Durian season 2010 starts in August

I have been so looking forward to durian season this year.

Sometime over the last few years, I started getting finicky over durian quality. Eating mediocre or cheap durians would make me feel sick. (I get a disgusting sour aftertaste in my mouth and my stomach would churn.) That’s why I have to wait for durian season to get the best ones.

The Goonfather and I made a trip to the durian stall last night. July is supposed to be the peak durian season, no?

Apparently not this year, we found out to our disappointment. The stall owner said it will start late this year, in August.

The durians now are still substandard, he said. But since we were already there, we sat down to eat, anyway.

Eating a durian

We ate three mao shan wang (cat mountain king) durians between us. They tasted good but were generally too watery. The owner said it’s because of the crazy rainfall in the past two months.

By the way, if you’re going for durians with your friends, bear this in mind:

(Club Morte peeps, please don’t read the following two paragraphs. =P)

The seeds nearer the stem will be creamier and taste better, so aim for those!

The durian stall owner said so, explaining that the seeds further from the stem are more watery because of the rain. I didn’t quite understand the logic. But I put it to the test and found that you can actually taste the difference between the stem-side seed and the bottom seed quite clearly.

Eating a durian

So we did get to eat a few pretty decent seeds but it was less than great on the whole. Cost us $77 for the three (two big, one small); I think we got a a 10% discount.

Oh, well. August isn’t too far off. I’ve waited a year. I can wait three more weeks!

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!