Best Durian Desserts in Penang

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Say hello to durian. Either you’ve lowered your eyebrow or started licking your lips. If you fall into the second category, this post is tailor-made to tempt your taste buds. And for those who adamantly say no, let's see how long more. Not long ago, the King of Fruits made its mark in the dessert scene and got us falling deeper in love with the creamy goodness sans the need of muscling with spiky surfaces and plump seeds. Boasting with a distinctive aroma and smooth texture, from ice cream to bite-sized snacks, pancakes to gelatos, oh boy, durian have taken centre stage. Some spots below are widely known, some are new kids on the block and some just requires you clicking online, but they all share one thing in common – leaving an unforgettable imprint for durian lovers. 

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    Pink Elephant Ice Cream

    Among the latest food trend that has taken the social media platform by storm - Fried Ice Cream! With a quirky name and selection of flavour profiles, this vibrant joint is a must-visit if you’re at Queensbay Mall. Ice creams are made to order and it only requires three to four minutes to reach your palm. Meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled looking at it being prepared. Not the most ordered flavour yet their durian ice cream is worth drooling over. Tart up the icy swirls with assorted confectionaries, nibbles and chocolates for maximum gratification.

    Tips

    Located right opposite GSC Cinema

    Things to expect

    Huge crowd during weekends

    Best with

    Milk tea

    Price

    RM10.80 to RM20.00

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    Pink Elephant @ Queensbay Mall View restaurant

    123, Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia, 11900, Georgetown, Penang
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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Moody Cow Dessert CafeNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    “Diets are for losers, eat the cake up!” You’ll bump into similar quirky quotes here that encourage you and your entourage to gobble down a myriad of cakes that lure you from the stretched glass shelve. Among the best sellers here is their Musang King Durian Cheesecake made from premium pulps and rich cheese. By the same token, the passionate team boasts their innovativeness by combining durian and salted egg to form a one-of-a-kind cake. Imagine durian cheesecake capped with creamy salted egg frosting and drizzled with macadamia nuts. Are you in open-mouthed wonder just like us?

    Tips

    Get in early during weekends

    Things to expect

    Convivial ambience

    Best with

    Ice Cream

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Moody Cow Cafe View restaurant

    170, Jalan Transfer, 10050, George Town, Penang
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    0164101995

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    02:00PM—12:00AM
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    Taste Better

    This colourful kiosk can be found in both Queensbay Mall and Gurney Plaza. And you can commonly spot a perpetual queue, grabbing armloads of durian puffs and scoffing down soft-serve durian ice cream. The puffs are an absolute bomb where a generous amount of durian filling is encapsulated by a golden doughy case with a dollop of yellow custard on top. Each bite allows the concoction to burst to fore and you just can’t get enough of it, rich and creamy, what else do you need? On the other hand, the ice cream offers a smooth mouthful with mild durian flavours.

    Tips

    Get more than a dozens to satiate you on the couch

    Things to expect

    Decent crowd during lunch and dinner hours

    Best with

    Soft-serve ice cream

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM10.00

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    Taste Better @ Queensbay Mall View restaurant

    Menara KOMTAR, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11900, Georgetown, Penang
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    0134087888

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Kochabi @ Queens Hall

    Kochabi simply means ice cream potong and you can easily spot this little joint at Queens Hall as many locals find themselves hopelessly addicted to this pastel coloured icy goodness. Among the most vaunted rendition is the durian which packs up a strong essence. If you're not into potong sticks, then their durian gelato is a splendid substitute to your craving. It’s rather a surprise as the icy sticks taste so good without the addition of colouring, flavouring and preservatives. Not in the mood to steer your wheels over? Check out their website, order online and have them delivered to your doorsteps.   

    Tips

    red bean, yam and jackfruit are widely praised too

    Things to expect

    Crowded during weekends

    Best with

    Gelato

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM10.00

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    Queens Hall View restaurant

    Menara KOMTAR, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11900, Georgetown, Penang
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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Passion Heart CafeAlco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Housed in a colonial building along Muntri Street, Passion Heart Cafe is the best spot to go if you’re in for a cake feast, homemade cakes to be precise. An unpretentious welcoming, vibrant backdrop, soothing atmosphere and range of cakes made with premium ingredients and lots of love, just reminds you of grandma. What not to be missed here is their Fresh Cream Durian cake which comes in a huge portion. Fresh layers of cream interspersed with durian puree and coating of durian paste atop seals the deal. Complete your indulgence with an aromatic cuppa by the side. 

    Tips

    They also serve assorted local delights. If you don't fancy cream cake, opt for their baked durian cake.

    Things to expect

    Colourful and calm ambience

    Best with

    Coffees

    Price

    RM8.00 to RM20.00

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    Passion Heart View restaurant

    83 Muntri Street, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    0164431336

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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    12:00PM—10:30PM
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    U Desserts

    With numerous branches across the state, U Desserts is no stranger to Penangites. Their latest addition at Maritime Piazza certainly warrants a visit with a more sophisticated ambience and overlooking a scenic ocean. With an impressive spread of desserts, you may hem and haw to make up your mind but if durian is your pick, then you’re in safe hands. Creativity is the name of the game here with options like – durian pancake, durian pudding, durian and pomelo sago soup and ice blended durian. Yes, time literally stands still for durian lovers. 

    Tips

    You can also opt for mango series if you’re opting for a break from durian

    Things to expect

    Realm of desserts.

    Best with

    Mango Chong Fun

    Price

    RM6.80 to RM20.00

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    U Desserts @ Maritime Piazza View restaurant

    Maritime Suite, Karpal Singh Dr, George Town, Penang, Malaysia, 11600 , Georgetown, Penang
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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Kek Seng Coffee Shop

    The outlook of this coffee shop may seem an unlikely place to find a dessert but it’s been making waves both online and offline for decades especially for their homemade durian ice cream. The real deal here is opting for a hearty bowl of durian ice kacang. Once the colourful bed of icy concoction is formed with assorted syrups and scoops of corn and red beans, two scoops of durian ice cream are crowned on top. As the creamy lava cascades all over the bowl, it’s indeed photo-worthy and nothing short of delicious. 

    Tips

    If you don’t order drinks, you’ll be charged 40 cents

    Things to expect

    Chocolate ice cream is available for those who don't do so well with durian

    Best with

    Char Kuey Teow

    Price

    RM4.90 to RM10.00

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    Kek Seng Coffee Shop View restaurant

    382 & 384, Jalan Penang, , 10000 , Georgetown, Penang
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    0164121300

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    09:00AM—05:00PM
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    Durian Haven Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    You wouldn’t ask for a more encouraging name. Durian Haven is quite a hideout at Armenian Street yet tourists and locals alike are widely raving about their menu which is downright dedicated to durian devotees. How about whetting up your appetite with durian daifuku - glutinous flour stuffed with cold durian filling? And head over to durian puff, durian pancake, durian egg tart and durian pancakes. Then wash it all down with durian chendol. Enough of imagination, steer your wheel over and return with all smiles. 

    Tips

    Check out their Facebook page

    Things to expect

    Touristy spot

    Best with

    Plain Water to cut off the heat

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM10.00

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    Durian Haven View restaurant

    16, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10300 , Georgetown, Penang
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    0172088767

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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    10:00AM—07:00PM
    Saturday, Sunday
    09:00AM—07:00PM
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    Relish Halal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Sited at Gurney Paragon, this cosy restaurant is known for churning out a plethora of Malaysian delights with a modern twist. Among the standout here is their durian pancake which scores on both presentation and flavour. Three greenish bundles chockfull with premium durian flesh and cream are lined on a banana leaf. The pancake is so smooth; you might feel like slithering through a cloud and the creamy concoction within shackles onto your taste buds. Given the spacious and colourful backdrop, if you’re on a date and your partner isn’t a durian person, be sure of holding on to your burp. 

    Tips

    Opt for set meals or promotions

    Things to expect

    Assorted local delicacies presented with modern touches.

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM9.90 to RM20.00

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    Relish Gurney Paragon View restaurant

    Lot 163D-2-33A, Gurney Paragon, Persiaran Gurney, , 10250, Georgetown, Penang
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    042189216

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Sukhothai (Beef Noodles House)

    Hopping over to a Thai restaurant that has been reaping up strong reputations for their beef noodles. And what else pops up in your mind as dessert in a Thai eatery other than mango sticky rice but Sukhothai has brought the dish to a whole new level by adding durian into the scene. Throw the confetti - durian sticky rice it is! Aesthetically served in a goblet, the medley of black and white glutinous rice with creamy durian flesh and mildly sweetened coconut milk rounds up an impeccable dessert. You may be tempted for seconds or even thirds, you live only once, go ahead.

    Tips

    They also serve the mango version

    Things to expect

    Range of Thai delicacies

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM8.90 to RM20.00

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    Sukhothai Beef Noodle House View restaurant

    18, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10350, Georgetown, Penang
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    0164387788

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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