What's The Feature Of Uncle Tetsu's Cheesecakes


The fluffy

wobbly Japanese cheesecake

has taken the world by storm

in the past couple years.

You've never had one quite like this.

Uncle Tetsu's has been selling

the signature dessert in

Japan for over 30 years.

People have been lining

the streets of Times Square

to get a taste at its first

east coast storefront.

- I saw it on social media

and I wondered what it's like.

So I passed them when they first opened,

I saw a huge line.

Waited a few days and I

was like, I have to try it.

So I did and it's really good.

- Uncle Tetsu first opened

up shop in 1985 in Japan

selling jiggly airy fluffy

Japanese cheesecakes.

And since then has sought

to take over the world,

opening up shops in

China, Pakistan, Canada,

and they are finally available right here

on the American east coast.

And of course, the first

shop that they opened up

was right here in Times Square.

So naturally I had to go check it out.

Now, Uncle Tetsu isn't the first

souffle cheesecake in the game.

The concept has been around

since the 70s in Japan.

And in New York alone there are more than

a few bakeries dishing

out wobbly cheesecakes.

But with about 75 shops across Asia,

Uncle Tetsu's is a

household name overseas.

With an airy structure

that melts in your mouth

like cotton candy, these

desserts make for Insta-gold.

Just look at that jiggle.

- [Lisa] And it's all completed

with a signature touch.

- This is Uncle Tetsu's face.

Uncle Tetsu actually looks like this.

I think Uncle Tetsu became

such a global phenomenon

because no matter where

you go people love sweets.

Every culture loves sweets.

Uncle Tetsu's dream was to

always open in New York,

since New York is known for

New York style cheesecake.

He's teaching people and

allowing them to understand

that Uncle Tetsu Japanese

cheesecake is not as dense

and heavy, it's kind of a

fun whimsical type of feeling

that brings out your inner

childhood even as an adult.

- I've always wanted to

try the Japanese cheesecake

that everyone's raving about.

So I decided to come by, and

stop by before I head home.

- [Lisa] What about it drew you in?

- Everything.

The videos of how they

make it, the fluffiness.

- [Lisa] What are you most excited about?

- Trying the first bite.

(laughing)

- [Lisa] A mix of

perfectly fluffy meringue,

and a traditional sour cheesecake,

an Uncle Tetsu's cheesecake begins with

30 eggs whipped to stiff

peak in a giant mixing bowl.

Then the chef gets to

making the cheesecake base,

butter, cream cheese, and milk.

The chef puts on gloves that reach

all the way up to his shoulders,

in order to fold the batter by hand.

After ladling the mixture

into lined cheesecake tins,

the cheesecakes are popped

into the super high-tech ovens

Uncle Tetsu had imported from

Japan for precision baking.

Ensuring perfection

with every single batch.

They're packed up right out of the oven.

But not before each cake

is carefully branded

with the seal of approval,

the jolly uncle himself

smiling back at you.

- Uncle Tetsu's cheesecake

is the best cheesecake

because it's not to

heavy, it's not too light,

it's the perfect balance in a cheesecake.

- It's good.

- Yeah?

- It's so light.

It's so fluffy.

Tastes like a cloud.

- This feels crazy.

It's like stable but it also feels like

it's going to die in my hands.

I'm afraid to hold this it's so...

It's like nothing I've ever held before.

It's like, uh.

I'm gonna put this down now.

It's like dessert and a toy all in one.

My hands are covered in it, but I'm like

also having fun, it's very strange.

Is it weird if I just eat this like this?

No, okay.

- [Man] I think that's

the only way to do it.

- Okay.

Oh my god.

Stop it.

Stop it.

You don't have to chew that.

It just like...

You don't have to chew this at all

it just disintegrates in your mouth.

Oh, this is good.

It's the airiest thing

that I've ever eaten.

This is wild.

It's so light and squishy.

This is food.

This isn't play doh, this is food.

That's nuts.

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