Durian fans! Here's where to go for fancy and indulgent durian delicacies like pengat, puffs and mousse that won't dirty your fingers
There are two types of people out there: durian lovers and durian haters. If you’re one of the former, you probably enjoy the king of fruit in all of its glorious forms (like chocolate and fried chicken). While it’s incredibly satisfying to dig into the insides of the thorny husk, eating the fruit in its many amazing dessert renditions means you won’t have to deal with the lingering pungent scent on your fingers afterward (though washing your hands with water streamed from the husk will rid of the smell miraculously). Read to indulge? Keep scrolling for top picks!
For all things durian
Go to: Goodwood Park Hotel
Goodwood Park Hotel has their Durian Fiesta every year. From now till 2 August, you can pick up classics like durian puffs ($8.55 for two pieces) and the Mao Shan Wang durian ice cream ($24.50 per 16oz tub). New items to try include the durian carrot-walnut cake ($11.75 per slice), and the durian egg tartlets (only available for dine-in at Min Jiang, $6 for three pieces).
Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221, p. 6730 1786.
For durian pengat
Go to: Ellenborough Market Cafe
It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet here at Swissotel Merchant Court’s Ellenborough Market Cafe (from $48++ for lunch, $52++ for dinner), and that spread includes the ever-popular durian pengat – that’s decadent durian pulp with coconut milk for you.
Ellenborough Market Cafe, Swissotel Merchant Court, 20 Merchant Road, Singapore 058281, p. 6239 1848.
For durian soup
Go to: Candlenut Kitchen
Essentially durian ice cream with fresh durian puree, this oh-so-creamy treat ($9) has added texture thanks to the addition of block of feuilletine. Mmmmm…
Candlenut Kitchen, #01-03 Dorsett Residences, 331 New Bridge Road, Singapore 088764, p. 8121 4107.
For durian cake
Go to: Pine Garden’s Cake
Here’s an idea: Get that durian lover in your life (could be you, we won’t judge) a totally apt birthday cake from Pine Garden’s. Their vanilla sponge-based Cat Mountain King Durian Cake ($52) comes topped with mini durian puffs. Too much durian? Never!
Pine Garden’s Cake, #01-2369/#01-2329 Block 529 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, Singapore 560529, p. 6459 5507.
For durian puffs
Go to: Puteri Mas
This east-side cafe offers dainty little durian puffs made with D24 durian. Comes in a box of 20 ($12.90), but we could easily finish them off in no time.
Puteri Mas, 475 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427682, p. 6344 8629.
For durian ice cream
Go to: Udders
Think Udders is only known for their alcoholic ice cream flavours? Well, there’s more. The cold durian treat is made from pure, luscious durian flesh (depending on what’s available, sometimes it’s D24, at times it’s Mao Shan Wang, $6.10 for a scoop).
Udders, 246D Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574370, p. 6452 0803.
For crispy durian ice cream
Go to: Majestic Restaurant
As if the idea of ice cream isn’t sinful enough, Majestic Restaurant decided deep fry it. Thing is, the durian ice cream that encased within the crackling shell isn’t actually ice cream – in fact, it’s frozen durian flesh. The dollop of goodness is then battered and dropped in hot oil before it’s served ($10).
Majestic Restaurant, New Majestic Hotel, 31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845, p. 6511 4718.
For durian crème brulee
Go to: The Quarters
Love the classic European dessert of crème brulee? At The Quarters, it’s given a special local twist and is made from durian instead ($7).
The Quarters, #01-09 Icon Village, 16 Enggor Street, Singapore 079717, p.6834 4174.
For durian mousse
Go to: Dessert Bowl
A smooth and (surprisingly) light dessert, the durian mousse here ($5) comes in a bowl and is topped with chunks of durian flesh.
Dessert Bowl, 2/F, 80A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555976, p. 6285 1278.
For durian egg tarts
Go to: 8Tarts n Pastries
Why help yourself to a regular egg tart when you can have a durian version of it? 8Tarts n Pastries bake their goodies with D24 durian ($1.70 per piece).
8Tarts n Pastries, #B1-58 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103, p. 6338 6156.
For durian mochi (and durian mooncakes)
Go to: Peony Jade
Peony Jade puts out soft, chewy durian mochi ($12 for three pieces) made with Mao Shan Wang durian. On the other hand, when it’s Mid-Autumn Festival, they make one of the best durian mooncakes in town ($68 for four pieces) so don’t miss out on that either.
Peony Jade, Keppel Club, 10 Bukit Chermin Road, Singapore 109918, p. 6276 9138.