It’s typhoon season in Hong Kong. These few days the passing typhoon brought pelting rain that lasted hours, drenching everything but giving all the streets a much needed wash. The rain brought the temperature down a bit but it’ll be muggy again before long.
Just a few days before Typhoon Merbok rolled into town, I set off on a short expedition to see if anyone in Wanchai was selling Musang King durians yet.
A survey of all the fruit stalls in the Wanchai market yielded only Thai durians. Hmm…..🤔
Ok how about we play Where’s Wally with durian.
This fruit stall on Stone Nullah Lane often gets a lot of foot traffic. The lady who runs it is a bit fussy and unfriendly if you’re looking for small quantities. I’ve seen her break out in huge smiles only when clients come in to buy a box of expensive fruit.
At this stall the Thai Monthong (aka Golden Pillow) goes for $20 per pound.
The durians are way in the back. Did you spot them? Reveal reveal….
This stall is crazily well lit. It literally has hanging lights and down lights spaced barely a foot apart. I suppose it’s nice that you can really see the fruit. No need to guess and easier to see the fruit’s imperfections. They had the durians a little more towards the front.
At this stall the durians go for $15 per pound.
Did you see them? Reveal reveal…!
Here, these durians go for $14.8 per pound.
Do you see the durians? Reveal reveal!
I could almost feel myself falling into that Teochew trap of “bo hae her ma hor” (no prawn fish also can)… it was tempting to buy a thai durian just to have some. But no. It just wouldn’t do. I knew it wouldn’t satisfy me. It would probably make it worse.
So I continued with my little visual tour and durian window shopping.
At the corner intersection of Cross Street, Wan Chai Road and Tai Wo Street, I stopped to see what durian activity there was.
Several cases has arrived and I went over to see the cargo. The uncle in charge was gloved up and very nimbly hauling out the durian and tapping them with his chopper. He was performing individual inspection of the fruit in each box.
The Thais have a formula for their durian producers. Stick with the productive fruit, ensure constant abundant supply to all overseas markets, dependable and consistent quality at a huge discount so that buying one is a simple decision making process. You simply know what you’re getting. And at that price, you can’t complain.
I was sorely tempted but just knew it wouldn’t satisfy. Yup, I’m the delayed gratification type most of the time, though sometimes the impulse demon just overwhelms me. Not today demon, not today.
I can almost hear the refrain by Pussy cat Dolls ….
(Substituting girlfriend for durian)
Don’t cha wish your durian was hot like me
Don’t cha wish your durian was a Musang king
Don’t cha wish your durian was raw like me
Don’t cha wish your durian tastes like Musang king