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IF you fancy having rendang, bakso and spicy tuna toppings for pizza, Pazz Da Pizza will deliver it to your doorstep.

PASIR GUDANG: The pizzas are priced from RM11 to RM22 and come in three sizes -- small, medium and large.

They offer a delivery service in several areas, including Pasir Gudang and Bandar Seri Alam, from 11am to 10pm daily. Customers can also pick up their orders at 43, Jln Mawar 1, Taman Mawar, here.

The home-made pizza business is run by a couple with a passion for baking from Perak.

Shahida Kamarul Baharen, 35, said her husband, Meor Ishak Nasir, 41, a welding inspector, often travelled overseas for his work, especially to Western countries.

She said his overseas dining experience came in useful when they decided to come up with their Malaysian-flavoured pizzas.

"We used to bake sausage bread for school functions or family friends when we were living in Puchong Perdana, Selangor. Our customers encouraged us to expand the business."

Shahida said they started taking orders for homemade pizza in 2009 and introduced a delivery service two years ago.

Shahida said the sambal and rendang pastes were prepared in advance but the dough was prepared daily.

"We bake the wheat flour dough together with its topping so the bread would be softer and its ingredients are absorbed into the top layer," she said.

Shahida said they only used halal ingredients such as mozarella cheese with non-animal based rennet.

"Currently, we only use chilli and barbecue sauce. We may add on more flavours for our toppings.

"During busy period, especially towards the end of the month or during the festive season, we make up to 170 pieces of pizza," she said.

The couple employ three kitchen helpers and a despatcher at their Pasir Gudang outlet.

They have opened an outlet in Ipoh with four workers.

Shahida said they hoped to have a restaurant one day and offer baking courses for students.

"We are planning to expand our operation and especially having our own franchise line.

"However, some factors must be considered, including capital, manpower, machines and space."

She encouraged individuals in the food business to apply for government grants for small and medium industry entrepreneurs.

She said they could also ask for advice from the state Small and Medium Livestock Farmers' Association and Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute.

"Homemade food businesses can be a source of income for stay-at-home mothers and a platform for youths to gain knowledge."

For details, call 019-726 9401 and 019-727 9401 or visit pazzdapizza.blogspot.com.

Large pan pizza with tuna crab (left) and Napoli chunk toppings. Pix by Sarah Rahim

Pazz Da Pizza offers a delivery service in several areas, including Pasir Gudang and Bandar Seri Alam

Rosliza Mustafar with freshly baked pizza.

The dough is prepared daily.


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