Uncle Tetsu’s Cheese Cake

Once I completed my thirty days of Chinese postpartum confinement (zuo yuezi), restrictions on staying indoors and resting have started to ease up.  I still need my daily Nana-nap, but I am now starting to return to the real world.  But we waited until baby was nearly six weeks old before we began introducing him to too many people, due mainly to a superstition about babies not going out for the first forty days.  As it has been hot and humid outside, it has actually seemed like a good idea to keep him inside to avoid potential heat stroke.  We could of course have taken him out for a stroll to enjoy the cool of the evening air, but as it is currently ghost month that would have been an even greater transgression.

So since hitting key ‘we are all safe now’ milestones last week, we have begun to get social again.  We took baby out twice to introduce him to groups of friends, and have entertained a series of visitors.  Which in part explains why I have not written quite as many blog posts lately.  But at least I have fresh inspiration by way of something less healthy than confinement food — namely cake.

I love the way that Taiwanese friends always bring some rare or unique gourmet treat when they come visiting.  There always seems to be a story about where they bought it or why the food item is special.  The latest offering of Uncle Tetsu’s Cheese cake is from Mr Taiwanxifu’s cousin and her boyfriend; her man queued up at the immensely popular outlet near the Taipei Main Railway station for hours to procure this freshly baked cheesecake.

The pizza-like cheese cake box

Uncle Tetsu’s Cheese cake produces Japanese style cheese cake (perhaps one of my readers will know whether this is actually a Japanese chain or a Taiwanese company).   The texture is light and fluffy rather than dense and thick like American-style baked cheesecakes.  Many Japanese-style cheese cakes (and Taiwanese imitations) tend to be so floaty they are more like a sponge, but you can still taste the cheese in this cake despite its fluffiness.  Still, it was so deceptively light that I was almost convinced that it did not contain any calories.

Each smallish cheesecake comes packaged in a cute pizza-like box and wrapped in translucent material.  When you open the fabric it reveals a cute cartoon ‘Uncle Tetsu’ character branded onto the cake.  This elicited cries of ‘too cute’, or rather ‘好可愛’.

Uncle Tetsu’s is at level one of the Taipei Main railway station (台北火車站微風一樓價位).  Their six-inch cakes costing NT$199 each are baked on the premises and they only sell them as they are made.  Demand at their Taipei store exceeds supply, which explains the long queue.  And since Taiwanese tend to gravitate towards things that are popular, the more people line up for the cheese cake the more people want to line up to get it.  It was deliciously moist and airy, but I must admit that I am not sure if I would have the patience to wait that long in the name of cake.  But thankfully for me my husband’s, cousin’s, boyfriend did not mind waiting.  I can’t wait to taste their wedding cake.

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About taiwanxifu

‘Taiwanxifu’ (pronounced ‘shee foo’) means ‘Taiwan daughter-in-law’ in Chinese and has been my nickname ever since I married my Taiwanese husband, Sam. I love sampling Taiwanese food, even local specialties such as stinky tofu, pigs blood cake and Taipei beef noodle soup with offal. But there are many other options on the menu. Promise!
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4 Responses to Uncle Tetsu’s Cheese Cake

  1. Wendy Su-Cole says:

    My mom makes this type of cheesecake. It is really good isn’t it?!

    • taiwanxifu says:

      Yes, this type of cheese cake is surprisingly good. It is a different type of cake from say a New York style baked cheesecake. It is much lighter and daintier. I have heard they are a bit fiddly to make. You Mum is obviously a very talented good.

  2. Wendy Su-Cole says:

    My mom LOVES to cook!!! She makes all the traditional Taiwanese dishes and then some.

    I love reading your blog. Makes me drool reading about all the dishes you get to eat and the dishes your post partum nanny made. My mom made me so of the same dishes when I had my son.

    I am trying that Nashi pear dish you described. I’ve had this nasty cough for over a month now. Hopefully it works.

    • taiwanxifu says:

      Lucky you growing up with such a good cook. Which dishes did you eat when doing zuo yuezi? Did you find zuo yuezi worked for you?

      I find that the steamed nashi pears do work for a persistent cough. Some people like to add ‘chuan bei’ powder to it before steaming, but I find the liquid soothing enough as it is.

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