It’s durian season again! For newbies, wandering into a stall to buy the king of fruit can be a daunting task. Which variety to pick? Is that really a Mao Shan Wang durian? What to look out for when the seller opens the durian for inspection?
Almost all connoisseurs we ask say it is important to go to a reputable seller, and to keep going back if the durians are good. Housewife Shelia Lim, a self-confessed durian enthusiast, says: “Customer loyalty counts for a lot. The seller will keep the good durians for you, so you know you’re paying for quality fruit.” She usually goes to Combat Durian in Balestier Road.
Businessman David Lim says: “I have been going to the same shop in Balestier Road for 15 years and have never once been disappointed.”
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