Win yourself a whole durian fruit from S$1 at one of these claw machines that can be found at your neighbourhood pasar malams

by Marcus Leong

Durian lovers I hope you have your appetite ready because durian season is finally here! This year, King of Fruits is expected to be in season from June to August — hooray! To add to the excitement, these durian claw machines might be making an appearance at a pasar malam near you. And with the right strategy and some luck, you might be able to walk away with a whole durian fruit for just S$1!

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We’re all well familiar with claw machines being stocked with plushies, toys, and even electronics, but durians? That’s a first, so you best bet we had to take a look. These claw machines have been spotted at the pasar malams in Choa Chu Kang and Toa Payoh. They combine some of our favourite things — durian, pasar malams, claw machines, and a great deal.  

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Indeed, the machines were stocked with little durian fruits — yes, it is the real fruit. Tokens for the claw machines are priced at S$2 for 2 tokens, S$5 for 5 tokens, S$10 for 12 tokens, and S$50 for 70 tokens. But of course, there are other machines filled with plushies around for you to spend your tokens on too. 

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The fruits are packed differently in each machine, some are piled atop plastic balls, while others have the fruit sitting in between poles — they might look easy to catch but it’s quite the opposite. But, with some help and maybe good judgement, you might just be able to score yourself a fruit. There were people who managed to win as many as 5 fruits — albeit after several attempts that is. 

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Each go at the machines costs only 1 token, which means if you succeed on your first try, you would have won your durian at just S$1 — what a steal! But of course, for the price you’re paying, you definitely won’t be getting any premium quality Mao Shan Wang, Golden Phoenix or Black Gold durian. Nonetheless, it’s still a pretty good deal. 

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The claw machines can currently be found at the pasar malams in Choa Chu Kang (near Lot One) and Toa Payoh Centre Courts now until 11 June, so hurry down before it’s all gone! You can also find them at Play United outlets in Hougang Mall and Tampines 1

Do you have what it takes to beat the claw machine? Give it a go and score some cool prizes!

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