Restaurant: 101 Durian – Famous King of Durian Stand
Last visited: April 25, 2010
Location: Chinatown, Singapore
Address: Ground floor of Chinatown Complex Food Centre (Hawker Centre)
335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex
Take the MRT to Chinatown or Outram Park stations.
Price Range: $5 SGD – about $3.75 CAD
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
Durian: 6 (I do NOT like Durian, but this one was amazing)
- Most popular durian stand in Singapore
- Famous durian stand
- Popular for tourists and locals
- Serves only durian (sometimes mangosteen)
- Specialty: Mountain Cat Durian
- Fresh, freshly cut
- Imported daily
- Open late (around 10pm)
**Recommendations: Mountain Cat Durian
First off, I do not like durian. I’ve tried it a few occasions when it’s in season and I’m still not a fan. It is something I hope I can appreciate with age… but I haven’t acquired those taste buds yet.
The smell is rancid and it smells like 10 year old garbage. Every time I come near it I have to mask myself… yes I know, it’s immature. But seriously, imagine walking by a landfill – you’d do the same. On the other hand, people that enjoy the fruit consider this smell aromatic… I have yet to become one of these people.
Durian is popularly known in Asia as “the King of fruits”. I’d like to believe it’s because of its pointy thorns that make it resemble a king’s crown, but I really don’t think that’s the reason why. I mean it can’t be because it’s superior in taste, or could it? Well I wouldn’t have believed in its capabilities to “wow” me so quickly, but a bite of durian from this famous stand in Singapore made me a “I only like durian in Singapore” fan.
On the table:
They also have a small mangosteen stand nearby, but it’s not their main focus nor is it always there. I bought a bag and they were also quite sweet. These are one of my favourite fruits, but too bad they’re about $7/lbs in Vancouver.
- $10 SGD – about $6CAD
- This type of durian is known to have a small seed. It’s also known to be the sweetest variety of durian.
- I kid you not that this is the best durian I have ever tried and I actually really liked it. It’s a super fatty fruit and so indulgent.
- It still smells like a**, but it was delicious!! You get over the smell fast when it tastes this good and it really does become “aromatic”.
- It tastes like very creamy and velvety rich cake batter. It was so buttery, rich and thick like custard.
- It was like eating stringy fiberous melted ice cream. So pungent, so sweet and so delicious. I know my description sounds kind of gross, but it wasn’t.
- For durian this is a 6/6, but on a wider scale of fruit it was a 4/6 for me.
- Now I really won’t be able to enjoy another durian unless it’s from 101 Durian. I tried it again in Vancouver to see if my taste buds had “matured” yet… and nope… I still don’t like it at home.
- I think this Mountain Cat Durian was actually imported from Malaysia and I kind of regret not trying one while in Malaysia.