Love it or hate it, durian season is upon us. Durians are perfectly fine on their own, but if you’re looking to zhng it up or buy something nice for your durian-loving friend, you’re in the right place! We’re on the hunt for the best durian creations in Singapore, judging them based on Innovation, Presentation and Uniqueness! Here are our top picks:
P.S. you can make some of them yourself with delicious durian recipes, too!
1. Burnt Durian Cheesecake
Source: The Chalk Farm
Burnt cheesecake has made waves over the past year or so, but this unique Durian Burnt Cheesecake ($130) twist by The Chalk Farm means you can enjoy the complex flavours of burnt cheesecake and durian together! If it’s too much of a heavy combination for you, they also have a 4-layered Pandan Durian Cake ($94) that is coated in gula melaka cream. Located at Paragon and Parkway Parade, look out for this special the next time you’re there, or opt for home delivery from their website.
Website: The Chalk Farm
2. Durian Cheese Tart
This exclusive Durian Cheese Tart recipe is an exciting treat that makes use of fresh durian meat. With just 9 other ingredients, including your baking essentials like flour, butter, sugar and vanilla essence, you can easily elevate your durian feast.
As the tart combines the sweetness and fragrance of the durian with the richness from cheese, this might just be the treat to convert your friends and family into durian lovers.
Preparation Time: 1 hour 15 mins. Serves 10.
3. Durian Macarons
Source: Sun Life Pastries
There’s a debate on whether French or Italian macarons are better, but this Singapore special is sure to win some hearts. With a generous amount of pure durian puree wedged in between vanilla macaron shells, these durian macarons ($12 for a box of 6) are great for parties, or just as an indulgent tea time snack.
Website: Sun Life Pastries
4. Durian Snowskin Mooncake
Mid Autumn Festival is coming in just under 3 months, but you can KIV this Durian Snowskin Mooncake recipe or practise your snowskin-making skills using this year’s bountiful produce of durian. As we’ve all learnt making bak zhangs, practise makes perfect!
As we are making the snowskin version, you don’t even need to get involved with baking – it’s really simple.
The filling, which is a mix of lotus paste & durian flesh, is refreshing and addictive, especially if frozen properly to retain its shape and texture without falling apart. A tip is to use the plastic mould if you’re a beginner as it is really much easier to use. Don’t say we never say hor!
Preparation Time: 1 hour. Serves 8 pieces.
5. Durian Ang Ku Kueh
Source: Ji Xiang Confectionary
While we’re on the topic of Chinese desserts, Durian Ang Ku Kueh ($1.80) definitely deserves the spotlight. Traditionally, Ang Ku Kuehs are filled with peanut, corn or sweet bean fillings, but while you argue with your siblings over which traditional Ang Ku Kueh filling is best, this seasonal flavour takes the cake (or in this case, the kueh) for now. Enjoy it while it’s still on the menu, by ordering on the website for self collection at the Bugis outlet.
Website: Ji Xiang Confectionary
6. Durian Milkshake
Source: Durian BB
Durian has a terrible reputation of being heaty, but in milkshake form ($8.80), perhaps the iciness would balances out the heatiness quite nicely. The shop Durian BB also serves other interesting Durian desserts, such as Durian Chendol ($7.80), Durian Egg Tarts ($3.80) and Durian Polo Bun ($4.80). Pay a visit to their outlet at Crawford Lane, or order it online to enjoy these amazing durian concoctions.
Website: Durian BB
7. Durian Creme Brulee
Source: The Quarters Bistro and Grill
If you say it fast enough, “creme brulee” sounds like “can boleh”, which roughly translates to no problem, can do. And that’s exactly what this Durian Creme Brulee ($9) is called on the Quarters’ menu. If you’ve got a sweet tooth and a craving for durian, this could be on top of your to-eat list.
(Prefer to make Creme Brulee yourself? Check out our recipe here.)
Website: The Quarters Bistro and Grill
8. Durian Fish Soup
This combination… we’re not too sure about, but Angela Chng (@skatercoder) on her website Skater Coder gave quite a good review on this Organic Durian Fish Soup ($12) located in Tampines.
On her website, she says that the “durian blends quite well with the fish soup, the durian flavour is not overpowering but gives the soup additional flavour. The fresh red chilli and black pepper give an additional kick and flavour as well.”
It’s certainly a combination we wouldn’t have thought of — so full marks for innovation for sure!
Website: Wang Yuan Fish Soup
Durian is the King of Fruits, and it could well be the King of cakes, tarts, and even fish soup! Tell us whether you like these combinations (or not) in the comments or in our FB cooking community. Better yet if you manage to try any of our durian recipes — we’ll be waiting for your reviews!
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