I have always known that I loved the more processed and candy versions of durian. I also used to have the odd durian here and there. All the while, my mother and sister often savored and dived into durians like they were absolutely delicious cakes. But now, I finally see why they loved it so much!
It's not the immediately captivating fruit to eat when you first "see" it, and unforgettably "smell" it. It has an acquired taste like Australian Vegemite, that really needs you to be mentally prepared for the unexpected!
Well, something that really tipped me over to liking durians recently. And that is discovering that there are actually sweet durians!!
That's right, there are sweet durians. Durians do not always have to be bitter, unless of course you like them like that. You can get sweet durians, bitter and sweet durians, and you can bitter durians. I think this is why in the past I may not have immediately liked them. But now that I know there are sweet ones, I aim for those.
It's just a matter of choosing one that suits your preferences, budget and what is available where you are. My favourite is Red Prawn durians and D24 durians.
So, what types of durians are there available in Singapore?
Well, one nice and savvy durian store (Ah Seng Durian) created this brief photo overview of it.
|Source: AhSengDurian Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AhSengDurian/photos_stream|
The prices and availability of these durians can vary year to year. But here are some prices from ChannelNewsAsia:
- Golden Phoenix durians a S$12 a kilogramme (2015), compared to S$15 last year (2014).
- Mao Shan Wang durians were going for about S$15 to S$18 a kilogramme (2015), S$25 to S$28 per kilogramme (2014)
- I personally brought some of Potong Pasir, where prices ranged from three D24 durians for $10, $5, $10, $15 for one D24 durian depending on size. Mao Shan Wang durians were selling at $15 labelled as A1s and $18 for Mao Shan Wang durians from Pahang.
- HungryGoWhere gives a good guide on how to select the right durian
- JohorKaki also gives great insights on how to select the popular Mao Shan Wang durians
Most come from the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia, from the regions of Johor and Pahang. But sometimes, you may find them imported from other Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Vietnam.
I have seen them sold in, though there are many across Singapore:
- Chinatown (People's Park Complex)
- Geylang (there are many location along Sims Avenue)
- Balestier (there are a few stores here on Balestier Rd)
- Potong Pasir (just off Potong Pasir Ave 1)
- Tanjong Pagar (below Tanjong Pagar Food Court, Tanjong Pagar Road)
- Toa Poyah (there are many stalls around Toa Payoh Central Blk 183)
If you're looking for a good lists of durian stores in Singapore, here are some with good insights into the durian stores.
- HungryGoWhere also has a good list of where to buy durians in Singapore.
- HungryAngMo has his list of trusted sellers in Singapore
Outside of Singapore
I hope this has helped give you a quick overview of durians and where to find, buy and try them in Singapore. Happy durian hunting! ;)