Durian pizza and durian coffee?
Opened by the folks behind Four Seasons Durian (not to be confused with Four Seasons Hotel), Mao Shan Wang Cafe located at Temple Street offers durian savoury food and desserts.
Probably the first of its kind in Singapore.
While durians are known as the King of Fruits in South East Asia, Mao Shan Wang (猫山王) aka Cat Mountain King is the King of durians. That is, the king of the king.
It is known for its buttery texture and strong, aromatic fragrance. ‘Fragrance’ or not is purely subjective, as some can be turned out by the ‘pungent’ smell upon entering the premise.
ALL the products here are made from Mao Shan Wang, and not other forms of durian.
The bestseller is the assortment of durian desserts such as Mao Shan Wang Ice Cream (Small $6.80), Mao Shan Wang Ice Cream Delight ($15.80) – the upsized version, 6pcs Mao Shan Wang Ice Cream Puff ($15.80) and Durian Mochi (D24 $6/ Mao Shan Wang $9.80).
For those who are more adventurous, durian are made into savoury items and drinks such as Durian Charcoal Pizza ($18.80), French Fries with Durian Sauce ($3.80), 8 pcs Chicken Nuggets with Durian Sauce ($6) and Mao Shan Wang Durian Coffee ($5).
My favourite was the Mao Shan Wang Ice Cream (Small $6.80), which comes with a beautiful swirl of rich, smooth and creamy Mao Shan Wang softserve.
The upsized version Mao Shan Wang Ice Cream Delight ($15.80) comes in bigger cup with a hollow core in the middle of the softserve.
This is added with dry ice. All for the gimmicky effect, not so economical.
The Mao Shan Wang Ice Cream tasted just ALMOST like the actual durian in the form of a cold softserve, suitable for Singapore’s hot and humid weather.
Beneath the soft serve was a layer of chocolate brownie, which added some bite and a different flavour to the entire combination.
While the entire combination is a delight, the marshmallow bits sprinkled on top was quite redundant and could be done away with.
The Durian Napoleon ($8.80) is a mille-feuille with crispy puff pastry, whipped cream and durian puree.
An enjoyable treat sans the cheap-tasting whipped cream, and I wished that there was more durian puree instead.
I decided to be adventurous to try out the Mao Shan Wang Durian Coffee ($5) which was literally durian essence added into coffee.
Tasted just like the Durian Candy available in supermarkets, I personally won’t give it another try.
For those not interested in getting the durian dessert, pre-packed durians are also available on sale.
Or for safer options, stick to their signature D24 durian puffs.
Mao Shan Wang Cafe By Four Seasons Durian
49 Temple Street, Singapore 058594 (Chinatown MRT)
Opening Hours: 1.30pm – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 10pm, Closed Sun
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.