Durian-themed dessert cafe by Four Seasons Durian, a local confectionery most well-known for their Durian Pancakes, Durian Mochi and durian soft serve ice cream. At Mao Shan Wang Cafe which spots a cozy industrial look, the classic range of durian flavoured confectioneries that we’re familiar with receives an update through a series of plated dessert. Consider the Napoleon ($8.80), a plated mille-feuille which replaces the pastry cream between the three layers of puff pastry with rich durian paste and whipped cream, before topping with toasted almond flakes and a generous dusting of icing sugar, or the signature Mao Shan Wang Durian Mochi ($8.80) that consists of four chilled, chewy pieces of durian-filled mochi balls dusted in icing sugar. The Durian Fudge Cake ($5.80), which is a slice of the D24 durian cake goes through a similar dress-up comprising of whipped cream, toasted almond flakes and meringue.
The cafe update carries over to the host of waffles that can be paired with Mao Shan Wang soft serve ice cream, including charcoal waffle and red velvet waffle (both $15.80), while other items on the menu include Mao Shan Wang Coffee ($5), Durian Strudel ($15.80), durian Charcoal Pizza ($18.80), as well as the eye-catching Mao Shan Wang Ice Cream Delight ($6.80), which sees a variety of toppings such as coconut shavings, mini marshmallows and love letter stick topped on durian soft serve, before serving on a glass bowl that’s placed over a chalice which overflows with dry ice smoke upon lifting. A variety of durian is available if you prefer to feast on the real fruit.
Don’t forget about the Mao Shan Wang Ice Cream Puff ($15.80 for 6) where, as of August 2017, you can get one for free in exchange for a Facebook review. Keep in mind that it’s on a while-stock-lasts basis, in which case, you will have to settle for other flavours, like hazelnut.