Hokkaido Milk Cream Puffs Land In S’pore Next January – Get Ready For An Oozy, Creamy Mess

If you’re a fan of dessert pastries and you’ve exhausted all available options for a good cream puff or cheese tart, then we’ve got news for you.

Popular Taiwanese bakery, Kazo, is opening its first outlet at Chinatown Point on 5 January 2018!

Their parent company, Nichifu, is well known in Taiwan for their cream puffs, polo buns and cheese tarts.

To ensure that the quality of the pastries remain the same as Nichifu, the ingredients used by Kazo will be flown in from Taiwan regularly.

There’s Always Space For Dessert

Their signature Cream Puffs ($1.80 each) come in 2 flavours, Hokkaido Cream and Chocolate Cream.

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The most important thing about a cream puff is the pastry-cream ratio and Kazo seems to have found the perfect ratio.

Thank goodness, because nobody likes a puff with too much cream and too little dough. Have you tried eating a choux puff overloaded with cream? You need a STRAW.

Anyway, if you’re not feeling like cream puffs, how about trying Kazo’s Cheese Tarts ($3.20 each)? Yes, we know that there are already multiple cheese tart brands in Singapore but we love cheese tarts and new stuff, so we’ll still eat it anyway.

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If you thought Kazo stopped at cream puffs and cheese tarts, you thought wrong.

Named after the brand is the Kazu Kazu. A light and fluffy tube with a crunchy crust, filled with Hokkaido cream or Chocolate cream.

Reminds us of the Beard Papa Cookie Puff, but stretched out.

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For those of you who like the Walls ice cream sold by the uncles along the streets of Orchard Road, then you’ll want to try Kazo’s Danish Polo ($2.50 – $5.50).

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These delicious-looking buns of goodness come with a generous serving of Hokkaido Milk, Royal Chocolate or Matcha ice cream. Too bad they don’t have Raspberry Ripple.

If you’re looking for a drink to wash down all this pastry goodness, Kazo has a strong solution. Literally.

Meet these quirky bottles of organic soya bean drinks and matcha latte. They come in the shape of a perfect male physique. And they’re aptly named Kazo Man.

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They even have six packs! We’re referring to the physique. They don’t come in a pack of 6.

Guess who’s keeping the bottle?

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Jokes aside, Kazo seems to be a promising bakery and we cannot wait to be an auntie and queue up for these delectable desserts on 5 January 2018.

Address: 133 North Bridge Road, #01-30 Chinatown Point, Singapore, 059413
Opening Hours: Daily: 10am – 9.30pm
Contact no.: 6440 1888

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(Header Image Source: Kazo Singapore)

Prodigal Roasters Has The Most Bizarre Cheese Tart Flavors To Complement Their Seasonal Coffee Menu

Prodigal Roasters pride themselves on their own roasted beans, which differ every single month as they are constantly getting in new beans from all over the world.

But we think its the ultimate pairing of their freshly brewed coffee and interesting bizarre cheese tart flavors that got to us.

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Their bizarre cheese tarts somehow works 

Get this, their bestseller is a Miso Cheese Tart, which tastes as delicious as it sounds bizarre. The miso caramel sauce is drizzled over a creamy cheese tart before its served. The sauce is kind of similar to salted caramel, but miso-style.

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If you prefer your tarts to be on the chocolate-y side, go for their Rocky Road Tart. The thick and fudge-like chocolate is slightly bittersweet (it uses dark chocolate), and is full of crunchy nuts and chewy marshmallow.

Another interesting one to try is the Sweet Potato Tart, which is mixed with chocolate and tinged with the mellow sweetness from the sweet potato.

On a superfood diet? Get the Acai Cheese Tart.

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Classic flavors like lemon meringue and creme brûlée are also on the menu if you want to play it safe.

Something more substantial?

Prodigal Roasts started out selling tarts, but have since expanded to selling hearty mains in limited portions. Just like everything else, the menu is not fixed, so there’s no saying what you’ll get.

The chefs at Prodigal Roasters are very open to ideas from customers, which results in pretty unusual dishes. If you really want to be kept updated on their latest food creations, follow their Instagram!

Just a couple weeks ago, they had an interesting burnt cream pasta, which comes topped with pomegranate, one week old fermented onions, capers, celery and dusted with coffee grounds. Your tastebuds will be working overtime! 

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The only drawback is that these creations are not permanent fixtures on the menu (even though we think they deserve to be), but don’t be afraid to ask the chefs to whip something up on the spot.

They’ll try their best to oblige, although this is not always possible as they might not have the ingredients on hand.

Journey all over the world with their seasonal roasts

The guys at Prodigal Roasts love experimenting with their coffees as much as they love experimenting with their foods.

You can expect new coffee flavors every month as they are constantly trying out new bean profiles from all over the world. Taste coffees from Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Ethiopia, Thailand, Rwanda and more.

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They also sell freshly roasted beans if you can’t get enough of your brew. Get some beans so that you can make your own cuppa whenever the cravings hit you.

Whether you’re a coffee lover or just want to try something new this cafe is definitely worth a trip to the heartlands for!

Prodigal Roasters
Address: Blk 625 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9 #01-112, Singapore 560625
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 12pm – 10pm; Sat – Sun, 9am – 5pm; Closed on Wednesdays

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(Header Image Source: Prodigal Roasters)

Goodbye Bake, Pablo Cheese Tart Is FINALLY Coming To Singapore!

Love Japanese cheese tarts?

Well, prepare for another round of queuing because Japanese cheese tart chain Pablo will open its first Singapore outlet in Wisma Atria come early August.

What’s For Sale?

First things first, the chain’s signature 15cm-wide cheese tarts will be on sale. The original flavour sells for $15, while the matcha cheese tart and the chocolate cheese tart will be priced at $18 each.

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Pablo is famous for selling cheese tarts that vary in consistency i.e. the “rare” is more liquid, oozing molten cheese filling when the tart is sliced, while the “medium” has a more solid consistency. In Singapore, unfortunately, only the “medium” is available, but hopefully, this could change in the future!

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Also not to be missed are Pablo’s Mini Cheese Tarts. The cheese flavoured tarts will set you back $3.50 each, while the chocolate and matcha flavours will cost slightly more, selling at $3.80 each. These mini tarts will only arrive in the store later this year, so we’ll have to wait for a bit before we can get our hands on these adorable bite-sized tarts.

Other items you can expect at Pablo Cheese Tart are the Cheese Soft Serve ($3.90), Cheese Tart Smoothie ($7.80) and Cheese Millefeuille ($18).

Excited yet? We’re already counting down the days!

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A Look Back At 2016: 7 Food Trends That Got Singaporeans Queuing

As true blue Singaporeans, we are definitely no strangers to crazy long queues. And by crazy, we mean queues lasting for a good 2 hours and more. Year after year, we see them forming. Year after year, we joined them. Now that 2016 is coming to an end, let’s do a quick round-up on the food trends that got us voluntarily joining the queues.

1. Michelin-Starred Hawker Stalls

Earlier in July, when two hawker stalls were awarded a Michelin star each, we witnessed people of all ages chiong down in throngs to try their food.

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Who wouldn’t, if it means getting to taste Michelin-approved food for less than $5?

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle at Chinatown Food Complex dishes out its famous chicken rice at $2 per plate. Even its most expensive dish, the Pork Ribs Rice, is priced at $3.

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At Crawford Lane, the other Michelin-starred Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle also saw long queues forming. Singaporeans wanted to have a go at their $5 bowl of Bak Chor Mee.

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We Singaporeans know our stuff. When we see good deals like this, we flock down like birds, even if it means queuing for hours in the heat.

Also, read The Full List Of Michelin Guide Singapore 2016 – How Many Have You Tried?

2. Salted Egg Yolk Anything and Everything

Remember that period of time, when almost every other food item seemed to be infused with salted egg yolk? Even McDonald’s had hopped on the bandwagon.

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Salted egg yolk croissant, salted egg yolk chips, salted egg yolk lava toast… the list goes on.

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Snaking queues in eateries, bakeries and even coffee shops became a common sight when the salted egg yolk craze was at its peak. And we reckon it will still be that way in the new year ahead.

Also, read 6 Seriously Addictive Salted Egg Yolk Snacks You Must Try In SG!

3. Cheese Tarts

The cheese tart trend started when Hokkaido based BAKE opened its first store in Singapore in April.

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With its signature yellow box, this is a brand most cheese lovers are familiar with. Yet eating BAKE cheese tarts do not come easy at all. It comes at the expense of having to queue for more than 2 hours for them.

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In its heyday, cheese tarts were the rage. Even neighbourhood bakeries jumped on the bandwagon and hawked cheese tarts. Prominent bakeries like BreadTalk and Prima Deli created their own versions of the cheese tart too.

Perhaps there is just something about that measured sweetness of fluffy cheese atop a flavourful crust that draws in the crowd.

Also, read BAKE Cheese Tart Continues Singapore Invasion At Its Second Outlet In Westgate Mall!

4. Themed Cafés

The feverish craze for cutesy cartoon characters seemed to have translated to widespread popularity in their themed cafes as well.

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When Hello Kitty Café first opened at Changi Airport in May, more than 100 people waited to enter, queuing for two hours or more just to get inside.

Sounds long? Wait till we get to Pokemon.

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At Pokemon Cafe’s first opening, which was also in May, fans of Pokemon had to wait for as long as 5 hours just to enter the café.

Yet the most amazing thing is, 5 hours was not any form of deterrence at all.

The latest themed café to open its doors to customers with much fanfare is the Gudetama Café.

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Queues stretched for up to 2 hours and are expected to remain this way for the upcoming few months at least.

5. Tai Cheong Bakery

Famous for its egg tarts and other pastries, Tai Cheong Bakery, a renowned Hong Kong brand, made its way onto Singapore shores in mid-November.

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With a dine in-concept introduced, it has become common for customers to queue for close to 2 hours to get seats. Yet the crowd just keeps growing.

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At a slightly pricey cost of $1.90 per egg tart, egg tart lovers have no qualms about waiting in line to have a taste of the buttery crust that is all the rage in Hong Kong.

6. Froyo

It all started with Llao Llao, queues were formed for a cup of frozen yogurt with toppings that cost $6.95. With that, new players entered the fray.

Kokopanda serves your regular froyo, but with a twist. It has a new product called Black Yogo Frozen Yoghurt, which is made from edible activated charcoal as well as roasted coconut husk.

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This latest innovation to the frozen yoghurt family has led to long queues for froyo stores once again and it certainly does not look like it’s going to become a dying trend anytime soon.

7. Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant

Unagi may not have caught on with Singaporeans quite as well as some other items on this list, but this sweet Japanese eel looks like it has the potential to become something big.

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Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant opened in October this year to healthy crowds and looks set to maintain its strong customer base. Perhaps it might even become a trend of 2017.

Now that we have looked back on the food trends that got us voluntarily joining long queues in 2016, perhaps it is time to take a step back for a quick reflection. Which of these queues resulted in a new experience and were worth our time?

Come 2017, a host of new food options may take our country by storm. But how many of 2016’s trends will remain? Will froyo continue to evolve in 2017 and become more popular? Will our love for cheese tarts disappear?

Whatever it is, I am sure we can all agree that Singaporeans know no boundaries when it comes to food. The amount of time and money that we are willing to spend on food trends is astounding, but at least we can be comforted that our F&B industry will continue to thrive even in a slowing economy.

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Japan’s BAKE CHEESE TART Opens This Week – All You Need To Know!

The wait is almost over. Japan’s famous BAKE CHEESE TART will finally be serving freshly baked cheese tarts in ION Orchard starting from 29 April 2016 (Friday)!

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Hailing from the land of the best and yummiest dairy products – Hokkaido, BAKE’s signature cheese tart is created by blending three different types of cream cheese together – two from Hokkaido, and one more from France. The three cheeses go so well together that they form a flavour that is unique to BAKE.
Image source: BAKE

But what makes these cheese tarts so delicious (#queuedfortwohours type of delicious) is the two-step baking method which gives it a distinct crunchy yet fluffy texture. The process starts in Hokkaido. Cheese mousse is piped into freshly baked tart crusts. They are then flown to Singapore and freshly baked in the store to complete the process of creating perfect, delectable cheese tarts.

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Since the inception of their first store in Hokkaido back in July 2011, BAKE has sold over 20 million tarts in Japan and its overseas stores including Hong Kong, Seoul, and Bangkok. The Singapore store will be their fifth store outside Japan, and their flagship store for Southeast Asia. They are counting on Singaporeans and the power of social media to spread the word to the rest of the world.

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BAKE is certainly committed to making the best cheese tarts in the world. This is their only product and they pour their heart and soul into perfecting this dessert treat.

BAKE Cheese Tart’s freshly baked cheese tart will be available at ION Orchard starting 29 April 2016.

Each cheese tart will sell for $3.50, and a box of six is priced at $19.50.

BAKE Cheese Tart
Address: ION Orchard, #B4-33, 2 Orchard Turn
Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM

We’re certainly joining the queue on the 29th of April! Will you be joining us? Drop us a comment and let us know!

(Header image credit: Bake Cheese Tart, words by editor)

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Forget Salted Egg Croissant, Cheese Tart Coming Through!

Gone were the days where we had to go all the way to Osaka, Japan to try Pablo’s infamous yakitate cheese tart (baked cheese tarts). Now, we even have our own localised version with salted egg yolk!  So ladies and gentlemen, let’s put salted egg croissants aside and start discovering cheese tarts!

1. Bake Cheese Tart


Originally from Hokkaido, Bake may be the latest tart store in Singapore and they sure know how to bake up a storm. Their signature baked cheese tart is made from two Hokkaido and one French cream cheese variety. The cream cheese, baked to a glorious golden, sits in crispy pastry. This cheese tart has gotten Hong Kong-ers waiting for over two hours just to get a bite of it.

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Apparently, it is Bake’s special double-bake method that makes the tart particularly yummy. The process starts in Japan. First, the crust of the tart is baked, and the cheese is poured into it. Then in Singapore, the tart will be baked for a second time at 200 celsius. If the tart is not baked long enough, it won’t be crunchy. And if the cheese is overbaked, it won’t be in a molten state. It’s all about the skills! Bake Cheese Tart will begin operations at the end of April at ION Orchard.

Bake Cheese Tart
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #B4-33 ION Orchard

2. Prima Deli


For those who enjoyed the salted egg yolk croissant, here is something that will hit you like a crescendo. Local baker Prima Deli has recently launched not one but two types of cheese tarts – Original Lava Cheese Tart and Salted Egg Lava Cheese Tart, at a very reasonable price. It is so popular that their cheese tarts have sold out in an hour.

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3. The Icing Room


Also on the cheese tart bandwagon is The Icing Room with their very cheesy, soft like tofu Original, Tiramisu (not available yet) and Golden Lava (salted egg) Cheese Tarts. What we love about these tarts is the consistency of the texture, so velvety and smooth in your mouth, and the cheesiness is not too over the top.

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If you think one is never enough, they’re currently having a buy 3 get 1 free promotion with each tart priced at $2 (limited quantities available). The cheese tarts are currently available at The Icing Room Nex@Serangoon outlet and will soon be making a debut at BreadTalk. They will also be dishing out their Tiramisu flavoured cheese tarts in the near future.

The Icing Room
Nex@Serangoon, #B2-58/59
Contact number: +65 6634 4486
Operating Hours: Daily, 10am – 9pm

4. Flor Pâtisserie

You know you can always count on Japanese bakeries for drool worthy and ‘so pretty I don’t have the heart to eat’ desserts. To get your artisanal ice cheese tart fix, we highly recommend FLOR Pâtisserie, a Japanese-styled patisserie serving authentic Japanese-inspired French pastry.


You might want to bring some friends along because their cheese tarts are available in 8 different flavours- Original, Earl Grey, Green Tea, Caramel, Chocolate, Orange and Maple (more friends, more chance to try different flavours). And the best part? FLOR’s cheese tarts are almond cookie based, giving extra flavour.

FLOR Pâtisserie
Click here for the outlets

How do you like your cheese tart? Are you a baked cheese tart person or do you like it chilled? Drop us a comment and let us know!

(Header Image source: Bake Cheese Tart)

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