No one really knows when the durian season is – let’s just accept that it’s just all-year round. Which is why we have so many darn durian dishes out there. And we’re not just talking about cream puffs…
Never has there been any other country that is more obsessed with durian than Singapore. I mean where else have you seen a durian-shaped building in Singapore, laws prohibiting durians in public transportation and some buildings, and durian desserts everywhere. But beyond the usual cream puffs and cakes, there are some pretty peculiar durian dishes in Singapore too, savoury options included. Would you go there?
Durian Bread and Butter Pudding
A 13th century English pudding gets a local revamp with durian thrown in the mix. Replacing the custard with durian – what a concept, such innovation, why didn’t anyone think of that earlier? Other classic desserts like creme brulee, strudel and mousse cake get a durian makeover at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel’s Durian High Tea Buffet.
Marriott Cafe, Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238865
Durian fried rice
A staple dish in almost every cuisine, fried rice is a simple dish where a couple of ingredients are tossed in a wok with rice and cooked over high heat. You’ll find prawns, chicken, peas, garlic… and durian? At least that’s what you will find at Escape Restaurant & Lounge. The fried rice is served with a dollop of fresh durian on the top which you have to mix in together with the sambal for the full experience. Salty, sweet and spicy, definitely not one for the durian rookies.
Escape Restaurant & Lounge, One Farrer Hotel & Spa, 1 Farrer Park Station Road, Singapore 217562
You’ve tried durian fresh, as a cream, as a paste of some sort but have you tried durian in your soup? In steamboat, to be exact. Along with some chicken, prawns, mushrooms and broth. Another one for the diehard durian devotee.
Charcoal Thai NEX, 23 Serangoon Central, Nex, #B1-30/31, Singapore 556083
D24 Premium 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 overwhelm your senses. If you like that, you can thank fruit tea connoisseurs Hi Tea who will be launching their D24 Premium Durian Jasmine tea soon.
Hi Tea, various locations.
Durian and cheese, pretty much the same texture anyway, right? Imagine this combination and then some on a charcoal pizza base. It might take some time to get used to the flavours but the durian pizza is a big hit at the Mao Shan Wang Cafe, along with some other pretty unique offerings on the menu…
Or more like chicken nuggets with a creamy durian dip. Not everyone is ready for this union of fried chicken and the intensity of durian, we get it but it’s worth a try. Plus you don’t have much of a choice, almost everything on the menu is made up of durian.
With the amount of novelty coffee blends out there, from hazelnut to red velvet, surely durian-flavoured coffee shouldn’t be so far out, no? If you like your coffee really strong, give this cuppa a try.
Mao Shan Wang Cafe, 9 Temple Street, Singapore 058594
“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 this ethos with durian. Is it a success? Will people be raving about it years from now? You decide.
Majestic Restaurant, 5 Straits View, Marina One The Heart, #04-01, Singapore 018935