No one really knows when durian season is, so let’s just accept that it’s all-year round. That's why we have so many unique durian dishes out there. And we’re not just talking about cream puffs.
Never has there been any other country that’s more obsessed with durian than Singapore. Where else have you seen a durian-shaped building in Singapore (ahem, Esplanade), laws prohibiting durians in public transportation, and durian treats everywhere? But beyond the usual cream puffs and cakes, there are some pretty innovative (and peculiar) durian desserts in Singapore – savoury options included. Would you go there?
All the unique durian desserts to try in Singapore
1. Fried durian
“When it doubt, cover it in batter and deep-fry” is an old Singapore motto. We’re just joking, though you’ll see this in examples like bananas, jackfruit, seafood and more. Now it’s time to experiment with this ethos. Enter fried durian. Is it a success? Are people for or against this creation? It’s polarising, for sure. Go ahead and try it, then let us know what you think.
Majestic Restaurant, #04-01, Marina One The Heart, 5 Straits View, Singapore 018935
2. Durian prata
Everyone knows prata and its various permutations, both savoury and sweet. So it’s not a surprise when we found durian prata at The Roti Prata House. The only question is: what’s the taste like after the prata has been dipped in curry? We’re not sure if we want to find out. This creation definitely falls under the “strange” column on our list.
The Roti Prata House, 246 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574370
3. Durian jasmine tea
Think of jasmine tea and how delicate, light and floral it is. Now try adding durian into the mix and imagine the pungent sweetness overwhelming your senses. If you like that, you can thank fruit tea connoisseurs Hi Tea for coming up with this concoction. That’s another way to enjoy durian desserts in Singapore, we suppose.
Hi Tea Singapore, #01-14B (next to the taxi stand), Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, Singapore 228213
4. Durian fish soup
Alright, so this doesn’t exactly qualify as dessert. But it has durian in it, and it’s just downright strange (and savoury?) that it has to be included. This dish, available at a coffee shop in Tampines, comes with rice, vegetables, minced meat and, of course, durian flesh. According to the stall, durian fish soup provides the necessary nutrients to boost your immunity. Sure, we’ll take that.
Wang Yuan Fish Soup, 519A Tampines Central 8, Singapore 523519
5. Durian milkshake
If durian tea isn’t your cuppa, perhaps this one will do. This frothy concoction is made using Mao Shan Wang pulp and Meiji milk, resulting in a creamy milkshake that’ll fill you up after you finish it. Will this durian milkshake bring all the
boys people to the yard? We’re not sure, but it’s worth trying. Otherwise, you can try the other offerings available. Durian ondeh ondeh, anyone?
DurianBB, #01-65, 462 Crawford Lane, Singapore 190462
6. Durian donuts
This is probably one of the more “normal” durian desserts that you can find in Singapore. Delish’s famed donuts are stuffed with durian pengat, and we totes approve of this combination. If you’re a fan, get these in a box of 10 or 15 and have them all to yourself. Or share them around with fellow durian fans. Truly too delish for words.
Delish, available online
7. Durian kaya
Fans of kaya, toast, and durian, here’s something that’ll positively delight you. The King of Fruits has been infused into this familiar favourite, resulting in a creamy creation that’s bursting with durian goodness. Tip: the durian kaya goes best with warm toast, so this will make a good breakfast meal or afternoon tea snack.
Four Seasons Durian, multiple locations including Century Square and Nex
8. Durian love letters
Out of all the Chinese New Year snacks, love letters are one of our favourites. So it’s no surprise that the good folks at Sunny Hills have come up with a durian version of the roll. Similar to the original, this durian roll crumbles on the first bite. The fruit’s flavour doesn’t overpower the snack, so you can enjoy this time and again.
Sunny Hills, multiple locations including Raffles Hotel and Takashimaya Shopping Centre
9. Durian pizza
Durian and cheese – pretty much the same texture anyway, right? Imagine this combination and then some on a fluffy dough base. It might take some time to get used to the flavours, but the durian pizza is a big hit with many durian devotees. Us? We’d probably rather have pineapple on our slices – and we don’t even like pineapple.
Pezzo Pizza, multiple locations including Junction 8 and Ion Orchard
10. Durian mochi
When it comes to durian desserts in Singapore, The Durian Bakery is king. Cakes, pastries, and puddings… this local brand has it all. But for this list, we’re shining the spotlight on durian mochi. Soft, dewy snowskin completely engulfs D24 and Mao Shan Wang durians, resulting in a treat that bursts with flavour after every bite. We like that the filling is 100% durian flesh and not cream. You’re definitely getting what you paid for.
The Durian Bakery, #01-47, Kensington Square, 2 Jalan Lokam, Singapore 537846
11. Durian buffet
Now, we can’t have a list of durian desserts in Singapore and not mention Goodwood Park Hotel’s annual Durian Fiesta. From now until 6 August 2023, durian enthusiasts can savour new treats such as D24 honeyed pear mousse, D24 pandan coconut gula melaka cake, and the show-stopping D24 Paris brest. Plus, expect returning favourites like durian crepes and ice cream tubs. Who knew a durian dessert buffet could last for 40 years?
Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
So, which of these durian desserts in Singapore will you try?