Also new on the menu: The durian rainbow ice-cream cake ($11.75 per slice) from Goodwood Park Hotel. All images: Goodwood Park Hotel
Food always does taste better, when it’s shared — that’s what we felt when we got this box of sweets, that we got a whole group of colleagues to try bites of these together. This box features the latest durian-flavoured treats from Goodwood Park Hotel, one of the most popular go-tos for such fruity sweets.
Here, we got our co-workers to share what they loved most (since taste is so subjective when it comes to food!), to help you decide on the durian desserts to order as soon as you can when they go on sale from March 16.
1. Durian cappuccino cake
$11.75 per slice, $62.05 for whole 1kg cake
Think a durian-flavoured tiramisu, in which durian paste replaces the usual vanilla cream. This seasonal treat was first introduced in 2011 and brought back again for the dessert menu this year.
“I like how this cake is not as pungent as expected,” says Min Yan, the Her World associate lifestyle editor. “It’s got that strong jolt of espresso that balances the creamy richness of the durian filling pretty well. I can easily finish at least a slice of this cake and I’ll be up for seconds too.”
2. Durian puff
$8.55 for 2 pieces
It’s the signature durian dessert at this hotel, with each puff pastry containing swirls of creamy D24 durian.
“I love how this cream puff is rich yet cloyingly sweet and the light,” says Jee Yan, our online fashion writer. “The puff pastry nicely sandwiches the durian cream paste.”
3. Durian carrot walnut cake
$11.75 per slice, $72.75 for whole cake
The classic carrot cake gets reinvented with layers of durian cream instead of the usual cream cheese.
“I can feel the texture of the durian pulp; the filling is the most fibrous and fleshy for this cake, compared to the others,” says Michelle, the Her World Brides stylist. “I love the extra crunch of walnut in this cake too!”
4. Durian mousse cake
$11.75 per slice, $68.50 for a 1.3kg cake
This cake remains a Goodwood Park Hotel classic since its inception back in 1983 and for good reason too, from the feedback we’ve heard.
“This is the one to pick for serious durian lovers,” says Amanda, beauty writer from Her World magazine. “While this sponge cake is not as airy as the typical Japanese sponge cake, I think it’s necessary to be so; if the sponge were any lighter, it won’t be able to support the dense durian cream! Which I absolutely love for its smooth, pulpy richness.”
5. Mini durian chocolate wafer rolls
$32.10 for 10 pieces
This new durian treat features chocolate-coated wafer rolls filled with pulpy durian cream. “The chocolate went well with durian and you can taste its pulpy goodness,” says Carina, beauty writer from Her World magazine. “It’s not very rich and the filling is super smooth. I also like the crunch that chopped nut topping gives this treat.”
6. Durian macarons
$22.45 for 6 pieces
The French pastry gets a localised touch with pulpy durian paste in between the dark chocolate macaron shells.
“I’m not really a fan of this,” says Xin Hui, features writer from Her World magazine. “The macaron crust is a little too chewy. You can’t really taste the durian flavour either because it’s overpowered by the sweetness of its chocolate macaron crust.”
These durian flavoured desserts are available for takeaways from March 16 to August 2, 2015 at Goodwood Park Hotel’s Deli from 9am to 9pm daily. Go to festivepromotions.goodparkhotel.com for more information.