Pizza Box – Parma Ham Pizza Rocks!

The rain stopped. Tony and I made our way to our final destination. We arrived in good time at 3pm, as per our schedule, to meet Alan Chan. You may remember Alan from Nan Bei Restoran 南北 where Tony, Tyng and I enjoyed delicacies cooked by his parents.

With the same generosity showered upon us during our last visit, we had the permission to go into the kitchen this time to witness the making of gourmet pizzas.

Stop whatever you’re doing and come away with me for a while. Please… 😀

Pizza Box is located on level 3, Inner City, City Square Mall. Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Pizza Box is located on level 3, Inner City, City Square Mall. Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Come away with me to Pizza Box.

Come away with me to Pizza Box.

While we may take it for granted, proscuitto ham pizza with rocket is rare in Malaysia and dare I say unheard of in a fast food set-up?

While we may take it for granted, proscuitto ham pizza with rocket is rare in Malaysia and dare I say unheard of in a fast food set-up?

Prosciutto is the general Italian word for ham and is almost always used to refer to the uncooked, air-cured ham prosciutto crudo (prosciutto cotto is cooked ham), in particular from central and northern Italy such as Prosciutto di Parma, Prosciutto di Emiliano and Prosciutto di San Daniele, and there are others. It is also produced in Australia. Similar products are made in Spain (Jamon Serrano/ Iberico), Portugal (Presunto) and France (Jambon traditionale). There is proscuitto and prosciuttini, both come from the same part of the pork shoulder and dry-cured but proscuitto is cured with bone-in. Parma Ham on the other hand, is prosciutto from that area of Emilia-Romana defined by European law as the region of Parma and is regarded as perhaps the only true prosciutto. Parma is the same region famous for Parmesan cheese (and my favourite Parmigiano Reggiano).

Let’s go flip the dough 😉
Click on the gallery below to see basic pizza making process sequentially.

Parma Ham Pizza (featured above - no tomatoes).<br />There's another similar offering Parma Ham Margherita Pizza - Tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil are the common ingredients in Margherita but at Pizza Box, the basil would be substitued with rocket.

Parma Ham Pizza (featured above – no tomatoes).
There’s another similar offering Parma Ham Margherita Pizza – Tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil are the common ingredients in Margherita but at Pizza Box, the basil would be substitued with rocket.

Gourmet Pizza MYR24.90 - 39.90 There are set deals available.

Gourmet Pizza
MYR24.90 – 39.90
There are set deals available.

Commonly known as Salad Rocket, these lobed leaves are often added to pizzas just before the baking period ends or immediately afterwards. The rich peppery taste pairs well with proscuitto and parmesan although they can be quite pungent.

Commonly known as Salad Rocket, these lobed leaves are often added to pizzas just before the baking period ends or immediately afterwards. The rich peppery taste pairs well with proscuitto and parmesan although they can be quite pungent.

The proscuitto intensified the flavours of Margherita and extra parmesan can render the dish overly salty.

The proscuitto intensified the flavours of Margherita and extra parmesan can render the dish overly salty.

Don't you just love sticky chewy mozzarella?

Don’t you just love sticky chewy mozzarella?

Mozzarella is a fresh, sliceable cheese, originating from southern Italy. They are traditionally made from Italian buffalo and later cow’s milk by the pasta filata method. The term is used for several kinds of Italian cheeses that are made using spinning and then cutting. The the Italian verb mozzare means “to cut” and hence the name.

Stop gawking at the black burger. I'll introduce it on my next post ;-)

Stop gawking at the black burger. I’ll introduce it on my next post 😉

There are many pizza offering on the menu but I think Parma Ham Margherita truly deserves a mention.

There are many pizza offering on the menu but I think Parma Ham Margherita truly deserves a mention.

While I enjoy thin crusts, some eateries and restaurants made them wafer-thin, and too crispy like water biscuits. I find Silician pizzas (thick crust or deep-dish) heavy and oily thus I could only eat one slice. I like the dimension and texture of Pizza Box’s rustic home-made dough – perfumed with yeasty aroma, the size is good for 1-2 persons to chew on it. The vegetables were fresh and crisp, the dairy product and meat used are of fine quality. It was a wonderful dining experience. The best part is, they serve great gourmet pizzas at fast food prices. Now everyone can enjoy this treat!

Pizza Box
Level 3 Innercity, JB City Square.
Jalan Wong Ah Fook,
Bandar Johor Bahru.
80000 Plentong, Johor.
Malaysia.

Operation hours: 10am – 10pm (last order 9.30pm)

Happy flipping 😀

Rating: 8.5/10

Pssst… I hear they are going to have black dough for their pizza bases soon. Nope, not made of squid ink. The black ingredient has got no Italian connection. Black dough is the new red velvet. See that ingredient in my next post!

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15 Responses to “Pizza Box – Parma Ham Pizza Rocks!”
  1. Spizza in Singapore serves a similar pizza like this. Simply delish! I’m sure you enjoyed yours tremendously too 🙂 I’m heading to JB this Friday, might just have dinner there! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Sam Han says:

      I love Spizza’s pizza (tongue twisted now), lol… If you intend to visit them, look out for my post on their charcoal burgers tomorrow 😀 Hope you have fun in JB.

  2. Oh yes, I was quite captivated by your photo with the charcoal burger on the table 🙂 I even showed to my husband and told him I wanna try that tomorrow when we are there 😀 Can’t wait to read your post on that!

    • Sam Han says:

      I don’t know why my earlier reply to this is missing. I know I answered but I’ve forgotten the exact texts. But hey, you’ve visited the place and liked it. I am happy you did 😀

  3. daniellajoe says:

    the only thing i would add is pineapples, it gives the ham a nice sweet taste to tone down the salt….

  4. Sheryl says:

    I’m curious about the black burger. . . and am looking forward to your post about it.

  5. Lignum Draco says:

    Ok, this post from 3 days ago just appeared in my reader now. 😦

    • Sam Han says:

      Better late than never. Yesterday I commented in Laura’s post but there weren’t any “awaiting moderation” so I posted again but the words are of different “feel” than my original comment. Know what I mean? 😉

  6. Rocked out your taste buds and also your wallet Sam…
    LoL

  7. Tried this too. While I like Spizza’s wood-fired crust, I like Pizza Box’s filling better! Generous portions of parma ham and cheese that strings when you pull each slice. Absolutely divine! 🙂

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