In a country where there’s a building in the shape of a durian, it’s unlikely that there’s any shortage of the actual fruit anywhere in this little red dot.
When it comes to picking the best shop to patronise, it’s always a dilemma especially with mixed reviews floating around the internet. With top grade mao shan wang available at almost every stall during the peak season, ambience and service are the next dealmakers. So here’s a guide to 9 sit-down durian stalls with great service all around Singapore that serve up the best mao shan wang:
– Central –
1. House of Durian (Toa Payoh)
Tucked away under a HDB block at Toa Payoh, House of Durian contains so much more than just durians alone. In here resides a variety of other fruits as well as durian creations – and by that I mean mao shan wang ice cream and smoothies made with actual durian in front of your eyes.
Mao shan wang ice cream in a cone ($2). You can get one in a cup for $4.
Mao shan wang smoothie ($4). Rich and creamy, this literally tastes like liquified durian!
Address: 211 Lor 8 Toa Payoh, Block 211, Singapore 310211
Contact:: 9489 7781
Price: $28/kg for MSW
2. Fruit Monkeys (Farrer Park)
Durians are “heaty” enough, and we don’t need things to get even more heated with the weather. A great respite from Singapore’s heat and humidity, Fruit Monkeys allows you to sit down under aircon and enjoy your durian without sweating.
Located a stone’s throw away from Farrer Park MRT Station, this indoor durian eatery left both our tummies and hearts full with the fleshy mao shan wang and heartwarming service. Complimentary gloves, water and tissue made for an amazingly convenient experience. NETs payment is accepted too.
The mao shan wang we got was on the sweeter and fleshier side, although too watery for some.
Address: 88 Rangoon Road #01-07 Rangoon 88, 218374
Contact: 9145 2860
Price: $28/kg (MSW)
3. 717 Trading (Serangoon Road)
A roadside durian place with honest and top-quality mao shan wang
717 Trading is the kind of place you’d go to for a lepak night out with good ol’ friends and some quality durian. The whole roadside experience was very simplistic and peaceful – staff were rather friendly as well.
The mao shan wang we got struck a perfect balance of bitter and sweet, and maintained it’s shape even though it was super creamy. Perfect for those who like something substantial to bite into.
717 Trading’s extension shop, Durian Empire – right around the corner from 717 – sells a variety of durian items including puffs, crepes, cakes and tarts. We tried their signature Durian Crepe ($5.80) and the rich and creamy durian flavour was clearly not artificial. Definitely worth a visit!
Address: Highland Centre, #01- 01, 22 Yio Chu Kang Rd, 545535
Opening Hours: 9AM–10PM
Contact: 6287 7717
Price: $30/kg (MSW)
– West –
4. Ah Seng Durian (Ghim Moh)
Ah Seng Durian has been around for a couple of years, never failing to win the hearts of Singaporeans in search for good quality durians, especially mao shan wang. Having a reputation for his honesty, Ah Seng is a friendly and bubbly store owner who’s almost always present, providing customers personal service.
The super friendly shop owner Source
Note: You should reserve your durians 1-2 days ahead because of high demand. It can also get very crowded so don’t come expecting a guaranteed seat!
Address: Block 150A Ghim Moh Road, #01-64 Ghim Moh Temporary Market, Singapore 270009
Opening Hours: 2.00 pm to 9.00 pm
5. LeLe Durian (Ghim Moh)
Lele Durian is known for it’s top-grade mao shan wang from Batu Pahat that rarely disappoints its customers. Their mao shan wang is known to be super bittersweet and addictively creamy in texture. With fluctuating prices throughout the year, catch them during the durian season and dig in!
Address: 20 Ghim Moh Road, #01-125 Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre, Singapore 270020
Opening Hours: 12:00am – 12:00am
Price: $23/kg on average for MSW
6. The Durian Tree (Bukit Batok)
There’s more to the West for durian-lovers than just Ghim Moh. The Durian Tree is a humble durian stall at Bukit Batok selling a great variety of durians – including fleshy mao shan wang at a very reasonable price. Service is noted to be extremely good by many customers who claim that they replace bad durians within reasonable requests.
Address: 277 Bukit Batok East Ave 3, Singapore 650277
Contact: 9812 4148
Opening Hours: 1:30–11PM
– East –
7. Ah Hung D24 Sultan Durian
Ah Hung D24 Sultan Durian has D24 in its name for a reason – their durians never fail to please D24 lovers. However, during peak season, Ah Hung prides itself on their flat-seeded, fleshy, and slightly bitter mao shan wang as well. Amongst the stretch of durian stalls at Sims avenue, I have to admit that Ah Hung is one of the fewer stalls that are genuine in both their quality and pricing.
Address: 109 Sims Ave, Singapore 387433
Price: $30/kg (MSW)
8. 227 Katong
Katong is not only the place to take Instagram-worthy hipster cafe shots, but also to savour drool-worthy mao shan wang. At 227 Katong, feast on these bright yellow fleshy pieces of durian at a relatively reasonable price with a bonus of great service – shiok. For those who wish to skip the disappointment of “sold out” durians for walk-in orders, you can also order online on their website.
Address: 227 East Coast Road Singapore
Opening Hours: 10.30 am to 10.00 pm
Price: $23/kg onwards (MSW)
– North –
9. Durian Kaki (Yishun)
If there’s one thing Yishun is good for other than rabak crimes, it’s durian. Be brave and tread those dangerous grounds, ‘cause it’s definitely worth it if you’re going to get mao shan wang at Durian Kaki.
Apart from excellent reviews of the creamy bittersweet king of fruits, their service has received a noteworthy amount of praise as well. A clean modern spin on the classic roadside durian stalls, with indoor seating to accommodate haters of our humid weather.
Note: Durian Kaki has temporarily ceased operations and will be back with a new batch of durians during their main season in June.
Address: 01 Yishun Avenue 9, 18 83 Junction Nine, 768893
Opening Hours: 2pm to 11pm
Contact: 8405 8509
Buy them durian the season and take your prick!
North, East, West, Central – durians don’t discriminate. Mao shan wang lovers, the main seasons are from early March to mid-April, mid-May to early July and late August to early October! So cash dem ousside all around Singapore at their peak seasons – and be sure to drink lots of water while you’re at it!