The Cult Bakers
All the pizzas at The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough are handmade by husband-and-wife duo Nurhasanah, 39, and Chalith, 36 (both pictured above). Nurhasanah makes the dough, while Chalith turns it into pizzas. They do this once a week on Sundays, serving up just 40 made-toorder pies. The rest of the week, they make and sell
– as the shop name suggests – sourdough bread, artisanal toast, cakes and cookies.
The couple used to be engineers, but Nurhasanah decided to make bread her full-time business in 2015. Chalith first helped out, then left his day job after they opened their Serene Centre shop in November 2016.
How did pizza come into the picture? Well, the couple are fans of the pies at Pizzeria Mozza at Marina Bay Sands. But as it was impossible for them to eat out all the time, they decided to make their own, picking up skills from other home chefs online.
Their pizzas are sourdough-based, with a tangy hint – that’s down to the wild yeast working with flour and water to create the sourdough. Because it involves live culture, each batch of pizza may taste different. The dough is refrigerated for about 24 hours before it’s shaped into pizza bases. “If it’s well fermented, it’s bouncy and smells fruity like yogurt, not sour,” says Chalith.
They offer just five types of pizza, including margherita and marinara. All are vegetarianfriendly. Orders open each Wednesday. You can place yours via Whatsapp (+65 9487-4045). Be quick, as they’re usually all booked up by Friday. You can try your luck and see if any are left on Sunday, but don’t bet on it. They’re that good.
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