Durian Makan 2016

This year durian makan starts late. The poor crop at the beginning of the usual season in June led to our annual makan being postponed and postponed and then other commitments cropped up and before we know it, it is almost the end of the season.

So we gathered a few fellas and off we went. But instead of Ah Loon, this time I elected to try a new place that has just opened this year. This stall is in the heart of Siglap and Frankel located in a coffee shop. Not easy to find. And when we reached, there was no display of the usual durians. Instead there was just these 3 red baskets of durian which apparently was the one that were reserved for us! And that was the sum total of the stall. So what drove us here? The selling point that I heard about this place is they have a super duper Merah durian. M has tried this and spoke of how good it is. Unfortunately at the last minute, the boss messaged and said no Merah. The quality was no good and he rejected the lot. Sad!

So anyway, since we were there we might as well just enjoy whatever available. We started off with the  XO. dsc_1710

Sadly they were too wet and too “bitter”. A very very big disappointment.

XO

XO

Next up was something new for us. Tekka or Bamboo durian.dsc_1707

This is supposed to be a rather rare durian so I guess we were lucky to try it. The durian flesh is quite thick and rather creamy. Not everyone at the table like it though.

Tekka

Tekka

This was followed by 2 “Tai Wan” durian.  I am not exactly sure what is the real name of this durian. The durian were rather longish in size.dsc_1708

But what a disappointment. Both durian were not quite ripe with the flesh too hard with one almost not edible.  We complained to the Boss and he did not charge us for it which was a consolation.

Tai Wan

Tai Wan

Last but not least, we finished off with the usual Mao Shan Wang. The boss claimed his durian are from Segamat and not KL or other part of Malaysia and they were supposed to be good. dsc_1717

And yes they were good which was a relief. The 6 of us had 3 XO, 2 Tai Wan, 1 Tekka and 5 MSW. Certainly that was not enough. And since they had no more durian other than what was reserved for us, we went to good old Ah Loon where we “tabao” more durian.

Durian season should come to an end by the end of this month so  hopefully I can squeeze in one more session soon!

Durian Frenzy

Around this time of the year, I usually gather a few buddies and we will go to our favourite durian seller at East Coast Rd for durian buffet. This year, the first of the durian feast was on a Monday.

This was the scene that greeted us when we reached there. 02-DSC_0340In all my years of eating durian at Ah Loon, I have never seen it so crowded. In fact, he was already running out of Mao Shan Wang when we reached around 7.30. Luckily, we had made reservation and so we still got our fix.  It was the same scene at my other regular haunt at Pasir Ris. Just last night I reached at about 8 pm only to be told no more stock! Apparently the durian frenzy is going wild all over Singapore, due to the cheaper price and the hotter weather and all thanks to our neighbour, Malaysia.

Back to Ah Loon at East Coast, as they were selling the MSW at $15 per kg, we decided to forgo the cheaper durian buffet and just whacked the MSW.  There were 15 of us and together we had almost 35 kg or about 20 MSW.03-DSC_0351Truly this year crop of durian seems to taste much better. More fleshy, more taste and more creamier.

After finishing our MSW, for the benefits of those who had never tasted the other variants, we had some Golden Phoenix. The Golden Phoenix was selling at $12.00 per kg and which in our opinion wasn’t as good value as the MSW.04-DSC_0353And last but not least, Ah Loon had some not so good quality Black Pearl which he had discarded and we managed to took it off him for a discount. Indeed there was a worm in one of them but otherwise it was just as good.05-DSC_0355With the RM dropping faster than durian can drop from trees, looks like these few weeks is going to be durian durian durian.

Durian Makan 2014

The first durian makan for this year. This time with a group of running friends at the usual place at East Coast Rd. The desire to eat is still there but the stomach capacity has shrink and cannot eat so much.

This is what left of the fist or is it 2nd round of the durian. I think between the 9 of us, we ate at least 50 durians.

I think there is another round coming up soon.

Sinpopo Brand

Came across this quaint looking place at Joo Chiat and finally decided to walk in and sample the fares.

But first something about the place. It was designed to look like a place from the Seventies. Even the music that was playing were Chinese music from that era. Incidentally, the name Sinpopo if my memory serves me correctly is more well known in Geylang than Joo Chiat.

 The entrance to the place – there is this display of the menu, some biscuit tins. But it reminded me more of a shrine than a diner.

This is the cashier area. Looks like a road side stall from the Seventies.

There are display of old vinyl covers and mock up of those posters that was so common in the coffeeshop in the early days

Now we come to the food. The drinks are served in these old traditional metal can cup.

They are pretty traditional too. Faked bird nest drink. Very refreshing

 My favourite was the sng buay pop. Actually it was lime juice with the frozen juice moulded into a ball. This was shiok. I can imagine how good it will be on a hot day trickling down the throat.

But the food was a bit more disappointing. At $8.90 per item, it didn’t come cheap. The nasi lemak we ordered had the usual rice, half a hard boiled egg, some sambal ikan bilis and peanut and a chicken wing.

 The curry chicken was too thin. And certainly not spicy enough. But at least there was at least 5 pieces of wing joint.

We decided to try the Durian Pengat but the combo of coconut and durian didn’t go well. 

While I enjoyed the visit to the place and the trip down memory lane, the limited menu, the high price for basic local food and the so so food means that I won’t be returning any time soon. But for those who yearn for a look back in time, this is as close as it can get.

Durian Overload!

I think my love affair with durian is almost over. Haven’t been eating a lot this year and this is my first durian buffet for the year but I gave up very fast. Maybe it old age or maybe it really is durian overload.

The quality and quantity of the durian is still there but sighed…….

This time round we had 10 of us and we had 27 durians which don’t really seem a lot. There were the usual Red Prawn, the Black Pearl, D13, Jinfeng, Hulu, and the famed Mao Shang Wang.

Durian Brulee @ Pepper Bowl

Previously when I ate at Pepper Bowl, I did not had the chance to try the Durian Brulee. I figured it couldn’t look and smell good back in the office but what the heck, I couldn’t resist today and went ahead.

At $3.50 a pop, it wasn’t cheap but it was definitely worth it. It was so smooth not like those available at the many hotels’ buffet offering which is so lumpy nowadays. The durian wasn’t that over whelming just nice for back in the office conversation.