Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake evolved in 1985 on Oyafukou Street in Hakata (a not-so-nice area of the city, that quickly garnered fame and attention after the success of the sweet shop!) Throughout his restaurant career, Uncle Tetsu was introduced to a specialty Australian cheese which inspired him to use abundantly in his delicious cheesecakes. Super soft, rich and light, Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecakes are a desert of viral popularity in Japan, Taipei and China.
In line, I was keen to ask everyone what all the buzz was about! It turned out no one else we were in line with had been to Uncle Tetsu’s before and many of the patrons had never even tried a Japanese Cheesecake before. Although everyone in line ranged from old to young we all shared one thing in common: we were waiting because of the fame and the glory of the cheesecake! The line for the cheesecakes spilled out onto the sidewalk and only continued to grow longer as the afternoon faded into early evening. The strong smell of warm butter and fresh baking added excitement to the air as the minutes faded into hours and the reality of getting our hands on a cake drew closer.
Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake only has three items on the menu: Cheesecake ($8.88), Angel Hat ($8.88) and Rusk ($6.66) Everything Uncle Tetsu sells is light on the palette and made with quality ingredients by one-of-a-kind bakers who do everything by hand. The hallmark of Uncle Tetsu is simplicity – inevitable in the slightly rustic, uncomplicated interior of the shop and minimalistic aesthetic of the deserts which are stamped with the Uncle Tetsu logo before being packaged in a box and bag.
Customers are only allowed one cheesecake each, however at 6 inches large they are enough to serve 8-10 people. The desert is extremely simple and best served hot. If you want the traditional Japanese experience don’t add any additional toppings, but if you’re in the market for a more glammed up treat definitely top your cake with fresh berries for some added fresh flavour! The best way to describe the texture of the cheesecake is spongey – “it’s like a New York styled cheese cake, but filled with air” a man in line told me who said he was addicted to the classic Asian desert back home in Japan.
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