I love durians. I know how sinful they can be, with all that divine bitter-sweetness, creamy and luscious flesh, and an aroma that has divided the Singaporean community into two camps. But I always have a problem finding good durians to savour in the comfort of home. If it’s not due to the age-old dilemma of finding a transport option that is durian friendly, or the challenges of the (sometimes) dishonest sales tactic of the neighbourhood durian seller, I am often left with a, more often than not, lacklustre selection of the King of Fruits.
Step in www.duriandelivery.com.sg . Although the name suggests that it is simply a delivery service from a durian store somewhere in Singapore, that is not the case for Durian Delivery. Instead, Durian Delivery focusses on an e-commerce model, where durians are ordered and sent straight from the farm to your table the very next day. For customers who wish to have durians delivered on the same day, that option is also available – either at a a) flexible time throughout the day or b) a 2-hour delivery turnaround (think something like Durians on Amazon Prime!). Of course, the delivery fees vary with each tier. But for the impatient (i.e. me), sometimes that is the best option.
Variety and Price
Further, Durian Delivery prides themselves on fair, transparent prices listed on the website. You will be informed of the general price/kg of the durian sold, and each box is priced very, very competitively. Durians are sold in dehusked vacuum sealed portions of 400g and 800g (i.e. 2x 400g boxes) – where 800g of dehusked durian is generally the yield of a 3.5kg durian fruit. I weighed each box that arrived, and each averaged 400g. So what this means is that you are guaranteed the amount of durians you pay for! I have many a bad experience buying a $30-40 durian, only to find the yield within disappointing. (side note: I recalled paying $15 for a Red Prawn durian to only find 3 seeds within).
Old Tree MSW Durian
Durian Delivery currently carries 3 varieties:
- Hand-Picked Old Tree Mao Shan Wang Durian (TSW, Pahang AAA+) [$15.6/kg of the whole durian fruit]
- Mao Shan Wang (MSW) [$12.5/kg of the whole durian fruit]
- Red Prawn [$8.8/kg of the whole durian fruit]
Due to the bumper season this July 2018, prices have fallen across board. And the prices stated here are accurate as 22 July 2018.
Regular Mao Shan Wang
And what about the quality? I received both the Old Tree MSW and the regular MSW. And both were superb!! I was supremely impressed with the freshness and quality of each seed savoured. The MSW carried its own weight with buttery textures and a rich mouth of creamy sweetness. But it is the Old Tree MSW that impressed me even further for its depth and complexity in flavour. The bitter sweet tones simply shouted “majestic”! This will definitely not be my last time time ordering from Durian Delivery! And judging by the reviews found on their website, I am not alone in my assessment that Durian Delivery has certainly found its niche in the market. Durian Delivery also promises a 100% money back guarantee for unripe/sour/watery durians received, with either a full refund or durian replacement. This is durian service modernised. I have to say, for all the regular durian stores out there, get ready to be disrupted!
I have few other comments. I will order again from Durian Delivery!
Thank you Durian Delivery for the durians.