21 Dec Hokkaido Cheese Tarts Arrive in Melbourne!
Hokkaido baked cheese tarts have arrived in Melbourne. The ‘land of the rising sun’ has given us Uncle Tetsu’s – alas, skipping Melbourne, much to the dismay of cheesecake fans. Thankfully, these cheesy creations have opened in 4 locations across Melbourne. The glorious smell of cheese, fills the nostrils of Christmas shoppers at: Melbourne Central, QV, Box Hill Central and Chadstone. Hokkaido cheese tarts have a loyal allegiance of fans throughout Asia, inspiring multiple brands to pop up. The original Bake.Co tarts, have their origins in Sapporo, Hokkaido – a region known for Japanese dairy and epic snow runs. The brand ‘ Hokkaido baked cheese tarts’ is a Malaysian franchise inspired by the original. The branding is quite deceiving implying that the brand heralds from Japan. Admittedly, a quick google of ‘Hokkaido baked cheese tarts’ brings up the Bake Co website and not the Malaysian brand. Admittedly, I did feel slightly deceived, it feels like a blatant copy of the original. Regardless, these warm cheesy creations are worth a try.
Anything that could inspire queues in Asia is worth a try. The first store opened in Melbourne Central, amongst the hustle and bustle of the train station. The swift hands of nimble workers bake the tarts freshly in store. The biggest difference is the cheese, the Australian version uses Aussie sourced cheese, rather than the original Hokkaido cheese. Admittedly, I haven’t tried the Japanese version, but I’ve been told they taste slightly different. The appearance resembles a Hong Kong egg tart or a Portuguese tart, without the caramelisation. Serving the tarts ‘hot’ and the strong taste of cheese, is the biggest selling point. Are they sweet? Are they savoury? I vote for savoury, with a hint of sweetness. In fact, they taste completely different, depending on the temperature. Eating them warm is far superior. The cheese filling, made from three different types of cheese, is undeniably smooth. The texture of the shortcrust pastry, crunchy and mild. Did they change my life? Probably not. I prefer my tarts sweet, but in terms of savoury pastries, these are pretty damn good.
Hokkaido cheese tarts have quickly engulfed the minds of cheese and Japanese food lovers. The Australian replica tastes different from the original, but pleasing all the same. The optimum time to avoid the queues are within work hours or just before the work crowd rush. Either way, the queues are quick moving. Holy cheesus. It’s time to get your cheese on.
Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart
Melbourne Central – Lower Ground