Trying to find cheaper durians

The last time I talked about paying $120 for four durians at the Four Seasons Durians Cafe with my friends, the Goonfather called us carrot heads (which is a Chinese slang for people who easily get conned out of their money).

“The durians there are the best I’ve eaten, seriously,” I argued.

Then I challenged him to find me a place (in Singapore) with the same standard of durians but cheaper.

By the way, I said I won’t talk about food until Jesta is back in Singapore, but durians are fruits and he doesn’t like durians, anyway. Haha.

So, anyway, the Goonfather found a popular durian eatery beside Highland Centre which offers Cat Mountain King durians at $15 per kg (compared to Four Season’s $20 per kg).

The eating area is in a carpark!

When we arrived, we discovered that the price had gone up to $18 per kg for Cat Mountain King because of demand.

What’s more, we were too late that night and they had already sold out of CMK, so we had to settle for D24. (We went there around midnight.)

The D24 was $10 a kg, $5 cheaper than at Four Seasons.

Some of them look really good, too.

But I think they must have been lower grade D24s because they were generally smaller and not as tasty. Less creamy, less fragrant and less solid than the Four Seasons ones.

The Goonfather claimed that I was just imagining that to avoid being a carrot head, but then Unker Kell agreed with me that the cheaper durians were, in fact, lacking.

I felt a little queasy after a while.

(My palate for durians kinda grew atas a few years back. I would feel physically sick after eating low grade durians.)

((Atas means high class in a snobbish way.))

(((I can’t help that! It just developed mysteriously!!)))

So I will still go back to Four Seasons despite the cost!! Not that it cost a lot more, anyway!

But I don’t mind trying out more places. Heheh.

Gotta eat more durians before the season ends with the month!

My ugly dumplings and amazing durians

We made dumplings on National Day.

Or, rather, Cindy made the filling and allowed us to mess up her place wrapping the dumplings. We made a whole lot of assorted ones.

I’ve never wrapped dumplings in my life. And I’m a disaster in the kitchen. But I gamely tried to copy what the rest did, and came up with this:

I call them The Ugly Dumplings.

I made three of these and just couldn’t get the hang of it, so decided to stick to the easier ones.

But you know what? They don’t look too bad after being cooked.

We had a feast! Cindy cooked a giant pot of Buddha Jump Over The Wall which is arguably the best I ever had. I drank five bowls of it!!

I don’t have a photo of it because soup is boring to photograph. But I have a photo of black bean pork ribs:

And curry fishballs:

Cindy is an amazing cook!

And I’m a glutton.

Barely two hours after a super dinner, I made everyone go for durians.

It’s all Wang Wang’s fault. When we were watching fireworks from Cindy’s balcony, she got all excited because, she told us, “I can see the durian!”

She was, of course, referring to the Esplanade, but she made me think of durians and that gave me a huge craving and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

So, even before our dinner was properly digested, a few of us drove off to the Four Seasons Durians Cafe.

The durians are freaking expensive but they are freaking awesome!

We bought two XO D24 durians and two Cat Mountain King durians for $120 and that’s after a discount.

Three of us shared most of it because Morte was having a sore throat and couldn’t eat too much.

After eating Cat Mountain King durians, you don’t want to eat any other durians, ever!!

Actually, I don’t know if it’s called Cat Mountain King. That’s a direct translation from Chinese.

Don’t care lah. It’s damn nice and I died and went to heaven eating them.

Pure ecstasy!

Here’s a nicely shaped durian which looks tough, but is so soft and creamy inside once you sink your teeth in it.

Wang Wang and Unker Kell got so drunk with the joy of durian feasting that they started doing strange things with their durians.

I was so full after all that durian!!! The CMK ones are especially potent because they’re very thick and creamy.

And the nice durian uncle gave us a complimentary packet to bring home! Wow!

I could eat durians every day!!!

Nah, I probably couldn’t.

I’d go broke.