KUALA TERENGGANU: The Musang King durian is expensive and only those who can afford can enjoy it.
Nur Hanani Ismail, 41, and her brother Ahmad Najib Ismail, 33, came up with an idea to allow more people to get to taste the costly fruit by using it as topping for their pizza, which is specially baked in an oven that uses wood stove, and sold at an affordable price.
The sweetness of the durian taste, combined with cheese and the aroma from the wood stove, makes the pizza even tastier, said Nur Hanani when met at the Mystreet Pizza Kitchen outlet in Banggol Peradong, Manir, near here.
“We started making pizza using Musang King durian as topping since last year, but only when the fruit is in season. It is an expensive fruit and many cannot afford it.
“So we hope that with this Musang King pizza, our customers can also get to taste this expensive fruit,” she said, adding that she got her supply of the durian, which is in paste form, from a factory in Raub, Pahang, for RM100 a kilogramme.
She said she started using the wood stove to cook the pizza since early this year.
“The pizza is baked in it for one to two minutes, unlike in an electric oven which takes six to 10 minutes. Baking the pizza in an oven that uses wood stove also makes the bread softer and tastier,” she said.
Nur Hanani, who holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Universiti Putra Malaysia, said the response for her pizza had been encouraging, with up to 30 pieces sold daily and sold for RM12 and RM30 a piece.
She said it was her brother, Ahmad Najib, who started the pizza business from home in 2012. — Bernama