We went to the SEA aquarium today, perhaps not the best idea given that it’s the day after Christmas. The queues were mighty long, both for tickets and to enter. Inside, the main exhibits were filled with people all jostling for a look. The big tank areas were being used for picnics. Yep, definitely not the best day.
Anyway, we’re not home too often so the tourist behaviours manifest and attempting to keep the kids from going crazy is a main objective of each day. As long as they willingly head to bed between 9-11pm, we’re patting ourselves on the back.
Ok I digressed. On the way for the car park to the aquarium, we went past the trick eye museum, the Malaysian food street and the durian stall. Pause. Rewind. Durian stall? That was definitely not here last time I came! Well, neither were the Malaysian nor korean food streets.
Of course I had to take a look.
Smelled pretty food. A small selection of durian sold at pretty high prices.
All Musang Kings. 33 SGD per kg.
These are called Musang king black gold and go for a whopping SGD 40 per kilo.
Not cheap but there were clients evidently. I saw a table of four enjoying the fruit nearby. After the aquarium visit we walked back the same way and it was clear that the two rows of durian had reduced to one row of durians within a two hour period. I guess when in Sentosa, tourists are willing to pay Sentosa prices.
Musang Kings or Mao Shan Wangs are back in season.
At Sogo they have the whole durians on sale but you can also buy them already in packets. Looks good.
You can see from the picture above, a packet with just one segment will set you back HKD 170-200. Worth it?
The whole durian is HKD 42 per 100 grams, that’s 420 per kg. So according to my exchange rate calculator that’s SGD 70 per kg. That’s RM 220 per kg. Aiyo ka gui bui sai jiak (translation from Teochew: ah too expensive cannot eat la).
Unless you’re not flying to Singapore or Malaysia for Christmas break then no choice if you’re desperate for a Musang king and at Sogo.
I thought this article was particularly amusing. China embassy staff on Singapore produced a free pamphlet for chinese tourists on Do’s and Don’ts when visiting the country.
They had an official launch for the pamphlet, which in itself I find quite amusing. Apparently these pamphlets are available at Changi Airport.
The pamphlet also covers behaviour in public areas. Taking durian on a bus or train is “unofficially prohibited”, it cautions. The tropical fruit is known for its pungent smell that can be offensive to those who do not like it.
“How are we going to transport the fruit?” I hear the tourists protest..!
Sounds like a new service that an enterprising durian stall could offer. Online durian delivery services in sealed pouches of perhaps organised durian feasts for the tourists to enjoy.
Fruit Monkeys? Maybe you guys should advertise at Changi Airport 😉
The other name for nangka is jackfruit. Perhaps you know it by that name?
I was walking by Sau Wa Fong near Star street one recent weekend and spotted the jackfruit hanging off the very productive tree. Boy, did it look good. No, I’m not going to steal any. I don’t know who the tree belongs to and how it’s looked after. What I did do, was march down to the supermarket and buy myself a pack of Malaysian jackfruit. Yum yum, it was sweet, chewy and aromatic.
What I did reflect on was that it would’ve been incredible to have a durian tree next to it. I don’t see why the durian tree can’t thrive here, especially with global warming… the winters have been getting shorter and milder.
Anyone got a space for a durian tree on their doorstep?