Junction Nine? That was my reaction when I first heard the location of Boss Pizza. I was only familiar with Junction 8 in Bishan and had hitherto, not known that another Junction had sprouted in Yishun. So fully dependent on my girlfriend’s (aka Google Maps) directions, I trekked my way up North in search of the pizza of the bosses. What I found was two pizza outlets side by side. The Boss Pizza was right beside an outlet of an established chain of pizza parlours! This piqued my interest and I was curious to find out how this upstart in the pizza world had the audacity to go head to head against a big brand name.
Decked out in bright yellow, with a matching loud neon signboard proclaiming its Boss status, the look of the outlet conveys its brash attitude perfectly. When I asked the business owner, Jun Xiang, what makes his pizzas better than his neighbour’s, he replied without a pause that it was freshness. It was only then that I noticed that Jun Xiang had no pizzas in his display counter, but instead, makes them fresh when he receives the order. This was indeed a huge plus point as I surveyed the pizza slices on display next door.
As I spoke to Jun Xiang, I found that he was the direct opposite of what the outlet décor was conveying. Here was a young and soft-spoken gentleman, embarking on his first venture as an entrepreneur, and hoping to make an honest living through the labour of his own hands. So I ordered a pizza to see those hands in action. Scanning through the menu, I found that the choices were many. I’ve read some good reviews of their signature chilli crab and salted egg sauce base pizzas, but I wanted to try something more common place, something that I would already have a baseline reference for comparison with. Hence I chose the Hawaiian pizza.
Jun Xiang went to work, first kneading the pizza dough and stretching it expertly into a perfect circle. The finished dough had a delicate and pleasing look to it and I later found out that Boss Pizzas are thin crust pizzas. Then came the tomato sauce base, and the fresh toppings from the plethora of chilled containers in the work table. His expert handling of the process belied his experience of merely 5 months in the business, having just taken over the outlet in November 2017. With all the prep work completed, there was only the baking left to be done. All in all, it took about 10 minutes from dough kneading, to a cooked pizza that’s ready to be devoured. But more on the taste test later.
During the pizza baking process, I crossed over to a shop opposite that was also an EZi merchant, S&acks & Nuts. This shop was especially interesting for it seemed to have an identity crisis of sorts – retailing snacks and nuts, together with children’s clothing, party supplies, and even having a kitchen selling café items like baked pasta, mashed potatoes, salads, croissants and drinks! Speaking to the owner, Joyce, cleared up the mystery as she explained the concept behind her store. S&acks & Nuts provides snack bars for kids’ parties and Joyce works with clients to create bars that are customized to their party themes. The snack bars are stocked with healthier food choices that are air fried, and old school favourites like ice gems, almond cookies, and egg crackers. She also supplies cupcakes with less sugar for an overall healthier party. Besides food, Joyce also provides costumes, packed goodie bags, and other party decorations and paraphernalia as well. So if you are ever in need of help with supplies for your kids’ parties, give Joyce a call.
Don’t forget that you can get pizzas from Boss Pizza to feed the hungry party hordes as well. And on that note, the Hawaiian pizza was given the thumbs up by a pizza expert, my son. Given that he’s probably eaten more pizzas in his 14 years than I could ever hope to consume in my lifetime, I’d say a thumbs up is excellent!
The Boss Pizza
Junction Nine #02-60
Tuesday – Sunday: 11.00am – 9.00pm
All pizzas are going for just $9.90 from 12pm to 5pm at The Boss Pizza, perfect for lunch and a pre-dinner snack.
S&acks & Nuts
Junction Nine #02-58
Tuesday – Sunday: 11.00am – 9.00pm