Whenever I take a bus to town, I can’t help but keep my eyes peeled on the big banner that is hanging outside Goodwood Park Hotel, just to make sure that the Durian Fiesta is still ongoing :P
The Durian Fiesta is held annually and this year, among the 10 different pastries and cakes available, two new creations are being featured. A certain level of quality is ensured as pure D24 durian pulp is used.
I’m lucky to have the company of JY, who is also a fellow foodie and enjoys food photography as much as I do :D It’s a bonus that she likes durians too! Yeah I think you either love them or hate them. So far, I have not met anyone who’s just neutral towards durians. How about yourself? :)
I would recommend alfresco dining at the Deli as the tables are higher and the lighting is good. The view is much better too! If you are lucky, you get to see cute little kids frolicking by the poolside. Or perhaps a pool hunk roasting into a nice shade of golden brown :P
We selected a few pastries to be shared between the both of us. That’s the good thing about having a dining companion! You get to sample a bit of (almost) everything :D Said to be legendary, the Durian Mousse Cake ($8.50) is voted Singapore’s “50 Yummiest Cakes” in 2008 by The Sunday Times. Haha that was two years ago. The durian mousse is smooth and creamy while the cake is airy and light on its own. However, JY and I think that it’s a bit overrated.
I love Oreo cookies and can’t resist the Durian Oreo Cake ($8.80) which happens to be back by popular demand. It’s quite similar to the mousse cake with the exception of the added “Oreo” crumbs on top. We both agree that the crushed “Oreo” bits could have been ‘homemade’ because they certainly taste different from the original one! They are softer and the texture is somewhat powdery. Given a choice, I still prefer this to the plain mousse cake!
The Durianmisu ($8.80, Mini Durianmisu $4.80) is one of the new creations. Apart from pure D24 durian pulp, lady’s fingers, espresso and mascarpone are singled out to concoct this unique version of tiramisu which does not contain alcohol (much to my dismay). Without the alcohol, I felt that something was amiss. Other than that, the durianmisu was creamy and milky. I love the presentation of sprinkled cocoa powder on top.
Don’t be fooled by this piece of Durian Wafer ($6.80) which kinda looks like durian icecream being sandwiched between two pieces of wafer. This is pretty mediocre. Wafer isn’t very crispy, a little lao (4) hong (1). Haha.
The winner this year, most voted “Heavenly King” by omy, Rednano, and Lianhe Wanbao, the Durian Puff ($2.20 a pc) certainly lived up to its title. It’s much creamier and thicker, compared to the mousse. Presentation wise, they are different from what is being displayed.
There is a 15% discount for Citibank and UOB card holders that is only applicable for takeaway pastries. Out of the few that I chose for takeaway, the Durian Strudel ($8.80) is another item on the menu that is back by popular demand. My dad, brother and I reckon that this is really good and prefer this to the durianmisu and durian puff. I guess we like all things sweet :)
The Durian Fiesta ends on 25th July 2010. Let’s see what they have to offer next year!
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