Durian Kit Kat may become a reality in Thailand

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From the exotic to downright bizarre, the humble Kit Kat has been released in all kinds of flavours through the years.

Albeit mostly only available in Japan, fans all over the world have seen their favourite chocolate wafer snack in various incarnations such as the sushi Kit Kat, grilled potato Kit Kat and even a gold Kit Kat!

The versatility of the chocolate bar has prompted Thailand's tourism ministry to also pitch flavours they can call their own - durian, mangosteen and tamarind, all of which are fruits the country is famous for.

Manufacturer Nestle is now discussing whether it's possible to produce these varieties as there are also "other factors to be considered", Thai minister for Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul was quoted by Thailand's Daily News as saying.

If all goes well, we could soon look forward to buying even more funky souvenirs from the land of smiles.

huizhen@sph.com.sg

Durian chicken hotpot in Guangzhou: Yay or nay?

  • It seems like our favourite Southeast Asian fruit is making its mark in China.
  • Recently having made the news for becoming a pizza topping there, the durian is in the limelight again for being part of a hotpot broth in Guangzhou.
  • The durian chicken hotpot was the star of YouTube user The Food Ranger's latest video.
  • Cringing at the thought of the sweet (or smelly) and salty combo?
  • The Food Ranger, whose real name is Trevor James, hands down a surprising verdict: it's heavenly!
  • He admits in the video that he didn't expect durian and chicken broth to go well together.
  • But he says in the video description that the dish would have tasted better if a higher-grade durian, like Mao Shan Wang, was used.
  • Still, he calls the durian he had "amazing", describing it as "creamy, very very soft, almost butterscotch-y, caramel-y and stenchy".
  • Durian food products have been meeting strong demand in China in recent years, especially after Malaysia started exporting the king of fruits in frozen form to the country in 2011.
  • Earlier this month, Pizza Hut announced it will be rolling out durian pizza in several Chinese cities, after it reportedly created a buzz in the province of Guangdong where it had been testing the item.