KING OF FRUITS AND KING OF SOUPS

Durian season is approaching its end. Though avid fans of durians, DS and I had decided to (drastically) cut down our durian intake this year, mainly for the reason that we do not want our recent weight-loss effort to be in vain. Many would know that durians contain high levels of sugar and is a good source of carbohydrate and fats.

Nevertheless, after reading a recent article in the 8-Day magazine, we could not resist heading down to Balestier Road to check out this durian stall that was featured. In fact, if not for this article, we wouldn’t even know that there are durian stalls along Balestier Road! We are so used to buying durians from this fruits shop nearby our home.

Balestier Road is located not that far from where we live now but it is a place that we hardly go. The last time we went there was in 2002, when we were hunting for a set of dining room lamps for our new home. It was this long ago!

Our taxi driver dropped us right in front of the durian stall that we wanted to go but we decided to have a stroll down Balestier Road to check out the place before our durian feast. And guess what, we had a pleasant surprise! We came across this Bak Kut Teh restaurant with a long queue outside the restaurant. It was about 9pm, on Friday night. Driven by curiosity, we decided to join the queue though it is not usual for us to want to queue for food, and I also don’t fancy eating pork.

bak kut teh

When we were finally assigned a table, we realised that we have actually stepped into a popular Bak Kut Teh restaurant that is not only known locally but also amongst celebrities from overseas.

Founder Bak Kut Teh

Not forgetting that we had to still reserve our stomach for durians, we ordered only Bak Kut Teh with a small bowl of rice. Our 25 minutes of waiting (from queuing to serving of food) proved worthwhile. This was the best Bak Kut Teh we have ever tasted, though I found the pork a little tough.

I think the price of S$6 per bowl of Bak Kut Teh, served with You Tiao and free-flow of soup, is reasonable.Bak Kut Teh2

Having satisfied our curiosity, we began our durian feast for the night.

Durians1

Durians2

This durian stall had been featured on quite a number of newspapers, magazines etc. The stall owner (above) told me he has 50 years of experience selling durians.

durians3

We had a mix of D24 (my favourite!) and Mao Shan Wang 毛山王(Hairy Mountain King)

durians4

The standard of the durians indeed did not disappoint us, and the service was also good. However, we don’t think it was worth the effort going all the way to Balestier if it is just for the durians. We will still be happy to stick to our nearby fruit shop where equally good, if not better, durians can be bought.

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