Giveaway alert: 5 boxes of D24 Mooncakes. Read on to find out more.
For durian fans, the introduction of the durian mooncakes might very well be the next biggest thing since the wheel. The national fruit of Singapore has been making its rounds in Mid Autumn Festival for the past 6 years, making the festive period a perfect reason to indulge in the luscious fruit. With ever more vendors coming on the bandwagon, OpenRice presents the only durian mooncake guide you'll need this year.
What began as a humble fresh fruit stall along Thomson Road in the 1970s has transformed itself into a durian confectionery chain spanning 6 outlets islandwide. Having made waves with local durian lovers over their durian mochi, durian pancakes and most recently their Mao Shan Wang soft serve ice cream, Four Seasons Durian is releasing their D24 and Mao Shan Wang Durian Mooncakes using only 100% durian encased within a velvety snowskin.
At $128 for a box of 4, value-for-money might seem a stretch for some. But gram for gram, the Premium Mao Shan Wang Durian Mooncake is worth its weight in durian gold. A poignant fragrance comes through clearly throughout every bit of the silky smooth durian puree, packing a good punch of flavour, spelling quality Mao Shan Wang. Each mouthful is as close as it gets to chowing down on the real fruit itself.
Durian 'Oomph' Factor: 10/10
Come Mid Autumn Festival every year, the homegrown confectionery takes on the durian mooncake category by storm.
This year, Home's Favourite is showcasing a menu with no less than 7 different types of durian creations, headed by their signature Snow-skin Top Grade Black Gold Mao Shan Wang - rich, pulpy durian filling beneath its distinctive black charcoal snowskin dusted in gold.
Joining the ranks this year is their Top Grade D13 Durian Mooncake and the red-flesh D13 durian indeed delivers when it comes to the flavour department.
Durian 'Oomph' Factor: 9/10
Carlton's signature Mini "Mao Shan Wang" Durian Snowskin this year features a new and improved recipe.
Each box with its gold cover and inlays holds 8 glittering nuggets of mini durian snowskins within.
The smooth, soft snowskin is packed with premium Mao Shan Wang durian pulp, more fibrous than custard smooth, but adding texture with each bite.
Durian 'Oomph' Factor: 7/10
A stalwart in the durian mooncake category, Goodwood Park Hotel has not disappointed with its tapestry of colours andflavours for Mid-Autumn Festival this year.
The Premium Durian Snowskin Combo features a quartet of 4 different durian snowskin variants - Butter, Green Bamboo, D101 and Red Prawn - four different durian pulps each with their own distinct nuance of flavour.
The fun of sampling 4 durians in a box effectively earns the combo our vote as 'Variety Pack to Watch'.
Durian 'Oomph' Factor: 8/10
The fruit of the East meets the drink of the West with the delightfully quirky creation from The Cookie Museum - rich creamy durian pulp made even creamier with the snowskin whisked up from Baileys Irish Cream.
Durian 'Oomph' Factor: 7/10
Unadulterated durian pleasure is the promise offered by Peony Jade's Top Grade Pure Mao Shan Wang Durian Mooncake.
The bittersweet Cat Mountain King durian pulp from Pahang, enrobed in a duvetof chewy yet soft green organic pandan snowskin is a delight for any durian aficionado.
Durian 'Oomph' Factor: 7.5/10