Hotel Icon is bringing back Hong Kong’s largest durian festival at which diners can sample the ‘King of Kings’ in the durian world, as well as uncommon and low-yield types of the fruit. The Malaysian Durian Festival, which is on from July 20-August 24, will celebrate the King of Fruits with a wide spread of durian-infused creations, along with authentic Southeast Asian live stations, chilled seafood.

As part of the festival, the hotel will host weekend brunch and dinner buffets and serve 15 new durian dishes that infuse six Malaysian-origin durians into savoury Chinese plates and western-style desserts. Think Rice Noodle Roll With Durian Dough Stick, Mini Dough Stick with Pandan Durian Kaya, Portuguese Egg Tart with Durian & Mochi, and of course, Malaysian Durian Ice Cream. There are creative offerings, such as Mini Musang King Durian with Abalone Duck Soup, which is simmered for three hours using fresh duck meat and premium abalone, as well as the D197 Durian Cheese Baked Caribbean Lobster that combines hot and spicy cheese with sticky sweet Musang King durian.

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Guests can try durian along with premium abalone, as well as top-grade and rare freshly cut durian.

Guests will also get to try a platter of five freshly cut durian varieties (three for children), including the rich and creamy top-grade D197 Musang King, known as the ‘King of Kings’ in the durian world. The platter includes the D200 Black Thorn, which is being served for the first time and has an extremely smooth texture and strong sweet aftertaste, as well as the Penang variant D24 Sultan and two relatively rare and low-yield durian types in Hong Kong: the D88 and XO Durian.

Durian enthusiasts will also get the chance to chat with Executive Chef Danny to learn about Malaysian durians during the festival. The buffets will be held on July 20 (only brunch), July 21, August 3, 4, 17, 18 and 24. The buffet is priced at HK$888 for adults and HK$558 for children under 11 years old.

EVENTMalaysian Durian Festival 2024
DATESJuly 20, July 21, August 3, August 4, August 17, August 18 and August 24
TIME11:45am-3pm (brunch), 6:30pm-10pm (dinner)
VENUESilverbox Ballroom, Level 1, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
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Image credits: Hotel Icon

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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