When it comes to the King of Fruits, there is no sitting on the fence—you either love it or hate it. And fortunately for those who belong to the former group, durian desserts are aplenty in Singapore; durian puffs, durian crepes, durian cakes and even durian lapis—you name it, we have it.
If you are a true durian fan, you would enjoy the fruit in any form it takes. The durian pengat, however, is another league of its own entirely. Smooth, creamy and luxurious, this delightful (or sinful) treat tends to be full-flavoured and comes in a mousse-like texture. Since it is not as commonly found like the rest of the durian desserts, we never shy away from second or third helpings whenever it is available.
Here are 5 Best Durian Pengat In Singapore And Where To Find Them.
#1 STRAITS CAFE
Offering the best of halal Straits-inspired food under one roof, Straits Cafe has one of the best spreads for regional fare—think kueh pie tee, chic kut teh and more. However, durian fans have to make a beeline for their durian dessert counter which features durian crepe, durian cakes and their signature durian pengat.
You can expect only the real deal when it comes to their durian pengat as it comes with real durian flesh and we absolutely love the silky texture.
9 Bras Basah Road
Tel: +65 6708 7745
Daily: 6.30pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Bencoolen
Best known for their themed buffet nights, J65 never fails to impress when it comes to seafood-centric buffets that come with affordable price tags. The dessert section is something we always look forward to as it is nothing short of mind-blowing.
You can find everything from western cakes to freshly baked Nonya Kuehs, tarts and mousses and an assortment of traditional Potong ice cream flavours…but of course, it is their excellent durian pengat that has us going for extra helpings.
1A Cuscaden Road
Level 1 Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore
Tel: +65 6831 4374
Daily: 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard
Sinpopo Brand along the cafe-laden Joo Chiat Road is a nostalgic retro cafe that offers local food that comes with an interesting twist. Opened by Awfully Chocolate, Sinpopo Brand’s Durian Pengat (S$9) is served all year round and you need not wait till it is the durian season to enjoy this dessert!
The rich durian mousse is topped off with a refreshing scoop of coconut ice cream and some crisp browned butter croutons.
458 Joo Chiat Rd
Tel: +65 6345 5034
Tue to Thu, Sun: 12pm – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 12pm – 12am
(Closed on Mondays)
Nearest Station: Dakota
We’re suckers for anything containing durian but what we particularly love about Spice Brasserie’s Durian Pengat—available as part of its local food buffet—is the fact that despite it having a strong aroma of the fruit itself, the flavour was nice and mellow.
Sweet, the way it should be, the velvety smooth dessert boasts a buttery flavour, a reflection of the high-quality durians that they use. Served with warm sticky rice, a lightly salted coconut cream and fried tau suan, the otherwise mousse-like dessert is taken to a whole new level and after much trial and error, the chefs really nailed it.
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181 Kitchener Road
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Tel: +65 6428 3160
Reservations: [email protected]
Daily: 6am – 10.30am, 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Farrer Park
#5 ELLENBOROUGH MARKET CAFÉ
Offering a fantastic view of the Singapore River, Ellenborough Market Café features Straits Chinese and Peranakan cuisine alongside International favourites.
The selective dessert spread has a few tantalising choices such as Homemade Marble Cheesecake, Swiss Apple Strudel and the ever popular Signature Durian which is essentially durian mousse infused with gula melaka and pandan flavours.
20 Merchant Road
Tel: +65 6337 2288
Daily: 6.30am – 10.30am, 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay
Four Points Eatery located in Four Points by Sheraton Singapore offers a wide variety of fresh and cooked seafood choices on their dinner buffet that the entire family will enjoy. When you are done indulging in freshly shucked oysters and juicy ‘live’ prawns, head over to the dessert section.
Their creamy durian pengat is served in an ice bucket and diners get to scoop up however much they desire—all the better for gluttons like us!
382 Havelock Road
Tel: +65 6349 4872
Daily: 6am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Chinatown