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Ms Durian: Mao Shan Wang Mousse Cake & More Durian Desserts In Potong Pasir

Last Updated: June 11, 2019

Written by Deanna Lim

If there’s one thing Singaporeans love, it’s durian. We love this King of Fruits so much that we’re always looking for new ways to incorporate it into our food.

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Particularly, durian desserts seem to be the way to our durian-loving hearts. And Ms Durian in Potong Pasir knows that too.

Located at the far corner of the newly-opened Poiz Centre, this durian-speciality café serves up dainty and mouth-watering durian desserts.

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As the name suggests, it’s catered towards ladies looking for a new spot to have afternoon tea with their girlfriends, though you’re welcome as long as you love durians. The selection of durian desserts in the glass display case certainly caught my eye, and I couldn’t wait to dig in.

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With only seven items on their menu, I bet you could just come here with a few friends and try all of them. We started with the lightest durian dessert, the Durian Coconut Milk Pudding (S$6/bottle), and worked our way up the intensity scale.

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Made by steaming Mao Shan Wang durian with coconut, this pudding was smooth and fragrant. The tropical coconut notes complemented the heavier durian taste, and the blend of flavours wasn’t too sweet nor jelak.

Before I knew it, I finished the whole dessert all by myself!

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If you prefer something with more crunch, then the Durian Craquelin (S$2 per piece, S$10 per box of five) will be right up your alley.

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This is the only dessert on the menu that uses D24 durian – all the others use Mao Shan Wang which is richer but also more fibrous. As a result, the Durian Craquelin had a smoother and creamier texture.

Since the staff over at Ms Durian bake the crequelin choux puff pastry fresh every day, the dessert came with a crackling outer shell. I’d recommend eating the entire puff in one bite (if your mouth is big enough).

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The durian filling inside instantly oozed out the moment I took a bite, while the crispy shell crumbled easily. It could potentially get quite messy if you’re nibbling on it!

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Moving on to the two cakes on the menu, we started with the Durian Mousse Cake (S$8.50 per slice, S$65 for the whole cake) as recommended.

Consisting of Mao Shan Wang durian mousse with gula melaka, the cake is topped with lightly salted macadamia nuts and finished off with light cream. The cake layers were soft and fluffy, infused with rich durian fragrance and the sticky sweetness of gula melaka.

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What I really liked about this cake was how light it tasted. Even though it was made with Mao Shan Wang durian, the flavour wasn’t overpowering and I could distinctly taste the other ingredients too.

The macadamia nuts added a nutty finish with a hint of salt, which also helped to cut through the sweetness of the cake. This was definitely my favourite out of the two cakes.

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My dining companion, however, preferred the MSW Durian Cake (S$12 per slice, S$90 for the whole cake). Even though both cakes used Mao Shan Wang durian, this second cake had a much stronger taste.

Chilled Mao Shan Wang durian puree is layered between vanilla sponge cake, and it’s finished off with a thin layer of Chantilly cream. The MSW Durian Cake might be light in texture, but it sure packed a punch in the flavour department.

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Each mouthful of the cake made me feel like I was eating an actual piece of durian. This is perfect for all of you hardcore durian lovers, though it can get jelak after a while. I’d recommend sharing it with a friend.

If you’re more of a cold dessert person, then try the MSW Ice Cream (S$9 per cup) or the MSW Ice Cream Puff (S$3 per piece, S$15 for a box of five).

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The MSW Ice Cream is suitable for vegans too, since it’s eggless. This creamy and intense ice cream might just be one of the best durian ice creams I’ve had.

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Thick and rich with a lingering finish, I could even taste bits of durian flesh in each spoonful. That’s when you know they made it with real durian!

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The MSW Ice Cream Puff consists of the same durian ice cream within a freshly-baked choux puff.

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Unlike the Durian Craquelin, this puff wasn’t that crispy. Instead, it had more of a chewy texture that went well with the smooth and creamy ice cream.

The lovely staff at Ms Durian are also experimenting with some non-durian items because there’s always that one person in a group of friends who doesn’t like durian.

They’re refining the recipe for a hot chocolate drink made with Valrhona chocolate, and topped with a little bit of salt. Having tasted the drink, I’d really recommend giving it a try once it’s available – especially if you’re a chocolate lover.


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Even though Ms Durian has only recently opened, it offers a truly stunning series of durian desserts. The prices may seem a little higher than most cafes, but that’s because the quality is top-notch.

It’s a great spot for catching up over desserts and tea, or you can pop by for a quick sweet treat to reward yourself at the end of a tiring workday.

Expected damage: S$5 – S$15 per pax

Price: $

Our Rating: 5 / 5

Ms Durian

51 Upper Serangoon Road, Poiz Centre, #01-70, Singapore 347697

Price
Our Rating 5/5

Ms Durian

51 Upper Serangoon Road, Poiz Centre, #01-70, Singapore 347697

Operating Hours: 2pm – 10pm (Mon), 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun)

Operating Hours: 2pm – 10pm (Mon), 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun)

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