A special durian import from Singapore

I was so happy when JaQ contacted me informing me that she was coming to Hong Kong… and more importantly did I want any durian?

Well you all know the answer to that! I asked her to bring for me what she could reasonably carry without overburdening herself. We agreed on two boxes.

She told me that she’d obtain the durian from the stall in Dempsey which she had gone to a few nights before. She said the durian was delicious but that the season was ending. STOP. Let me interpret that for you. Season ending means price is on an upward trajectory. 

A few nights before, JaQ paid 23 SGD per kilo… by the time she got it for me, it had increased to 28 SGD per kilo. JaQ’s observation was that it was buying gold, with a daily spot price. She’s absolutely right! 

Anyway I asked her to take some photos for me so that I can share the experience. I have to say now that both the durian and the packaging was fantastic. A big thank you to JaQ for all the effort. Much appreciated.

Ok here we go:

Doesn’t look like much of a crowd that night. Three couples on a durian date… because it’s the ultimate test.

In the event you’d like to inquire and reserve your durians in advance.. the only way to secure the better quality fruit.

JaQ got me 3 durians, just about 4.5Kg.

Ooh look at the beautiful fruit… it got me salivating.., I could imagine the aroma…

As it was coming by air, it had to be properly sealed. The vendor uncle did a good job ensuring that the durian didn’t move within the container (individual wrapping in cling film takes care of that) and the paper absorbs moisture, prevents prying eyes and heat penetration.

Then everything slips into a vacuum bag for air-tight sealing. Not forgetting the label, of course. Nothing going in or out of that, not even a molecule of air. Yup.

The ringgit is really weak, good for Singaporeans who enjoy Malaysia imported food 🙂

JaQ even threw in a gift for me! Thanks JaQ! Freeze dried durian. I’ve opened it and had a few pieces but am saving it… it has to last me til Christmas when I return for my next fill!

Roaring Trade at Dempsey Car Park

Dempsey Car Park Durian Stall

Attention: All Durian Lovers from Malaysia who are vacationing in Singapore and wondering where to go have some durian while seeing the sights…

The other night while driving down from dinner at Dempsey, I noticed that the durian stall at Dempsey doing great business. When we drove in to Dempsey, the durians lined the shelves and the stall had many baskets of fruit for sale. Then after dinner, when I took this photo, the durians were almost all sold out.

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to stop and peruse their shipment and durian but I’ve eaten there before and can assure you that it’s a premium (due to location and convenience) but you also pay for what you get. The durians are reliably good.

So if you want to have a romantic dinner and durian, then consider one of the nice places in Dempsey and take a short stroll down towards the stalls which is past the Samy’s curry and Beets Restaurant towards Holland Road.

Here’s a map!