Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Uncle Tetsu's Cheesecake and The Japanese Alley

Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake,
501 George St
Sydney, Australia

 The Place 

This establishment wasn't here when I visited Sydney last time 2 years ago (things are changing fast especially when you're not looking).

Kitchen, Uncle Tetsu's Cheesecake, Sydney, Australia
Chicken view from the front counter

This shop is at the start of a shopping arcade (more accurately shopping lane) on George St, located next to Town Hall Station. I would like to christen this shopping lane, if I may, "The Japanese Alley" (if you want to call it "The Japanese Street" to make it sounds bigger, feel free, i won't hold it against you).

Japanese Alley, Sydney, Australia

Another reason why I call it "Japanese Alley" (I always make sure I've more than 1 reasons) is how it reminds me of those narrow alleys in Japanese cities, especially the modern parts of ancient capital of Kyoto.

Apart from the odd Malaysian out hawker-style restaurant called Sedap, nearly all the businesses are Japanese (the last time i check).

I stayed in Fraser Suites, where the lobby can be accessed from Kent St. Unless i want to go to Chinatown, i always exit Fraser Suites in their backdoor on level 10, which connects to "The Japanese Alley" to get to George St (level 10 is street level. Don't ask).

Japanese Alley, George St, Sydney, Australia
The Japanese Alley, the view i see when leaving Fraser Suites through the backdoor.

Japanese Alley, George St, Sydney, Australia
This ramen place is rather busy most of the time i passed by

While Korean food and culture - the K wave - has swept throughout SE Asia in the last decade or so. The Japanese food scene has been growing in Sydney in the last 2 decades, threatening to overtake Chinese cuisine as the most popular Asian (possibly all ethnic) dishes. At least in Sydney. Ironically or logically (depending how you look at it), it's the 2nd generation Chinese-speaking immigrants (from all parts of SE Asia) that spur this growth of Japanese food. After all, it isn't such a cultural shocking palate move for the Chinese diners to dive into Japanese food with gleeful abandonment.

 The Food 

While they have a large variety of pastries to choose from, but their cheesecakes and cheesetarts seem to be their trademark choices. I must fess up that while I eat cheeses of many kinds, i'm not a big fan of cheesecake. But i won't spit it out if one is inserted into my month gingerly. That's just a show of respect for my mouth (sorry, Mr. Mouth to me. You can call it Mouthy. It will take offense if you call it "Big Mouth").

Making cheesetarts, Uncle Tetsu's Cheesecake, Sydney, Australia
A lovely kitchen staff catching cheesetarts that were spit out of  the  machine

Making cheesetarts, Uncle Tetsu's Cheesecake, Sydney, Australia
Say "cheese" ! (or "cheesetarts")

We ordered the cheesecake (the cheesetarts looked too cheesy), original flavor, of course. Always stick with the original.

Uncle Tetsu's Cheesecake, Sydney, Australia
Original flavour Uncle Tetsu cheesecake

The texture is as smooth as a baby's bottom (just an expression, I don't eat baby bottoms), and not too sugary or too cheesy (which cheeses me off). The downside? There's such a thing as too moist.

Actually, the part near the top is just right (that's burnt to golden brown). The bottom part is more soggy (as i said before, the downside, or down under, is too moist. Who like a wet baby bottom? Ask any parent, and the answer is a definitive "eww no!". In short, the cake wasn't too evenly baked with bottom slightly under cooked. I guess it just needs a slower heat. Well, you can't hurry good food.

Overall score: 7.5 / 10. It's worth trying it out, especially if you can't pass up a cheesecake. Nice snack to go with a quick shot of espresso or a slow cup of oolong tea (or Japanese green tea if you must stick to Japanese theme). I may try their other delectable next time i'm in Sydney. Got to eat and fly (back to Singapore).

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