Bitter or Sweet? Guide To Identifying Your Favourite Durian Types

Bitter or Sweet? Guide To Identifying Your Favourite Durian Types

The king of fruits’ season is here again. Every year, between June and August, is the best time to savour durians. However this year, after a prolonged dry spell, the peak season is delayed. Durian season this year could be later and longer as flowers are still blooming.

Nonetheless, you’ll still need to know how to choose the best durians before buying them. Believe it or not, there are more than 400 types of durians! Whether you like it sweet or bitter, we’ve got it all covered. Read on for our guide to identifying the best durian types.

1. Mao Shan Wang

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There’s no doubt that all durian lovers love the Mao Shan Wang. Here’re some tips when choosing a Mao Shan Wang (also known as Cat Mountain King). Look for these distinct features altogether in one durian.

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Mao Shan Wang
Flesh colour:
 Bright royal yellow in colour
Flavour: Bittersweet, creamy, sticky. In the same durian, flesh could be bitter and/or sweet.
 V-shaped/pointed thorns
Crown: Thorns tend to converge at the base of the stem, forming a bald brownish ring around the stem
Shape: Oval 
 Brownish five-pointed star. A little bald.

2. Musang King

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Musang King is currently regarded as the best durian in Malaysia. It’s the most sought after, desired and expensive of all durian varieties. It sells for more than twice the price of an above-average durian. To avoid being conned by unscrupulous durian vendors trying to sell you an average durian as the Musang King, here are some features you must not miss.

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Musang King
Shell: Yellow-brown to camo-green to tinged with purple
Flavour: Sweet, rich, and creamy, like a toasted marshmallow
Rather inconsistent. Either very far apart or close together, could be as thin as a needle, or rather pyramidical.
Crown: Smooth and brownish gap between the stem and thorns.
Shape: Bean-like, like a kidney or egg
Stem: Longer than other durian types 
 Brownish five-pointed star. Balder, broader and more pronounced than the Mao Shan Wang.

3. Golden Phoenix 

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The Golden Phoenix, also know as Jin Feng, is a pale-coloured durian type with very soft and wet flesh. More affordable than Mao Shan Wang, it is small in size and is very fleshy with tiny seeds and thin husk. The taste of the Golden Phoenix is sweet, bitter, creamy and slightly less pungent than the Mao Shan Wang. It’s considered a ‘value for money’ durian type as you get a good amount of tasty flesh at an affordable price.

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Golden Phoenix
 Light green to greyish brown
Flavour: Bittersweet with a more watery texture
Thorns: Skinny and sharp
Shape:  Roundish and oval
Tiny almost non-existent base formed by thorns converging towards the base, forming a tip.

4. XO

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If you like your durian strong and bitter, the XO is not to be missed. The XO durian is bitter with its famed alcohol taste – cultivated through an extended period of fermentation inside its shell. Its fruit is usually smaller and the husk is identified by its thin and brownish-green colour. Another point to look out for is its watery thick flesh.

Thin and brownish green in colour
Flesh colour: Very pale yellow
Flavour: Watery thick flesh, bitter with alcohol aftertaste
Shape:  Roundish, oval, or even starfruit-shaped
Centre depression with thorns pointing inwards

5. D24

OX Durian

D24 is one of the more popular durian varieties. Its flesh tends to be pale yellow and tastes creamy and bitter. As D24 is a popular durian type that is widely cultivated, there are several grades and even sub-categories.

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 Homogeneous green/ greenish-yellow
 Tend to cluster together
Flavour: Neither overly sweet nor bitter, great starter durian for newbies
Flesh: Thick and creamy 
Relatively short stem with small brown ring around it

6. Red Prawn

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If you like sweet durian, Red Prawn (also known as Ang Hei or Udang Merah in Malay) is the right one for you. Its texture is beautifully creamy but often a bit too watery. This durian has a fruity sweet taste. Some varieties have tiny seeds, others have large ones. The red prawn durian shells are thick and hard to open. Though the durian looks large, there may not be a lot of fruit, as the core of the durian is wide.

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Red Prawn
Dusky Brown
Shape: Oval with a wider middle
Flavour: Sticky with sweet aftertaste
Short and very widely spaced

7. Black Thorn

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Black Thorn durians are the most prized durians of all – more expensive than Musang King. The flesh of the Black Thorn is nearly fiberless and has a bright orange colour.


Black Thorn
 Round and small
Bald bottom with a dark brown spot
Stubby, short stem
Flavour: Sweet with a bitter after taste
Flesh: Rich, creamy, fiberless, and sticky. Dark orange with reddish hue.

How can we resist these durians? After researching and going through this list, we’re having serious hunger pangs and cravings for durian! It’s time to hunt down the king of fruits and satisfy those cravings!

(Header image by Flickr, edited by writer)

Also, read Durian Lovers! The Best 5 Spots To Enjoy Your Favourite Fruit