“Have you been to Apita before? It’s where most Japanese people go to do their shopping.”
As I hadn’t, my neighbour EB suggested that we take a trip to Apita Supermarket in Tai Koo Shing.
I am full of praise for this supermarket located in the basement. Upon descending by escalator, the cavernous brightly lit space opens up on two sides. Turn left. Pick up a basket, pop it on the trolley. Wheel past bakery shop Panash and try not to stop because you’ll be overwhelmed to purchase a bread bun. Enter fresh foods area.
Wide open aisles, neatly packed fresh produce greet you. All labelled in Chinese and English. I’d just finished inspecting the vegetables and saw the foreign fruit section. Sitting on its own little display crate were the prize.
The whole durians looked small-ish but good. The stems were on and I couldn’t detect any aromas. Price wise, it’s more expensive on a per kg/lb basis.
The packaged durian was double sealed. I was very impressed that I couldn’t detect a whiff of durian at all. The staff must have taken great care to ensure that no durian made contact with the exterior (not even transfer through gloves).
Then I saw this fantastic packaging display. Seriously, what artistic staff. To split the durian open perfectly in half, exposing the fleshy pellicles and balancing the other fruits on top without looking like it’s been mushed up? That is artistry.
And I couldn’t smell a thing. Just fantastic. Not even City Super does it like that.
This gets my vote for most eco-friendly packaging as there’s no excessive plastic surrounding it, just cling film. But you’ll need to carry it home very carefully so that you don’t end up with just durian pulp on top. (Of course the best is you buy it in husk which doesn’t require any packaging at all but then you can’t visually inspect the fruit)
They also had frozen durian mochis available but these are made from D24 so it’s a very different flavour.
I didn’t buy any but I did have durians on the weekend. Read about my durian challenge in the next post.