Durian season this year has seen an abundant supply due to the favourable climate for a bountiful harvest. It’s also the first time that I’ve had to seek advice from fellow durian-lovers about where to get the best quality, the cheapest, the tastiest and the most unique durian creations.
The responses have been varied, so to spare you the hassle of narrowing down your options, here are nine durian awards for those that we feel are most deserving!
1. Most Convenient Durian Delivery (GrabDurian)
Apart from constantly expanding its suite of lifestyle services, Grab is back with GrabDurian this year! GrabDurian delivers island-wide (except for the following areas: Changi, Sentosa, Lim Chu Kang, Pandan Gardens, and Mandai) from 6 June – 28 August 2019, from 3pm onwards. All the durians are Mao Shan Wang durians from Sagil in Tangkak Johor.
Each GrabDurian box is priced from S$55 onwards and weighs 400g (that’s around a whole durian’s worth of flesh in each box), vacuum-packed and ready to be eaten. If you’re saving it for later, remember to pop it in the fridge to keep it fresh! Get clicking and have GrabDurian deliver these golden nuggets right to your door-step.
2. Most Affordable Durians (S$5 Mao Shan Wang durians at Hao Chi Liu Lian)
Want to indulge in the coveted Mao Shan Wang durian but on a budget? Hao Chi Liu Lian has got you covered with its super affordable S$5 Mao Shan Wang durians!
Hao Chi Liu Lian attributes their cheap pricing to the vast supply of durians they receive from Malaysia. Despite its extremely attractive prices, their owner assures customers that they have enough stock to last them through the durian season.
We say, best to get your hands on this amazing deal before time runs out!
Hao Chi Liu Lian: 109 Clementi Street 11, #01-09, Singapore 120109 | Tel: +65 9699 6106 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm | Facebook
3. Most Value-For-Money Durian (GrabDurian)
We feel GrabDurian is deserving of this award simply because, for its price, you get the Mao Shan Wang durian de-shelled, freshly vacuum-packed, and delivered straight to your door-step!Not to mention, the durians (as we have tasted right here at our office) are fresh, creamy and absolutely delicious.
It’s the ideal solution for those wanting to enjoy durians with family and friends in the comfort of home, and not have to battle the heat.What’s more, the vacuum-sealed packaging will ensure that its scent is contained, making it safe for you to order to the office. For all the convenience that GrabDurian offers, we say it’s definitely the most worthy of this title.GrabDurian: Facebook
4. Most Fancy Way To Enjoy Durians (99 Old Trees)
Ever heard of a durian omakase? Well, if you haven’t, then this is the time that you quickly make a reservation at 99 Old Trees, for their SukaWa (colloquially translated to ‘suka awak‘, meaning ‘up to you’) durian experience!
It’s happening now until 31 August 2019, from 4.30pm – 5.30pm, with slots filling up very quickly. Each session is priced at S$48 per person until 20 June 2019, after which it will be S$60 per person.
This unique durian feast allows them to pick and choose six variants per day, based on what they deem to be the best of the day. End off the session with an unlimited serving of Mao Shan Wang to truly get you on a durian high!99 Old Trees: 46 Owen Road, #01-277, Singapore 210046 | Tel: +65 +65 9822 2495 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 11pm (Daily) | Facebook | Instagram | Website
5. Most Unique Durian Drink (Durian Chendol Boba Milk at all R&B Tea stores)
Why stick to eating durian when you can drink it, too? R&B Tea shops are now selling Durian Chendol Boba Milk (S$5.80), which features durian, chendol jelly and red beans, making it a very hearty and filling dessert drink.
R&B’s signature hand-made brown sugar pearls are also added, to accompany the rich coconut cream-infused fresh milk. The ingredients are layered over each other for an aesthetically-pleasing gradient effect, worthy of an Instagram feature on your next day out!
6. Most Indulgent Durian Buffet (S$38 Free-Flow Mao Shan Wang At Majestic Durian)
Are you a true-blue durian lover? Majestic Durian will more than satiate your durian hankering! Get ready for an all-you-can-eat Durian Buffet for only S$38nett per person!
Yes, you read that right. From the highly-acclaimed Mao Shan Wang to the ever-delicious D13 and D101, you can stuff yourself with as many durians as you can eat.
But that’s not all. Children below the age of 12 and senior citizens above the age of 55 get to eat for absolutely free with every paying adult! So bring your children, as well as Ah Gong and Ah Ma, for a feast unlike any other.Majestic Durian: Block 84, Bedok North Street 4, #01-29, Singapore 460084 | Tel: +65 +65 8630 7351 | Opening Hours: 2pm – 10pm (Daily) | Facebook
7. Most Well-Packaged Durian (GrabDurian)
Once again, we have GrabDurian clinching another title. This title has to be given to them, with their super convenient and effective packaging.
Not only does the vacuum-sealed packaging keeps the durians’ freshness intact, but it’s also efficient and effective in containing its notorious potent scent. It’s one of the best ways to ensure no one is bothered by durian’s potent scent and makes delivery amazingly easy and convenient!Not to mention, every package is topped off with a cute GrabDurian sticker, which is a bonus if you wish to share your durian haul for the ‘gram. Win-win in our books. Head to GrabDurian‘s site to find out how to get your hands on these coveted golden gems today!GrabDurian: Facebook
8. Most Unique Durian Dish (Kampung Chicken Durian at Yassin Kampung)
We’ve had our fair share of odd durian dishes come to light given this bountiful durian season. One durian creation that really impressed us was the Kampung Chicken Durian (S$20/S$30) from Yassin Kampung.
Not only was the aroma unmistakable, but the sight of thick durian flesh also made me extremely excited to take a bite.
My verdict? I was on the fence about how it tasted. There was a beautiful sticky sweet-sour taste that is exactly how I love my durians, but the presence of the chicken really threw me off.
My brain was struggling to process this confusion as I shifted back and forth constantly between loving the dish and disliking it. After much reflection, I would recommend this dish. In fact, I’m craving for it right now.
9. Most Attractive Instagram Account Of Men With Durians (@hotdudeswithdurian)
This last award was certainly a fun one to award to. For some cheeky fun, we just had to include this one because perhaps you’re not a super fan of durian, but you love gazing upon hot guys with durians?
@hotdudeswithdurian is a great way to enjoy durian without having to figure out a way to handle the smell and thorns. The best part is that their posts include men from all over the world, so there’s a hot bod for everyone to ogle at!
The only “heatiness” you’ll have to deal with here is from lingering a lil’ too long on this Instagram account.
Now that we’ve given you a run-down of some of the best durian options in town — from delivery to most worth-it to most unique — we hope you’ll enjoy the remainder of the durian season and feast to your heart’s content!