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??
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.
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?
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 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.
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