The sign clearly said Red Prawn. It wasn’t in Chinese characters, it was plain English. But at a glance the durian was clearly NOT the Red Prawn (D175) durian I’d learned to adore on Penang Island, Malaysia. “No,” the seller at Combat Durian in Belastier agreed, as I examined and questioned. “That’s “Singapore Red Prawn. […]
Fast Facts About Singapore's Durians:
Singaporeans have the highest per capita consumption of durian in the world, and import over 22,000 tons of durian every year from Malaysia.
The majority of durians sold in Singapore come from Malaysia, but they also import from Thailand and recently, the Philippines.
Planned urban growth has left a green space and forested areas that are rife with wild durians and abandoned orchards.
There are three registered Singaporean durian varieties, but no one has reported eating them since the 1990's. Maybe you can find them: H.C. Tan No. 2, H. C. Lim, and Lim Keng Meng.
Oops. It’s already May, and if it were any other normal durian year, durians would be dropping in Malaysia and I’d be apologizing to all you durian munchers for being so tardy in releasing the Malaysia 2019 Durian Guide. Luckily durians are late this year too. Keep scrolling down to see lists of recommended durian […]
Every inspirational story starts with a mistake, and The Durian Story in Serangoon has it’s own thorny past and delicious dreams. I’m wishing them luck, cuz I want to go back and eat more of their Tekkah durian. About Serangoon North If you’re not from Singapore, it’s easy to imagine that Singapore is single, cohesive […]
Geylang Durian Street is dangerous if you’re a durian lover. It’s especially dangerous if you’re a new durian lover, and obviously not a local Singaporean. It’s here, maybe more than anywhere else in the world, that you’re likely to get duped into buying some seriously bad durian, for the worst price. My Singaporean durian friends […]
When I tell you where I ate my 10 best durians of the year, I’m telling you a story about me. “Best durian” are deeply personal. They’re where I was and what I was doing and what was important to me when I ate them. This post, The 10 Best Durian of 2017 is essentially […]
Or I don’t think anyone’s dead yet. I haven’t actually checked. Two weeks ago, 11 daring durian lovers met me at the Ministry of Durian, a shop in Singapore, to combine ungodly amounts of durian with beer in an attempt to put science to the widespread myth that combining durian and alcohol will kill you, […]
Durian is always a great conversation starter, especially when it sometimes kills people. Behold these newspaper headlines from 1930’s to present, which I have collected out of some kind of morbid fascination: These are not the traumatic deaths from durian falling on people, although that happens too (be comforted: it’s not common). These are deaths of gluttony, […]
I can think of no better way to celebrate a new year and a new website design than with a glass or two of durian wine. A toast to you, your durian adventures, and a good durian season this 2016! Do you know how hard it’s been not to spill about this? I wanted to post about […]
The Durian Tree is a place you should know about if you’re going to Singapore. It’s new, it’s trendy, and it’s very popular with those in the durian know. I felt very lucky to be invited there by a Singaporean durian club. I haven’t felt so cool since, well, maybe never. Getting pink high tops in […]