38 years after it launched its signature food event, Goodwood Park Hotel keeps durian creativity fresh.
by Zara Zhuang
Durian isn’t an ingredient that plays well with others — it commands a lot of attention. So when it comes to durian desserts, it’s a tricky balance of staying comfortably between pairing the pungent pulp with flavors that end up fading into the background entirely or with those that compete for the spotlight but the jostling results in riotous perplexity. Thankfully, Goodwood Park Hotel has had plenty of experience managing that delicate equilibrium — 38 years’ worth, in fact.
Now in its 38th year, the hotel’s Durian Fiesta is back to show how it’s done. The programme runs until 1 August and features monthly specials — D24 Durian Combo from now until 31 March, selected favourites from past editions available from April through July, and Mao Shan Wang mousse cake and puffs available from 1 May to 1 August.
The first chapter of this year’s Durian Fiesta is focused on the D24 variety and features six new creations spearheaded by Executive Chef David Toh. Depending on the type of diner you are, here’s what you need to know.
For mash-up mavericks
For afternoon tea aficionados
Available for takeaway or self-collection at The Deli or for dining in at Coffee Lounge, L’Espresso or Minjiang; Durian Fiesta 2021 is on until 1 August.