I was at the “Wan Chai- Shibuya style” crossing, waiting to get to the other side of Hennessy Road. My eagle eyes and super sharp durian radar are always on “search mode” (sort of like the Terminator or Robocop, maybe like the spaceship scanners in the Matrix). What was that on the other side of the six lane road??
You can’t go wrong with a name like that. No mincing of words, no mystery, no guessing. A shop called Musang King must be all about the King, only the King and nothing else. Right?
I popped in for a look.
It was a small shop (replaced the Ice.licious whimsical popsicle store), just wide enough to fit the freezers and fridges, leaving enough room for clients to get in there, buy and leave. It’s not a cafe and there’s no reason to hang around. On the day I went, there were three female staff on duty. It seemed a little excessive given that XTC makes do with one given a similar space and set up. Perhaps it’s just temporary staff for the opening sales… they may be expecting hoards of people.
Everything was in the fridge. It was Glass panelled so that you can see what’s for sale and how much for. There was an interesting array of durian derived sweet and savouries, ranging from durian filled baos (buns), durian pizza (uh huh) and durian crepes and assorted tarts.
The Durian Musang king ice cream sticks were particularly appealing to me.. it was a sweltering hot day and I salivated at the thought of a cold Musang king.
There was also packaged frozen D24 durian for sale and frozen whole durians, both D24 and Musang Kings.
On the counter next to the fridges sat a heated display unit with some puff pastries.
I asked the staff where the products were made, in malaysia or here?
All in Malaysia, came the reply (according to their FB page, they’re located in Raub, Pahang). Except for these in the heated display unit. These, she gestured, were made by us here.
I made up my mind to try a durian popsicle. Attempting to help myself, I tugged at the freezer door handle.
To my surprise, I couldn’t open the door. That’s when I realised it was locked! Hmm. Was it to prevent thieves from running off with a few boxes of delicious, expensive biomaterial or just to prevent the temperature fluctuations from repeated door opening and closing?
One of the ladies saw what I was trying to do and sprung into action.
“What are you trying to get?” She asked
“Durian ice cream” was my reply.
“You want one or one box?”
“Just one please, if it’s good I’ll come back for more.”
She went behind the little counter and pulled my requested popsicle out of another freezer.
Eating it now or later?
Now I said.
She tore the box open for me and cut the top of the plastic packaging so that I could hold on to the stick.
I slipped it out of the packaging and walked out into the street with it. What great free advertising for the shop.
The ice cream was smooth and well emulsified. It had a nice bite to it and melted smoothly in the mouth. Texture 8/10. Taste wise, it was very sweet with no hint of bitter. 6/10..
It was all done by the time I reached Johnston road. The burp that made itself known came about 20 minutes later with the very distinct digested durian aroma. 7.5/10.
I guess these durian popsicles are made in big batches but how much more interesting would it be if you could select a bitter popsicle?
This shop that started in the autumn of last year only does frozen stuff, most practical cold chain from Malaysia I suppose. They are now actively distributing to China. Its ok for a popsicle but if you prefer fresh fruit, you’ll just have to wait until durian season (starting soon).
Find Pahang Musang King at 263 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai. About 7 minute walk from the MTR station or 4 minutes walk from the Fleming/Burrows Tram stop.
Pahang Musang King, Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
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