Pizza Box – Let The Burger Sizzle!

This is the final installment of my second food trail with Tony of Tony Johor Kaki. He’s now in KL sitting as a panelist at the forum on Malaysian Street Food organised by the Management and Science University in Shah Alam, Selangor. He confided in me when we were on the way home on his recent win that landed him a trip to Australia, “Who would have thought taking a photo of mee rebus (Malay boiled noodles) and blogging about it would have me in the Land Down Under?”

Tony: "Dear friends, your encouragement and strong support has helped Johor Kaki won the Best Food Blog honour at the Singapore Blog Awards 2013. Thank you so much I will continue to look for the best food of Johor and share with you all."

Tony: “Dear friends, your encouragement and strong support has helped Johor Kaki won the Best Food Blog honour at the Singapore Blog Awards 2013. Thank you so much I will continue to look for the best food of Johor and share with you all.”
Photo courtesy of Tony Johor Kaki (actually I robbed it from his page, shhh…)

Tony invited on the panel of Culinary Scene (Malaysia Street Food) in KL 10 September 2013.

Tony invited on the panel of Culinary Scene (Malaysia Street Food) in KL 10 September 2013.
Click on picture to be redirected to Tony’s blog.

As I said about 5 posts ago, Tony and I went into JB by bus and then on foot. We started the day at 8am and got back to Singapore in the early evening. It was a very enjoyable albeit tiring adventure. I have never walked so much in my life and my feet blistered from the straps of my platform thong sandals. But I hope to break the record and do a 10-meal food trail with him one day – To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield! I’ll get a good pair of walking shoes (which Tony did suggested) 😉

Right now, I’m exhausted. My mind’s blank and there not much texts I can conjured up for this post. Nonetheless, the food was great and so I’ll let the pictures do the talking for me after the summary below:

Pizza Box is a Malaysian fast food joint catered to the young and trendy. Of course the older folks and those with young families would enjoy this too.

Pizza Box started with the concept of serving quality gourmet pizzas to their consumer at very affordable prices. In no time they added burgers onto their menu.

I had the privilege to try their 6-inch Volacno Cheesy Pork and Bacon Burgers. Their gourmet Parma Ham Pizza rocks!

I enjoyed the 6-inch Volcano Cheesy Burger best. 250g of fresh ground pork patty topped with chopped onions and covered in generous slices of cheddar, the meat was pan-fried to juicy perfection. Nestled on a bed of lettuce, caramelised onion rings and doused with cheesy chilli sauces sandwiched between sesame seed bamboo charcoal buns, the handsome burger was served with a side of curly fries. Bamboo Charcoal with all its health benefits was incorporated into the hamburger buns and it proved to be a great success!

I hear the pizza dough will turn black soon (charcoal pizza dough) following the success of their homemade hamburger buns. The rustic yeasty aromatic chewy dough is nothing like the crispy wafer-thin nor oily deep-dish Sicilian style you get from most places. The ingredients are fresh and of top quality. Parma ham the rolls royce of proscuitto crudo and pungent rockets are to die not diet for!

My verdict? Ineffable!

Enough of talk. Let the pictures walk 😉

Little Tommy Tucker sang for his supper. I had to flip for mine :)

Little Tommy Tucker sang for his supper. I had to flip for mine 🙂

Click on the first photo for sequential viewing and commentary.

Moulded ground pork patty.

Moulded ground pork patty.

Let the burger sizzle!

Let the burger sizzle!

Topped with some chopped Spanish red onions.

Topped with some chopped Spanish red onions.

Covered with 3 slices of cheddar.

Covered with 3 slices of cheddar.

This is not squid ink hamburger bun. The colour black is derived from the addition of edible Bamboo Charcoal. There is no strong taste or smell, in fact's it's like ordinary burger buns.

This is not squid ink hamburger bun.
The colour black is derived from the addition of edible Bamboo Charcoal.
There is no strong taste or smell, in fact’s it’s like ordinary burger buns.

This hamburger bun is made with a special ingredient called Bamboo Charcoal. Now, to set the record straight, the charcoal I’m talking about here isn’t any ordinary type of charcoal, so don’t start dunking those sooty blocks into your cakes or dough. I’m talking about a highly prized type of charcoal that’s also known as “Black Diamond”. In Japanese, it is called Takesumi or Chikutan, bamboo charcoal also has high mineral content such as calcium, potassium, sodium and iron.

Takesumi is bamboo charcoal. It is a supreme detoxification product. It absorbs toxins from various organisms, takes the load off the liver and kidneys and thus acts in an anti-aging fashion. Takesumi is also reported to absorb radiation (radon, nuclear, etc…). Takesumi helps chelate dangerous heavy metals and toxins out of the body.

Takesumi has antifungal, antibacterial, antiparasitic and antiviral properties but not quite as strong as Morinda or Melia. Because of the porous nature of the bamboo, it is an amazing absorber. Research from Japan claims that Takesumi emits far infrared rays thus improving circulation and aiding in the detoxification of the body. It helps to shield the body from Electro Magnetic Fields and is a natural source of macro and trace minerals. Takesumi is also reported to be alkalizing.  ~ Please do your own research and verify with professionals.

Plant some lettuce and caramelised onions and on the charcoal bottom bun.

Plant some lettuce and caramelised onions and on the charcoal bottom bun.

Gently transfer the cooked patty onto the bun.

Gently transfer the cooked patty onto the bun.

Are you drooling?

Are you drooling?

Squirt some sweet chilli sauce.

Squirt some sweet chilli sauce.

It's not done yet. Nope, still not cheesy enough!

It’s not done yet. Nope, still not cheesy enough!

Spoon some special homemade cheesy sauce over.

Spoon some special homemade cheesy sauce over.

Sprinkle some herbs...

Sprinkle some herbs…

I think it's almost there.

I think it’s almost there.

Voila! 6-inch Volcano Cheesy Pork Burger.

Voila!
6-inch Volcano Cheesy Pork Burger.

Not spicy enough? Erupt your taste buds with Tabasco and more chilli sauce.

Not spicy enough? Erupt your taste buds with Tabasco and more chilli sauce.

6-inch Volcano Cheesy Burger served with Curly Fries.

6-inch Volcano Cheesy Burger served with Curly Fries.

Pork is thoroughly cooked through yet retains meaty flavoursome juice.

Pork is thoroughly cooked through yet retains meaty flavoursome juice.

Don't like ground pork? 6-inch too big? How about a standard 4-inch Bacon Burger?

Don’t like ground pork? 6-inch too big?
How about a standard 4-inch Bacon Burger?

Rocket goes very well with bacon too. Have you made up your mind which burger you'll have?

Rocket goes very well with bacon too.
Have you made up your mind which burger you’ll have?

You can find extensive menu of gourmet meals at fast food prices here at Pizza Box. Enjoy!

You can find extensive menu of gourmet meals at fast food prices here at Pizza Box.
Enjoy!

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) CLOSED FOR GOOD

Happy eating 😀

Information credit on Bamboo Charcoal found from several resources online. Please do your own research and verify with professionals.

P.S. Charcoal Buns and the likes are the new red velvet here. Use them in your pasta, noodles, swiss roll, choux pastries, bread, chiffon, cupcakes, muffins and pancakes, even mochi! Anything to deal with flour, even gluten-free (Janet, you reading this???)

You can buy Edible Bamboo Charcoal here.

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23 Responses to “Pizza Box – Let The Burger Sizzle!”
  1. Sofia says:

    Never had seen a burger bun like that!

  2. cate b says:

    WOW! that’s it – a BIG WOW!

  3. cate b says:

    it’s a yummy wow.

  4. Lignum Draco says:

    Delicious looking burger but I think I would baulk at the black bun. How do you find the taste?

    It seems more than a few of your posts aren’t making it into my reader. Very strange.

    • Sam Han says:

      There’s no strong taste or smell. In fact, if you were to eat them blindfolded, they taste just like ordinary buns. Only some health benefits if you believe the reports.:)

  5. The Mouse says:

    Pork burgers … drool!

  6. Hi Sam ,this is the Burger ,deserves an award.So tempting .Cheers.

  7. Such a food porn, i love any blackened food, something fancy about it….
    btw, i’ve eaten bamboo charcoal la mian noodle, but non bread…
    never had pork burger before, simply drolling me!

  8. Janet Rörschåch says:

    Hi ya Sam. Look at you flippin’ burgers. That black bun scared me for a moment. I thought you had burned it. 😉 Interesting the addition of bamboo charcoal.

  9. daniellajoe says:

    Great post!!! I love that bun and I did not know they sell Tabasco over there I love the heat 🙂

  10. I had this on Friday and it was F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C! Moist, juicy & thick pork patty with gooey cheese sauce…what beats having a good burger like this? Thanks for the recommendation. I had one of my best lunches in JB ever!

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