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Ah Seng Durian Sold Out? Here Are 11 Durian Shops for Mao Shan Wang under $13/kg

MoneySmart logo MoneySmart 12/7/2018 Eugenia Liew
a close up of a fruit tree: durian © Provided by Catapult Ventures Pte Ltd durian Durian season is in full swing, which means you see cheap durians everywhere. These days, Mao Shan Wang durians go for less than half the usual price - the market rate is now $15 to $18/kg at well known sellers like Ah Seng Durian, Combat Durian and The Durian Tree. But you know what? There are even cheaper places to buy durians. Using MSW prices as an indicator, we've sniffed out 11 durian shops in Singapore with rock-bottom durian prices. Read to the end for a bonus durian buffet and some durian buying tips!  

Cheapest durian shops in Singapore (prices as of 11 July 2018)

Durian store in Singapore Price for Mao Shan Wang durian
Ah Sam Durian (Serangoon) $10/kg
King Fruits Durian (Bishan) $10/kg
TOP Durian Station (Bukit Batok) $10/kg (walk-in only)
Durian Prince (Aljunied) $11/kg
Melvin’s Durian (Macpherson) $11/kg
Spike Empire Durian (Hougang) $11/kg (orders above 10kg)
Sin Durian (Aljunied) $12/kg
Luv Durian (Ubi) $12/kg (Johor MSW) or $15/kg (Pahang MSW)
Durian Studio (Bedok) $13/kg
717 Durian (Serangoon) $13/kg
Durian Empire (Punggol) $13/kg (or $15 for two MSW)
We used Mao Shan Wang prices as an indicator because  MSW is one of the "branded" durian cultivars that are sold by the kg. Durian stalls inevitably sell other cultivars too, often at much cheaper prices, and these are sometimes sold at a certain price per piece.  

Ah Sam Durian ($10/kg)

Ah Sam Durian’s stocks arrive around 3pm and 5.30pm to 6.30pm,  so you better dash over to their shop at Serangoon Central the moment you end work - at $10 per kg of the glorious, bittersweet Mao Shan Wang, you can bet it’ll sell out in no time. Other popular cultivars like Golden Phoenix (Jin Feng) ($13/kg), Black Pearl ($8/kg) and D13 (3 for $10) are also available. Address: 263 Serangoon Central Drive #01-59 Singapore 550263  

King Fruits Durian Singapore ($10/kg)

King Fruits Durian's Mao Shan Wang is $10/kg as well, but what's interesting is that their $10/kg Mao Shan Wang is actually the more premium Pahang Mao Shan Wang that is typically more expensive. King Fruits also sells baby Mao Shan Wang durians (around 1.1kg to 1.4kg each) at $10 per durian. Address: Blk 150A Bishan St 11, Singapore 570150  

TOP Durian Station ($10/kg)

TOP Durian Station is having a flash deal for their Pahang Mao Shan Wang durians as well, selling them off for $10/kg exclusively for walk-in customers of their Bukit Batok store (while stocks last). It may be worth a shot if you live in the area, but if not, it may be sold out by the time you get there and you'll be forced (by the durian aroma, of course) to settle for other durian species. Address: Blk 156 Bukit Batok Street 11, #01-06C, Singapore 650156 (Beside the coffeeshop, in front of Snip Avenue Hair Salon)  

The Durian Prince ($11/kg)

$10/kg is the absolute cheapest price to get Mao Shan Wang durians (if you have cheaper lobang, please share!), so if you can't get your hands on those, $11/kg is still cheaper than most. Selling Johor Mao Shan Wang durians at $11/kg is The Durian Prince, a relatively new player in this thorny business (it was launched in August 2017).  The catch is that this price is only for walk-in customers - so no reservations, no deliveries. Address: Blk 117 Aljunied Ave 2 #01-142, Singapore 380117  

Melvin’s Durian - co-founder of Ministry of Durian ($11/kg)

Melvin's Durian is founded by a guy named Melvin (no surprise there), who was a co-founder of Ministry of Durian, a now defunct durian shop. Together with new partners, the other co-founders set up The Durian Story in its place. Melvin created his own brand instead, and judging by the good reviews on his page, it seems to be working out. Their prices are competitive at $11/kg for Mao Shan Wang durians too. Address: 1 Upper Aljunied Lane, Singapore 360001 (outside Prime supermarket)  

Spike Empire Durian ($11/kg for orders >10kg)

For orders above 10kg, Spike Empire Durian's Mao Shan Wang go for $11/kg, but they seem to differentiate between small and large durians. That price is strictly for small to medium Mao Shan Wang durians. The large ones are considered premium and go for $14/kg. For regular orders, it's $13/kg and $16/kg respectively. Address: Blk 108 Hougang Ave 1 #01-1281, Singapore 530108  

Sin Durian ($12/kg)

Also located at Aljunied is Sin Durian, which sells Mao Shan Wang for $12/kg. Although not the lowest, their prices are reasonable and they offer a wide variety of durian types here. If you're the type who hates the dirty work of opening durians, you can get the 1kg tub of Pahang Mao Shan Wang flesh. It's $55 for 1, and $100 + free delivery for 2. Sin Durian also sells Black Pearl durians ($10/kg), Pahang Black Gold durians ($15/kg), Golden Phoenix ($13/kg) and more. Address: Blk 113 Aljunied Ave 2 #01-15, Singapore 380113 (beside McDonald's)  

Luv Durian a.k.a Ubi Durian King (from $12/kg)

At Luv Durian, the regular Mao Shan Wang from Johor is $12/kg. The premium one from Pahang is $15/kg. On some days, the Johor batch can be as cheap as $10/kg too, but it so happens that when we checked it on 10 July it was $12/kg. If you live or work near Ubi, I recommend you stalk their official pages for the most updated prices. Address: 306 Ubi Avenue 1 #01-199, Singapore 400306  

Durian Studio Sg ($13/kg)

The next 3 durian stores sell their Mao Shan Wang durians at $13/kg, which is just about our threshold for the current season. If you want the Pahang variety, it's available at Durian Studio Sg for $15/kg too. The Pahang varieties arrive slightly past 7pm daily, so assuming you knock off at 6pm, Durian Studio Sg is your best bet. There's the Pahang Black Gold durian too, but that's more expensive ($17/kg). Address: Block 84, Bedok North Street 4, #01-47, Singapore 460084  

Durian Mpire a.k.a 717 Durian ($13/kg)

Durian Mpire by 717 Trading is super well known for their durian confectionary chains across Singapore. But did you know that you can buy more than durian puffs from them? Head to their store at Yio Chu Kang road for fresh durians! The Mao Shan Wang durians are going for $13/kg, which is pretty cheap for such a big name. Many customers choose 717 because they trust the quality of the fruit there. Most of the durian cultivar are reasonably priced, but the Pahang Black Gold is $22/kg, which I find exceptionally steep. Address: 22 Yio Chu Kang Road, Highland Centre #01-01, Singapore 545535  

Durian Empire Punggol ($13/kg)

For those who live in ulu Punggol, you too can enjoy cheap durians! Durian Empire's Mao Shan Wang are $13/kg for regular ones, but they're currently having a promotion that's $15 for 2 Mao Shan Wang durians. That's super worth it if you're getting full-sized durians, but I'm guessing that these are the Baby Mao Shan Wang durians (about 1.1kg to 1.4kg). For that, no reservation is allowed. Premium Mao Shan Wang durians go for $16/kg. Address: 168 Punggol Field, Punggol Plaza B1 Atrium, Singapore 820168  

Bonus! Mao Shan Wang durian buffet at $38/pax

Durian69 sells premium Mao Shan Wang and Pahang Mao Shan Wang durians at $14/kg and $15/kg respectively, but the real game changer is the durian buffet. For just $38, you can eat all the Mao Shan Wang you want. However, you only have 1 hour to feast, and slots are limited to 50 pax per day. Note: As of 9 July, the durian buffet has temporarily ceased due to "manpower constraints". Please check Durian69's Facebook page for the latest updates. Address: 227 Jalan Kayu Singapore 799451  

More tips for buying durians in Singapore

After checking the prices of over 30 durian stores in Singapore, I realised that almost every store has a Facebook apology about how they’re too busy (rolling in cash) to answer queries and that their durians are sold out. Which is why I’ve decided that I now aspire to be a durian business towkay neo. That aside, the best way to get your hands on the thorny fruit is to order in advance. You must call, WhatsApp or Facebook message them to reserve your durians, otherwise you’re probably going to be disappointed when you show up at the store. Next, dishonest sellers don't only exist on Carousell - durian sellers can be bad too. They may try to pass other durian species off as Mao Shan Wang, or they may give you unripe or rotten fruit. I cannot advise you on that, but in terms of price, the above-mentioned are the most competitive. If you're worried about getting scammed, I suggest you read online reviews, or ask for the entire fruit to be opened at the shop. At least then if it's unripe or rotten, you will know right away. Got more tips or better lobang for even cheaper Mao Shan Wang durians? Share them with us in the comments below.   

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