Hubby and I was walking around Melbourne Central early this month and noticed there was a long queue of people lining up to get into a tiny store. I wasn’t quite sure what was going on and what all the fuss was about until I got closer to the front of the line and looked up at the name of the shop “Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart“.
Not having a clue what they were at the time, I peeped through the big glass window and saw these delectable looking tarts and with a sweet aroma of baked pastries coming out of the shop, it made me contemplate whether it was worth lining up in the queue.
As we were pressed for time, we decided to go home. We returned to the shop the following weekend, however by the time we arrived, they were closed. The time was only 3pm and the advertised closing time was 5pm: they were sold out.
Feeling disappointed we went back the following weekend with more optimism – surely all the buzz would have slowed down by now right? – wrong – they were sold out again!
Now feeling even more determined to get our hands on these little tarts we decided to go back on a weekday early in the morning with a mission to not leave the centre without trying these tarts. Upon arrival, we managed to get in without too much wait and bought four tarts.
Taking my first bite into the freshly baked tart, the first thing I loved immediately was the pastry followed by the actual cheese filling itself. The pastry had the right amount of hardness without crumbling into little pieces like other pastries usually do when you bite into it.
The cheese tart is a soft, very creamy and delicate cheese texture with a very subtle sweet flavour – in fact the pastry was actually sweeter. It was a different tasting cheese tart to how I imagined it. I thought it was going to be a lot sweeter but it was the perfect mixture of sweet and saltiness without the contrasting flavours overpowering each other.
Do I like it? Yes! Was it worth all the fuss? Yes, it is! We had two tarts each on the first day (one after the other) but in my opinion it was too much to have in one go – I think one tart is enough in one sitting to fully enjoy this delectable Hokkaido cheese tart.
Until next time,