Durian buffets catch on in Singapore amid abundant supply

By Hoang Phong   June 19, 2023 | 11:24 pm PT
Durian buffets catch on in Singapore amid abundant supply
Durians are loved by many people in Southeast Asia. Photo by Reuters
Restaurants and supermarkets in Singapore have been offering its first-ever durian buffets amid bountiful supply from Malaysian farms.

Supermarket chain Giant held its first durian buffet at the carpark of its Tampines outlet earlier in June, which attracted a large number of durian lovers, Strait Times reported.

A Giant spokesman said the chain plans to offer the one-hour buffet again.

Other durian stores such as Zeng Zu Fu and Lexus Durian King are also offering free-flow durian feasts.

The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Fruit Farmers' Association said that Malaysia now exports more than 100,000 kg of fresh durians to Singapore on a daily basis.

Thanks to abundant supply, the prices of durians have fallen by 20-30% compared to last year.

Primarily grown in tropical countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, the durian is distinctive for its large size, strong odor and thorn-covered rind.

Many countries across Asia have banned durian from public transport, hotels, and other enclosed spaces, which testifies to the fruit's stench.

However, its aroma belies a rich, creamy flavor, and the fruit has become a popular staple used to prepare specialties such as cakes, ice cream, shaved ice, fritters, and sweet Thai-style soup.

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