August 9, 2016

818 Durians & Pastries, Singapore…unpredictable quality at higher prices

Mao Shan Wang  aka musang kings have become a cult hit. The Mao Shan Wangs I know and love are usually a satisfying, glowing hue the color of turmeric. They are dense and utterly smooth and homogeneously creamy interior.

The ones here are not as they should be…though they are sold at premium prices.

People often assume that there’s a straightforward relationship between price and quality—a low price indicates something is of low quality; a high price indicates it’s high quality. If you find yourself considering 818 Durians & Pastries, be prepared for one thing: unpredictable quality at higher prices. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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July 7, 2015

Combat Durian, Singapore…Mau Sang Wang reigns supreme but you need to identify the real McCoy

Ahhhhh, it’s that time of the year again. The quest is on again for the delicacy that looks like a cross between a hedgehog and a hand grenade, with an odor that has been likened to rotten meat which caused it to be banned in hotels and public transportation in Singapore. Though I am not a hardcore, I, too, am into this whole durian eating business. So I headed to Balestier for some durian love.

The place is a semi permanent set up with plenty of tables and chairs. There’s quite a big selection of durians, from Mau Sang Wang and King of Kings, to the more common Red Prawn, you can pick you choose. So what is the fuss about the Mao Sang Wang (loosely translated : mountain cat or musang king in Malay), which is priced higher than the rest? It’s rich and creamy – almost buttery – small seeds and the slightly bitter sweet after taste lingers long in your mouth.

While there is no question about the Mao Shan Wang’s allure, identifying the real McCoy may sometimes be challenging. I asked for three Mau Sang Wang but the bloke at Combat Durian blatantly took one from the basket with the Mau Sang Wang sign and two from the other basket with the sign which reads King of Kings. When I enquired, he told me it’s the same and there’s no difference in price. There is a distinct difference in the two – the Mau Sang Wang reigns supreme and the other pales in comparison, but as at all durian stalls, once open considered sold.

Combat durian obviously has a very powerful position in the durian sellers market. With such unethical methods, Combat durian needs to be tamed, but there is no one simple solution. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

combat durian singapore

October 22, 2014

Taste Better, Melaka…those durian puff were love at first bite

The thing is, I love actual durians but I’ve never been a fan of anything durian flavoured – ice cream, cake, whatever. Taste Better is a small little pastry shop but everything looks pretty tempting, I can’t decide what to get. Don’t be intimidated by the array of unusual flavours here! This. Blew. Me. Away. Confession: I loved it. There, I said it!!

The sign crystal clearly states: 1 Bite Puff: I shot all in, don’t bite! Was so good that I ate up the whole puff at one go? not quite. Overall, I was impressed by my experience. Bite into one of the morsel sized Durian puffs and the Durian literally explodes from within the thin pastry. Not too sweet and yet made of the real deal. Rich, creamy, smooth. Heavenly.

Here’s where to go for your drool-worthy durian fix. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

melaka taste better durian puff

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