Packaged durian cake from Thailand

In the basement supermarket Jason’s in Mongkok’s Langham Place, the only durian related item available was this.


I thought the location was a little strange. These durian cakes were on a shelf next to other dried fruit products like raisins, dried strawberries and blueberries, even apple purée.

Well I suppose if you’re looking for dried fruit it could also mean you’re looking for durian :).

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Thai Durian Sale at the Wellcome Supermarket in Causeway Bay

We had a crazy day at IKEA. But that’s usually how it is on a Saturday afternoon. The only comfort I had was that a good 30% of the shoppers were stuck at Sogo’s “Thankful Week” madhouse sale. 

I’d popped in to Wellcome (block between Sogo and IKEA) just before our trip to IKEA to buy a pack of chocolate milk for the small person. While in the queue to pay, I spotted an indoor  durian stall. The staff were busy ripping up the durian husks and re-packaging the flesh into plastic boxes. 

It didn’t smell at all…“you can only do this with Thai durian, I thought. 

Sure enough, it was Thai durian that looked pretty good. The flesh was a rich golden hue and the packaging looked robust. Those packers did a good job. 


The lack of any aroma or scent was a deal breaker for me. I’m a nose-y person and if it doesn’t smell good then I’m much less inclined to try it. 


It was the first time that I’ve seen a sign in the supermarket warning customers about the spikes.. Though it’s so small and below line of sight that I doubt anyone would really notice.

Durian desperation in Seoul, Korea

My friend JH is a durian lover. I still remember one day in Singapore many years ago when we had copious amounts of white wine at the Wine Room, then excellent durian at Dempsey car park. We were so full (and she was mildly tipsy) that the chilli crab for dinner went untouched for several hours until the effects of full/ drunkenness wore off.

She went to Seoul to visit her parents over Christmas and sent me this picture.

  
She said that they bought a whole frozen Monthong durian from the Shinsegae supermarket in Myeoungdong. The defrosting took an entire day then they were able to peel the husk back as gently as an ripe banana. 

For less than USD30, she reckoned she got a bargain in Seoul and said it was delicious (well, at least it wasn’t disappointing).

Head over there if you need a durian fix!