Sydney Durian Alert Update

Okay I did a bit more reading and here are the supermarkets that will be distributing the durian. No prices mentioned but I reckon it might be pricey.

V Plus Supermarkets in Campsie and Liverpool.

Kingsford Oriental and Asian stores in Cabramatta

They will be stocking D24s and the Raja Musang (Mao San Wang).

So if you’re walking by and expecting the wafting smell of durians… I doubt you’ll be smelling any as it’ll likely be well packed!


From Bernama News:

MELBOURNE, Oct 30 (Bernama) — Southeast Asian customers waited with eager anticipation as the latest shipment of “Raja Musang”, the “King of Durian”, hit some Asian stores in Sydney this week.

Leading importer of this product to Australia, Weng Sam, director of Rockman Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest Asian importers and wholesalers, said he was expecting “great things from this deliciously succulent product”.

He has already started distributing it to his Asian grocery suppliers around Australia.

This is his second container load of durians valued at about A$70,000.

His first shipment comprised D24 and Raja Musang but the more expensive Raja Musang proved to be well-received and sold out within a couple of weeks.

“I initially brought in more D24 than Raja Musang, because it was cheaper and there was a demand for it in the market. But once buyers tasted Raja Musang, they said forget about it! No more D24,” Weng Sam said.

“There is no other durian that can beat the taste of Raja Musang!” he said. “But the only problem, of course, is the price. It fluctuates.”

But that does not seem to concern Australian customers.

“One excited lady said her husband did not care how costly durian was. He was just anxious to buy it as soon as it was available in stores and would even pay A$100 for one durian,” Weng San said.

“Another lady Elizabeth Chan remarked when she heard about the Malaysian durians in Sydney, it ‘light up my life’,” he said.

Johnny Wan, a Malaysian in Sydney sent his sister to get two cartons of the fruit. He said: “I don’t care how much it cost… I don’t want to miss it this time.”

Malaysians and Singaporeans have been contacting the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) Sydney office to find out which stores stocked the delicious Raja Musang.

For Sydney Matrade commissioner Ong Yew Chee, it was one fine afternoon where a phone call from Weng Sam started the Raja Musang entry into Sydney.

Weng San was looking for a supplier and Ong arranged a meeting with Hernan Corporation in Kuala Lumpur.

Rockman is grateful to Ong for the connection which has been working closely with Sydney Matrade to get more Malaysian products into Australia, including Dewina’s products, London Biscuits and Yik Khang Frozen Foodstuffs.

Raja Musang durian is being sold in several Asian supermarkets in Sydney such as V Plus Supermarkets in Campsie and Liverpool, Kingsford Oriental and Asian stores in Cabramatta where it has met with enormous success even among the Vietnamese community.

Although it has been under a week since this King of Durian been unloaded in Sydney, already a third of the container has a been sold, with new retailers in negotiations with Weng Sam, to get their orders in.



8 thoughts on “Sydney Durian Alert Update

    • Hi Pierre,

      It’s winter there now… so I doubt you’ll find fresh ones. But frozen is definitely a possibility!

      Best of luck on the durian hunt.

      🙂 S1

      • Aha, well that’s different entirely then. Of course you’ll have the frozen Malaysian durian Mao Shan Wang, but I think you might be able to find the Darwin North Australian grown durians in Chinatown. Go have a look and don’t be shy to ask around.

        Have a fabulous time there, it’s one of my favorite cities.

        🙂 S1

  1. Hi again S1, time is approaching fast, we’re flying to Sydney in less than 2 weeks!

    I searched everywhere but had a hard time finding where in Sydney I can find MSW durian. I found some shops selling it in Cramabetta, but that’s 45KM away from city center (where we’ll be staying).

    Do you know of any address or shop name where MSW will be available near the Harbor or Opera house?

    Many thanks!

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