Cheesy bites from Japan’s capital
A Japanese dessert shop makes a case for why sweet dreams are made of cheese
Next to chocolate, milk and cheese have always been favored comfort foods, from children sneaking into the kitchen for a midnight snack to harried urbanites taking furtive bites of biscuits inside Japan’s train stations. Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory, a dessert souvenir shop that has ignited a craze across the Japanese capital, reached Manila in a month ago and all stocks were wiped out in under a week. They have recently replenished stocks and are likely to land on local holiday tableaus alongside glasses of wine.
Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory boasts unlikely combinations. Their Salt and Camembert cookie finds the balance between salty and saccharine with its Hokkaido milk, French Guerande salt, Camembert cheese, and white chocolate filling. Their Honey and Gorgonzola variant packs chocolate cream with Gorgonzola cheese, all sandwiched between biscuits tinged with Spanish rosemary honey. Their cheesecake, meanwhile, has gained devoted followers with its light cheese and milk, made with dairy from France and Hokkaido, temptingly layered with crepe. Filipino kids may have found their new comfort food obsessions, and even adults who swear by a holiday diet can sneak in a bite when no one’s looking. Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory. Fashion Hall, SM Megamall. www.facebook.com/tokyomilkcheesefactoryph.