$22 a kg versus $5 Mao Shan Wang

Pesticide-free durians from 818 Durians & Pastries (top) and the $5 durians from Delight Fruit Trading (above).
Pesticide-free durians from 818 Durians & Pastries in Telok Kurau.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Pesticide-free durians from 818 Durians & Pastries (top) and the $5 durians from Delight Fruit Trading (above).
$5 durians from Delight Fruit Trading in Geylang.ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

One stall sells Mao Shan Wang durians grown without pesticides. The other sells the same variety at $5 each. How do they stack up? Food editor Tan Hsueh Yun and food critic Wong Ah Yoke rate them.

818 DURIANS & PASTRIES

Where: 201 Telok Kurau Road 01-02

Open: Monday, 4 to 11pm; Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 11pm during the durian season. Normal opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm; Sunday, 11am to 7pm; closed on Monday

Price: $22 a kg

Info: Call 6348-8436

Ms Tan: I like the texture of the flesh, it is firm yet creamy. Although I love very bitter durians, the balance of bitter and sweet here is wonderful and full of nuance.

Mr Wong: This is very good. Each piece has a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. The colour of the flesh is also very beautifully yellow.

DELIGHT FRUIT TRADING

Where: 85 Sims Avenue

Open: Daily 24 hours

Price: $5 for Mao Shan Wang that weigh less than 1kg

Info: 6677-1188

Ms Tan: Some pieces of fruit are completely sweet while others are bitter. It has a one-dimensional flavour with no nuance and is not rich like a Mao Shan Wang.

Mr Wong: It doesn't taste like Mao Shan Wang at all. The texture is more crisp than creamy. At $5, I would buy this to make durian pudding but not to eat it on its own.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 28, 2015, with the headline '$22 a kg versus $5 Mao Shan Wang'. Print Edition | Subscribe