The durian scene is very different from when I was a kid. Durians used to be just durians. We never used to have special names attached to them. Then around the late 2000's, D24 appeared on the scene which started the age of the durian cultivars. The D24 Sultan dominated the scene for a few years before the throne was usurped by the Musang King who currently reigns supreme!
Fans of bitter sweet durians would be starstruck by the dark greyish green seams of the “Black Gold” durian. This is the stuff durian aficionados dream about. Durian devotees will instinctively know that those black seams are a sign of a mature durian tree capable of producing deep, bitter, complex flavours with a musky, seductive […]
The Durian Tree: Honesty is the Best Durian Policy
I started writing about durians back in 2008. At the time, I was motivated by the quest for durian knowledge precipitated by the emergence of so many different durian cultivars which was unheard of when I was a kid. Everyone knew of Mao Shan Wang and D24 but there was scant information about these cultivars and […]
Leong Tee Durians: The Durian Cultural Revolution!
When people buy durians, they want two things. One is good durians and two is paying an honest price for it. This is what everybody wants. But as you and I know, it isn’t always easy to fulfill both criteria. I guess that is why most people would stick to a particular durian seller when […]
I got an excited SMS from my durian guru that Ah Seng has been stocking some very good Tawa this season. I had only a very brief encounter with this durian last time, so I had to make a special trip to Ah Seng to find out what the fuss was all about. According to […]
March is the short season for some of the lesser known cultivars. So it is good news for durian connoisseurs looking to walk the road less traveled! Generally, these durians will remind you of the kampung durians of the old days. They come from certain plantations in Malaysia and generally they have not been cultivated […]
Pulau Ubin is a magical place. Well, let me qualify that. It is a magical place if you are Singaporean but if you live in Malaysia, it probably looks like just another one of their small little kampung towns and you wouldn’t even give a hoot about on your social media app. When I was […]
Wan Li Xiang 万里香: In pursuit of the Singapore Durian
My exploration of Singapore’s Durian culture has brought me to this season’s finale with the discovery of Singapore’s very own Pulau Ubin durians and possibly Singapore’s oldest Durian seller! The fact that there are Pulau Ubin Durians might be of a surprise to you, but for Durian devotees and especially the one’s who have lived […]
Kong Lee Hup Kee Trading: Excuse me, are you Mr Mao Shan Wang?
When I was a kid, durian season was very special and we would look forward to it with much anticipation. Nowadays, it feels as if you can get durians throughout the year. That is made possible by the lengthening of the Malaysian durian season as well as the importation of durians from other countries such […]
It’s been a rather fruitful (literally) Durian Season for me as I managed to expand the list of Durian cultivars as well as reliable Durian stalls on the blog. I hope that it will be a useful reference for you when you head out for your next Durian Feast! As the season draws to a […]
Kong Lee Hup Kee Trading: Tale of Durian Couple selling the Fruit of Love!
I began this Durian season with the frustration of having met some down right crooked Durian sellers. So I embarked on a new series of Durian exploration with renewed vigor and was very blessed to have the assistance of Durianologist, Tommy Lim who has been providing me with tips on where to find the best […]
I really hit the Durian jackpot last week when I responded to an urgent call from my Durianologist who excitedly told me that he was in Sembawang to check out some Lao Tai Po (Grand old lady) Durians. It so happened that 11th July is the boss’s birthday and it has been his practice to […]