One more month left to the end of durian season
Durian prices in Singapore are taking a dive, thanks to the hot weather in Malaysia. The oversupply has even caused some sellers to give out durians for free, while lowering the price of favourites such as Mao Shan Wang to $12 to $15 per kg, down from its usual price of $35 per kg. With so many options to choose from, here are six durian stores that offer the king of fruits, all around Singapore. And if you’re one of those who are always low on cash, these merchants also accept GrabPay, making paying a breeze.
1. Ah Seng Durian
Image credit: Uncle Seng’s Facebook page
The long queues at Ah Seng Durian store show just how popular his durians are. Be prepared to wait for 30 to 45 minutes, or even longer during the weekends. Renowned for serving up durians at reasonable prices, Uncle Seng is arguably the most popular durian seller in Singapore. Give him a ‘Like’ on his Facebook page, which has over 41,000 followers.
Address: 20 Ghim Moh Road, #01-119 to 122, Ghim Moh Market, Singapore 270020
Opening hours: Daily 1:30pm to 9:30pm
Tel: 9465 6160
2. Durian Lingers
Image credit: Durian Lingers’ Facebook page
Commonly frequented by those in the West, Durian Lingers is known for their consistent level of quality durians. Check out their meaty and creamy Mao Shan Wang, which looks good enough for a feast.
They also carry the Black Thorn durian, otherwise known as D200. Clinching first place in the annual Penang State Durian competition in 2011 and 2012, the Black Thorn durian is distinguished by a thick core with a rust-coloured “drain” or line running down the middle. More expensive than Mao Shan Wang, this hard-to-get durian is highly sought after for its rich and sweet taste that ends off with an intense bitter finish.
Address: 833 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 279887
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 6763 8382
Image credit: Durianlicious’ Facebook page
Look out for the Black Gold durian, otherwise known as the king of kings, at Durianlicious. Sworn by durian aficionados, the dark greyish and green tinge of the Black Gold durian is highly coveted for its distinctive bitter taste.
Coming from a mature tree, Black Gold durians have a much deeper taste than the usual Mao Shan Wang, and is also accompanied by a musky aroma. The older durian trees lend a stickier texture to the durians, resulting in a peanut butter-like texture that is creamy and gooey.
Address: Block 531 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, #01-2445, Singapore 560561
Opening hours: Daily 1pm to 11pm
Tel: 8345 6666
4. Durian History
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It’s not all about the durian fruit. Using only original family recipes, Durian History serves up tasty durian desserts with no artificial flavouring added. Order their Durian pancakes ($2.80) for a quick durian fix. Freshly prepared upon order, generous servings of D24 durian are slathered onto light and fluffy pancakes for a rich and creamy treat.
Address: 1 Park Road, #01-28, People’s Park Complex, Singapore 059108
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
5. Uncle Soon Durian
Image credit: Uncle Soon Durian’s Facebook page
Owned and operated by a plantation owner, Uncle Soon prides itself on selling reasonably priced durians at honest prices. They also carry the Red Prawn durian, which has vibrant orange-red flesh that is similar to its moniker. A sweet durian without the bitter aftertaste, Red Prawn is recommended for those who are trying out durians for the first time. Uncle Soon’s durians are also vacuum sealed for additional freshness and to prevent the neighbours from complaining about any odours.
Address: 401 Macpherson Road, #01-03, Macpherson Mall, Singapore 368125
Opening hours: Daily 1pm to 10pm
Tel: 6904 8552
Image credit: 128Durian’s Facebook page
Consisting of two branches, Ang Mo Kio and Upper Thomson, residents in the North can rest easy knowing that their durian cravings are sufficiently covered with 128Durian. Be sure to try the durians from their very own Pahang plantation. Check out their Facebook page for their limited-time promotions.
Address: 231 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574362 / 128 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, #01-1851, Singapore 560128
Opening hours: Daily 3pm to 10pm
Tel: 8752 1280
Free durian delivery on GrabFood
If you’re too lazy to queue up at a roadside store, especially under the sweltering heat and snaking long queues, why not get your durians delivered straight to you? With transparent prices and de-husked durians neatly shrink-wrapped, ordering durians are made much easier via GrabFood.
#GrabDurian returns for the fourth year in a row! From 27 to 29 July, get a 1.2kg to 1.5kg 100% Pahang Mao Shan Wang durian with at least 400g worth of flesh delivered to your door for only $20! Just use “GRABDURIAN” as the promo code to enjoy free delivery.
Open up the GrabFood app from 27 to 29 July, from 2pm to 5pm:
· Select the ‘GrabDurian’ merchant and add as many boxes of durians as you like
· Use the promo code ‘GRABDURIAN’ for free delivery*
*Terms and Conditions apply. Visit grb.to/eatbooklovesdurian for more details.
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