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Meet Baker Boys

Meet Jawad from Baker Boys

Baker Boys is a beloved bakery at Dandenong Market, warming the hearts and filling bellies with delicious breads, pastries and pies.
The owner and operator of Baker Boys is Jawad Ali Zada – known for his constant smile and scrumptious coffee scrolls. Jawad’s story of how he came to be at Dandenong Market is, in many ways, like many of the refugee and immigrant traders who find a home at the Market
Jawad Ali Zada fled the Taliban and his homeland Afghanistan in 2001 before September 11. Heartbreakingly, Jawad had to leave behind his pregnant wife, who then fled to Pakistan with other family members.
When Jawad arrived in Australia as a refugee in 2001 he got a Temporary Protection Visa which didn’t allow him to go back to Afghanistan to visit his family or allow him to bring them to Australia.

Jawad started work at Bakers Delight in Sydney as he had a great experience working for his family who owned a baking business in Afghanistan.

A year later Jawad moved to Melbourne and worked at Ivan’s Pies, where he stayed for seven and a half years. Starting as a casual worker, Jawad rose to the position of Production Manager.
In 2004, after a long heartbreaking wait, Jawad finally got permanent residency. Therefore he finally could visit his family, including his wife and son whom he had never met, in Pakistan for three months. Eventually, in 2005, Jawad’s wife and son were able to join him in Australia. His son was now 4 years old. It was an emotionally exciting time to have his reunited family with him and to settle in Australia, which he now considers home.
Jawad bought the Lien Hiep Bakery business in 2010 which had a store in both Oakleigh and at Dandenong Market. He increasingly became more interested in his bakery at the Market and went on to sell his Oakleigh store. Jawad enjoyed the multiculturism at the Market and saw that it was a place that attracted customers to fresh products and quality bread. Quality is something that Jawad prides himself on.
Jawad started baking on-site at the market in 2014. He specialises in oven-baked traditional (yeast and chemical-free) sourdough bread, pizza bread, scrumptious pies, pastries and other baked products. His bread is based on traditional family recipes and techniques. Jawad also tries to combine Afghan recipes with Australian-style bread so as to make his products part of a unique food destination for his customers.
Jawad and his wife now have three sons, including Jawad’s oldest son who is now 14 and helps out in the shop. The name “Baker Boys” is a nod to his three sons.
Find Baker Boys at P14 in The Pantry.

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