Singapore is about to start smelling… “interesting” soon, as restaurants in the country are starting to cash in on the nation’s growing obsession with the fruit. For many Singaporeans, the ritual to hunt down the best and ripest Mao Sha Wang and D24 from Geylang street-side stores has become an annual tradition. Not only are more stalls offering better durians, but ambitious bakeries and restaurants have also injected some much-needed creativity and flavours into the durian season — and this is great news for all of us.
For those who have never tried this fruit before, durian is an acquired taste. So, don’t let the pungent smell put you off. It’s definitely worth the try! Regarded as the ‘King of Fruits’, durians have become customary for almost every household around the island. Fun fact: There are more than 30 different types of durians across Asia that come in different sizes and tastes. Which one is your favourite?
Unfortunately, the surge of Covid-19 cases in neighbouring countries has limited the movements of durian trade and most of our durians are imported from Malaysia, Thailand or Indonesia. But don’t let that bring you down. We can still purchase durians from local sellers and enjoy durian-flavoured pastries or even cakes from cafes and restaurants around the island.
As the durian party kicks off in Singapore, we’re ready to give you our list of top-rated restaurants and shops offering durian delivery — and they’re all available on foodpanda. Now, you don’t have to worry about getting your hands dirty and can focus on enjoying this unique fruit from the comfort of your home. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Rating: 4 out of 5 | 110 Lor 23 Geylang, #07-13, Singapore 388410
Founded in 2017, this homegrown startup is known for its handcrafted premium durian delicacies. Durian desserts are the thing to get here and the range is impressive as this spot was established upon the idea of bringing families and loved ones together through the love of the fruit. Golden Moments never failed to innovate and they had successfully come up with new and unique ways for people to enjoy artisanal durians.
We highly recommend the Pandan Mao Shan Wang Durian Cake. The creamy and soft mousse texture is finely blended and infused with Mao Shan Wang durian puree. The middle layer is made out of fluffy pandan chiffon cake, giving you that toasty coconut flavour. The best part? The cake is covered with spectacular apple crumble bits. Just one bite into it and you’ll be completely hooked. If you’re in the mood for something a little more indulgent, you might find yourself enjoying The Black Forest Mao Shan Wang Cake. Consisting of silky chocolate mousse, this cake is layered with 55% dark chocolate sponge cake, dark cherry puree and their signature Mao Shan Wang durian puree.
The exquisite Premium Durian French Crepes are also available on foodpanda. It’s rich. It’s delicious. It’s just oh-so-creamy. Inspired by the traditional french pâtisserie, this dessert marries a combination of soft sponge cake and pure Mao Shan Wang flesh puree to create a unique fusion of traditional Singaporean flavours in the form of a french crepe.
These artisanal durian desserts by Golden Moments make the perfect gifts for family members, friends or even as a treat for yourself.
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 | 1 Senoko Avenue #03-05 Foodaxis, Senoko, Singapore 758297
By now, this place needs no introduction but let us tell you a little backstory about the establishment. Four Seasons Durians was originally established in the early ’70s as a fresh fruit stall along Thomson Road. In 2002, renowned baker Victor Chan, decided to take over the fruit stall and transformed it into a thematic store offering not only the King of Fruits itself but other durian infused confectioneries. Almost everything is delicious here, from the sweet durian swiss roll to more intricate offerings like Mao Shan Wang Mooncakes.
Four Seasons Durians’ menu showcases delectable treats such as the Charcoal Rosette Cake, Premium Durian Mochi or the fluffy Shou Bi Nan Shan Cake that makes the perfect cake to celebrate longevity and wisdom with. The light and airy Premium Durian Puffs are bursting with tasty durian cream filling, making them the ultimate showstoppers that will impress your family and friends. For all you durian newbies, we recommend trying the Mao Shan Wang Durian Ice Cream, which blends 100% MSW puree to achieve the perfect rich and creamy texture. It’s the perfect dessert that helps keep your stress levels low.
Are you looking for something that you can enjoy on an everyday basis? Then you’ll love the Durian Kaya! Kaya is one of Singapore’s most quintessential breakfast spreads and most of us Singaporeans still can’t get enough of it. Best served on warm toast, this classic sweet and creamy coconut spread comes with a bold (yet delicious) durian flavour. You know you’ve gone full local Singaporean when you crave Kaya for a casual afternoon snack.
From artisanal cakes to durian infused spread that you can enjoy every morning, we’re ready to deliver your durian cravings straight to your doorstep.
Rating: 4 out of 5 | 221 Boon Lay Pl, Singapore, 64022
Seasoned durian hunters, this one’s for you.
Durian is known for being more expensive than other fruits but those who love it consider it a delicacy. Scoring good durians requires skills (ruthless negotiations and a nose for quality). It’s not easy getting first dibs when choosing the best ones. However, the pandemic makes it almost impossible for us to hunt the best durians during the season. In times like these, we all need comfort food more than ever. If you’re looking to treat yourself to some of the tastiest durian fleshes, we now deliver various types of durians from different grades. Order now and get your durian fix delivered straight to you WITHOUT the tiring hunt.
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 | 1 Woodlands Square, #B1 – K10, Singapore, 738099
Launched in 2009, Sunlife Durian Puffs and Pastries is known for its wide range of 100% pure durian delicacies. Having been trained in the finest art of pastry baking in Japan and Hong Kong, the founder of this shop strives to craft the best and freshest pastries at shockingly affordable prices. Scrumptious durian puffs, cake roll, macarons, cakes — these are just some of the sweet offerings that you can expect from the chef.
You can order a box of Mini Durian Puffs straight to your doorstep. Expect a highly-addictive soft pillowy pastry filled with fresh D24 durian puree. Find elaborately baked durian cakes made out of three layers of extra-moist vanilla chiffon cake, two layers of pure durian filling, topped with creamy frosting and crunchy macarons. Looking for something to delight your loved ones? The D24 Durian Mochi is definitely buzz-worthy. Soft and chewy on the outside, each bite of this mochi has a delicious durian puree filling that just melts in your mouth.
This spot is also great if you’re looking for afternoon pick-me-up treats that are not durian flavoured. Meet chocolate éclairs, a dainty elongated pastry made out of crispy choux pastry with chocolate custard filling dipped into a decadent chocolate glaze. The chocolate has just the right amount of sweetness without overdoing it. We highly recommend it. Adding twists on the traditional vanilla chiffon cake, this pâtisserie whipped up a very unique dessert called the Lychee Rose Cake, which uses rose flavoured fresh cream with generous amounts of lychee fruit slices. If you haven’t tried this yet, stop what you’re doing and order from foodpanda now.
If you find yourself with an unshakeable craving for durians or other durian-infused desserts, do yourself a favour and head to the foodpanda app. Discover local durian shops, artisanally-made durian desserts from renowned restaurants or bakeries and other delicious eateries on foodpanda.