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Malaysia's Insanely Popular Baked Three-Cheese Tarts Are Coming to Queensland

Say hello to the Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart.
By Matt Abotomey
June 07, 2017
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Malaysia's Insanely Popular Baked Three-Cheese Tarts Are Coming to Queensland

Say hello to the Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart.
By Matt Abotomey
June 07, 2017
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We know. We've all done it. Home alone with a block of cheddar, a few scraps of brie and a lone Kraft Single. It all seemed so promising. When your mum/housemate/significant other returned, though, the truth became apparent. You'd made a cheese quagmire in your microwave, hadn't you? Hadn't you.

Fortunately, the guys behind PappaRich, the ST Group, are now getting set to help you realise all of your cheese dreams without the weird kitchen smell three weeks later — they're bringing Malaysian chain Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart to Brisbane. With multiple stores in Kuala Lumpur and other areas of the country — plus a handful in Melbourne and Sydney, as of last year — the cheese tart connoisseurs will expand to open not one, but five Australian stores by the end of the year — four in Melbourne and one in Sydney. And now, they're heading for Pacific Fair early July.

Their namesake is the cornerstone of their offering: a savoury-sweet three-cheese situation encased in a shortcrust shell, designed to be eaten either hot or cold. The cheese, while made with local produce, is based on the distinct taste and texture of the dairy products of Hokkaido. The Japanese island is known for their dairy — it produces half of Japan's total milk and a huge 90 percent of their natural cheese — and HBCT have worked tirelessly to replicate it. Malaysia has gone nuts for it, and Melbourne and Sydney have jumped firmly on board; people have been queuing out the door to get their hands on one (or 12).

For those of you interested in more than just shovelling ludicrous amounts of cheese and pastry down, the tarts themselves will apparently be "displayed like precious gems, much like an elegant high-end jewellery shop". We're waiting for a self-serve option that makes you feel like you're committing a diamond heist.

HBCT is planning to open further stores in QLD, however Pacific Fair is currently the only confirmed location.

Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart will open at Shop No. K1017, Ground Level, Pacific Fair in early July 2017. For more info and to look out for an opening date, keep an eye on their Facebook page

Images: Tim Grey.

Published on June 07, 2017 by Matt Abotomey

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