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6 best durian desserts to indulge in Hong Kong this summer

The best of the king of fruits
Written by
Olivia Lai
Cara Hung

It’s officially durian season! If you’re a true durian connoisseur, you’re likely already on the hunt for your favourite type of durian – D24, musang king, Monthong. But don’t stop there. Cool down this summer with some incredibly flavourful durian desserts. You can start with staple places like Durian Land and Durian King, or visit traditional Hong Kong dessert spots where they roll out seasonal durian specials. From durian shaved ice to durian pizza, there’s a whole world of durian to discover and taste this summer. 

RECOMMENDED: Can’t get enough? Sample Hong Kong’s best shaved ice while you’re at it. 

Hong Kong’s best durian desserts

Dessert Palace
  • Restaurants
  • Sha Tin

Tai Wai is awash with food options with no shortage of Taiwanese bubble tea shops and dessert stores. But if you’re on the hunt for durian-flavoured sweet treats, make Dessert Palace your first port of call. Durian desserts are aplenty here, ranging from durian coconut sweet soup and durian Napolean to durian pastry rolls and more. Durian dessert might feel a bit heavy during summer. But why not opt for the durian shaved ice? The aroma will hit you before the dish arrives at the table. It comes served with chunky durian bits, cornflakes and konjac. $58

Durian King
  • Restaurants
  • Yau Ma Tei

Situated on an unassuming corner in Yau Ma Tei, Durian King is a modest shop furnished with only a few tables and stools. But don’t let the facade fool you: the durian pizza they serve here is to die for. Made to order, it comes out of the oven in only about 10 minutes. The thin-crust pizza is slathered with cheese and durian paste and gives you that satisfying cheese-pull as you rip into a slice. The durian flavour explodes as you bite into it, and the cheese adds great texture. $88 

Durian Land
  • Restaurants
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Just by the look of the décor – yellow-painted facade and chairs as well as seat cushions with durian patterns – you know this restaurant is all about durian. Aside from its hugely popular durian cheese tarts, the durian mochi is worth a try. Wrapped inside a thin mochi skin are frozen durian, cream and cake. It is basically an elevated kind of durian ice cream. $48

Lou Su Dessert 《老樹》
  • Restaurants
  • Jordan

This two-storey dessert spot welcomes diners with a forest-themed mural where you can even hear trees rustling in the background. Lou Su specialises in Musang King durian offerings like durian soft serve, mini durian Swiss rolls and Musang King cheese tarts. The coconut durian mousse, in particular, is an Instagram winner – the dessert is designed to look like a fresh cut durian. With spongy cake paired with durian paste and coconut mousse, this sweet treat does not disappoint. $58

Mail Mail Da《么么Da》
  • Restaurants
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

When it comes to Hong Kong desserts, it would be remiss not to include eggettes. For a taste of durian eggettes, all you need to do is head to Tsim Sha Tsui’s Mail Mail Da (么么 Da). This tiny shop offers a variety of durian desserts including durian waffles and durian slushies, but its durian eggettes truly stand out. The durian and egg aromas are a match made in heaven, though the one let down is that the texture is a little too soft. $48

Mount Fruity
  • Restaurants
  • Mong Kok

Once you’ve climbed up Mount Fruity – figuratively, of course – you’ll be rewarded with its famous durian speciality drinks and snacks. The durian churros are made to order, and each serving comes with three sticks with durian paste on the side. Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, the churros are best when dipped into liberal amounts of durian paste. It’s hard to stop once you’ve started. $32

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