There’s a cheese-dessert theme to Sydney right now. First came the queues outside of Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecake shop, recently eased by the new dine-in cafe downstairs, Uncle Tetsu Angel Garden. Now Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart is opening in Sydney.
And if the Melbourne’s stores are anything to go by, there will be lines.
Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island, is famous for it dairy products. The Australian version of this traditional Japanese recipe is made with local produce, but it tastes identical to the Japanese-made tarts. It’s sticky and sweet, buttery and cheesy. It has a creamy, gooey centre surrounded by shatter-crisp pastry.
Owned by Malaysia-based company the ST Group (also behind PappaRich), the original Malaysian store pumps out thousands of tarts daily. There are shops in Shanghai, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia.
The kiosk is takeaway only. It was designed by EAT Architects with marble benchtops and low-slung lighting.
Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart
World Square Shopping Centre, kiosk 9K.5B, 644 George Street, Sydney
Mon-Sun 11.30am until sold out (usually around 4.30pm).