Japanese Cheesecake

cheesecake

School is getting dreadful particularly because lectures are only in the afternoon and I have activities all the way till night, making me so exhausted that I have decided to declare one day of school holiday every week. So today’s my holiday for the week and holidays mean that there’s time to bake 🙂 Found a block of cream cheese lying around in my fridge so I decided to make Japanese cheese cake. I tried it before with Kim last time and it turned out not bad, though the water bath soaked the bottom of our cake >: So this time, I’m doing away with the water bath because I can’t be bothered. The water bath is supposed to prevent cracking on the surface but I don’t really care about appearances as long as the cake tastes good? Hahaha I am obviously not the typical kind of baker.

If you realised, all the stuff that I bake are plain and not decorated, mostly because I like to keep things simple and my taste palate clean. I don’t fancy cupcakes or complicated flavours but rather the classics. Anyway, enough about me and my preferences, here’s the recipe for my Japanese cheesecake! Enjoy 🙂

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Ingredients
250 ml milk
250 gm cream cheese, room temperature
60 gm butter, room temperature
6 egg yolks
55 gm cake flour
20 gm corn flour
1 lemon zest
6 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
130 gm caster sugar

Directions
1. Set up a water bath (boiling pot of water with a bowl above, making sure the bowl does not touch the water).
2. Place milk into the bowl
3. Add cream cheese, stir until completely dissolved and mixture is smooth.
4. Add butter and stir till dissolved.
5. Remove from heat and cool.
6. Add egg yolks and combine.
7. Sift flours into cream cheese mixture. Mix well, ensuring no lumps.
8. Add freshly grated lemon zest.
9. Beat eggs white with cream of tartar and sugar, till stiff peaks.
10. Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into cream cheese mixture. Repeat till all the egg whites are incorporated.
11. Pour into 9 inch baking tin.
12. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until skewer comes out clean.
13. Leave oven door ajar for 10 minutes before taking it out to cool.

Review: Nana’s Green Tea Cafe

I first heard about this cafe on television when they were introducing cafes that made great matcha. Then out of the blue, Sandra asked if I wanted to go try Nana’s so Sandra, Esther and I finally did today. It’s an open concept cafe which makes the already larger cafe seem even larger. Although there were many people during the lunch hour, it was not noisy at all. Throw in the plushy sofas, good food and convenient location, it’s a great place to hang out in if you are near town.

Nana’s has an everyday lunch set for $13.90 which offers a wide variety of choices, from donburis (rice) to hamburgers to udon and includes a drink, matcha and many other teas. It’s a pity their lunch set doesn’t include the unagi don, which would be my top choice, but I was game to try on weird sounding concoctions like their beef tomato curry udon.

Beef Tomato Curry Udon

Beef Tomato Curry Udon

The beef was too fatty for my liking but I guess the fats are unavoidable in sliced beef. The soup was pleasantly not thick with curry sauce and it was perfect in terms of flavour. The cherry tomatoes maintained their form and added this burst of sweetness when eaten with the chewy curry flavoured udon. I was happy that I chose this instead of the boring sukiyaki udon that I almost wanted to pick. It’s a good choice if you always wanted to try what udon would taste like with Japanese curry. You secretly know you want to.

Esther ordered the salmon don which was a rice bowl topped with slices of Salmon sashimi, sprouts and pickled ginger.

Here’s what Esther said about her food,

“Overall the dish was decent but could have done with a lot more flavour. The salmon sashimi was not as fresh as I expected and the heat from the rice, probably affected the taste slightly. The rice was really well-cooked and I liked the combination of sesame seeds in the piping hot rice. The miso soup was nothing to rave about, and I’m pretty sure its simply packet miso mixed with hot water. All in all, the dish was sufficiently filling but lacking in flavor. The sauce provided simply tastes like soy sauce so in the end the dish felt like, salmon sushi, but upsized.”

Sandra ordered the Seafood Mentai Udon which I tried and immediately disliked because of the taste of roe. It permeates the entire thing and made me want to vomit but Sandra loved it.

According to Sandra,

“The Seafood Mentaiko Udon was very unique. The cream sauce was an alarming shade of pink, but not to worry, it tasted much better than it looked! The sauce was closer to a soupy rather than a creamy consistency- almost like a seafood broth. The aroma of the fish roe was very strong, which means it might not be for the fainthearted, but perfect if you like roe.

As for the udon, it was fresh and chewy- the perfect kind of udon! I liked how its taste wasn’t masked by the cream sauce; Nana’s manages to strike a good balance between the noodles and the soup. The seafood consisted of prawns, squid and scallops of above-average size and servings. All in all, it was a dish with lots of well-matched and yummy flavours!”

Each set lunch comes with a drink and we all chose cold Matcha latte! I seldom drink hot Matcha lattes in Singapore because it is already so hot outside. In my opinion, hot Matcha lattes taste the best when you’re in wintry Japan. There are other choices if you dislike sugar and milk, you could order the thin matcha (matcha without milk and sugar) or the azuki latte (red bean latte) or the Hoji tea (roasted green tea) etc.

Cold Matcha Latte

The Matcha Latte was thick and had the appropriate amount of sugar in it. It had a smooth texture that made it so easy to drink, perhaps one glass isn’t enough 😉 I would come back to Nana’s for the Matcha drinks but probably not specially for the food. If you are in town looking for a place to chill and drink Matcha, Nana’s the place.

Nana’s Green Tea Cafe
Plaza Singapura
#03-80
Singapore 048617