Old Chang Kee Mao Shan Wang Puff Review: Beautiful Crust With Limited Fillings

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In case you’ve missed it, Old Chang Kee Singapore revealed to the world that they are now selling Mao Shan Wang durian puffs.

Authentic Mao Shan Wang encased in buttery dessert crust.

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Guaranteed to give you one last bang before the durian season truly passes by.

Or, at least, that was what Old Chang Kee promised.

Even my very picky colleague FoodLord99 grudgingly gave his two-cents worth of praises for them.

 

You saw that right, this isn’t some crazy creation like the Durian Curry Chicken’O where they mixed durian into curry. It’s pure durian goodness encased in a green buttery pastry puff.

No one in their right mind will say that adding butter will make something taste worst. If something tastes bad, the answer is you’re not adding enough butter.

It’s like nature’s very own custard cream, approved and loved by the royalty, then made better by encasing it in a flaky crust.

Imagine biting into the fatty but not overly greasy crust that just crumbles, and luscious MSW oozes out like cheese, but better because it’s pure durian goodness.

You know we have to get it ourselves to try.

So I did.

How It Looks

The moment I got the puffs, I knew I was in trouble.

Ah Hock loved Michelle and asked her, ‘Ai stead mai?’ in the 90s. Today, he tried again but would it work? Prepare some tissue paper and watch their love story here:

Hmm…that looked a bit different from what I saw in the advertisement.

Doesn’t the disclaimer “for illustration purposes only” ring a bell?

Yes. There’s that, but then, you have this.

You know what, let me make it clearer for you.

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Oh. Ohhhhhhh.

Yeah, that was the inner dialogue that ran through my head.

But if there’s one thing Old Chang Kee managed to do, it’s to make their MSW inside their puffs really similar to real durian.

A whole lot of shell with very little flesh.

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How It Tastes

Like a really wise perverted old man once told me, it’s not about how it looks. It’s about how it tastes.

So I did my testing the Victor style, the crust and the durian separately, then together.

The buttery crust exceeds all expectations. If you were expecting oily, gelat crust, this isn’t the one for you.

It’s crispy and melts in your mouth with a burst of buttery fragrance.

The MSW fillings (as little as they are) are amazingly good.

If you’re a fan of bitter durian, the durian flesh has a hint of bitterness before sweetness rush to your taste buds.

Can it compare to the real deal? No. 

Not by itself, but if you eat the crust and the durian together, you’ll come to realise that butter and durian really do need to come together.

So there might’ve been some truth to my colleague’s words.

Should You Get It?

If you’re a durian lover, you’ve got to give this at least one shot.

True, it’s pricey at one for $3.30 and two for $6, but this didn’t taste half bad. Plus, it comes with free coffee.

Although I wish they’ll be more generous with their MSW fillings.

Rating: 2.5/5