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Osaka / Uncle Rikuro: jiggly cheesecake

April 9, 2019

The world has been talking about Rikuro’s cheesecake for days and my guess it is because Japanese people managed to invent something Americans would have liked to: a tall, jiggly and puffy cheesecake!


In Osaka, there are two historical pastry shops selling cheesecakes: Pablo and Rikuro. Pablo’s one is the most ‘conventional’ with a tick biscuit dough and a firm cheese filling.


As these days we have been stuffing ourselves like pigs - and these shops do not sell their cakes per slice - we decided to put ourselves only in the queue for Rikuro.


A relatively short wait, as cheesecakes are baked no-stop.

Despite its jiggly nature (but you should not imagine anything similar to gelatin), the cheesecake maintains a solid texture even immediately after being taken out of the oven and fire-marked on the top with the smiley face of uncle Rikuro - the marking is accompanied by the festive sound of a bell.


The cake has a strong egg smell and the taste is mild in cheese and not too sweet. The highlight is the presence of a few raisins on the bottom part. 


Personally, not my favorite - used as I am to stronger flavors (as a Sicilian, the ‘cheesecake’ is a dough of white or buckwheat flour with a filling of ricotta cheese) - but always worth to try!





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