At "Durian King Cuisine from Singapore and Malaysia," a restaurant on Heping Road in Hualien City, a logo of the ‘durian’ is painted on the yellow signboard with a green background, making a sign that makes quite an impression. The owner, Zhang Wei-Sheng, was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and went to Singapore later for studies. Every meal in the restaurant is cooked by him. The signature cuisines, such as Hainanese Chicken Rice, Buk-Kut Teh, Laksa and Malaysia Curry Chicken, are all beloved by foodies.
After graduating from high school in Singapore, Zhang came to Taiwan to study in the Department of Physical Education at National Taiwan Normal University. He started teaching at Hualien Yuli Senior High School in 1988 and later transferred to Hualien Senior High School as a instructor of Physical Education. His teaching career lasted for nearly 25 years. After retiring from teaching, Zhang worked as a tour guide and brought tourists to visit many interesting places all over Taiwan. He loves food and is curious to research new items; he savors cuisine everywhere and closely examines the cooking techniques and styles when he visits restaurants. He also often cooks the hometown cuisines of Singapore and Malaysia for his children. Later on, with the encouragement of friends, he decided to open a restaurant to share the delicious cuisine from his hometown with the people in Hualien.
After 30 years of living in Hualien, he has become very localized. He has gone from not understanding the Hokkien dialect to being able to chat with friends and relatives fluently. "Hualien County is composed of mountains and the beaches. It is convenient to travel and feel comfortable when visiting tourist attrations!" Zhang likes to enjoy the seascape at Qixingtan Beach and the breathtaking gorge at Taroko National Park. His favorite southern route is "Walami Trail" in Zhuoxi Township, a trail located in the eastern district of Yushan National Park, along the Lele River, where one can enjoy the feeling of being embraced by the forest.
The Taiwanese palate is relatively light. Therefore, Zhang had made some small adjustments to his recipes, such as using less oil, salt, and sugar. It is his wish to offer customers delicious and healthy Singaporean/Malay cuisines, including the fragrance of pandan tea, the appetizing smell of laksa, curry, and the herbal aroma of bak kut teh. As he stir-fries with a spatula, the scent of his cuisines pervades the alleys of Hualien.
Durian King Cuisine from Singapore and Malaysia
Address: 486, Heping Rd., Hualien City, Hualien County 970, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Opening Hours: 11:30–14:00 , 17:00–20:30