Hadn’t gone in JB for quite some time so Hubby and I took the day off to go eat and shop. The currency exchange rate at the moment (RM316 <-> SGD100) is just outrageously good. I can’t help but compare prices between SG and MY all the time now and then I’ll think twice whether to buy something from here or there ‘cos everything in SG is so darn expensive! ?
Anyway, I think I’ve mentioned before in an earlier post that whenever I’m in JB, I’ll always buy the egg tarts from Season Bakery at City Square Mall. Didn’t do so this time as I saw new products in store – JAPANESE CHEESE TARTS! Can never resist that and yes, I just had to buy a box back to try.
On the same note, I’m just wondering why most cheese tart boxes are in the same yellow colour? Just because cheese is yellow? Or they all use the same supplier? Really need to be more innovative than this – otherwise all these bakeries’ attempts to jump on the cheese tart bandwagon just seem to be acts of copycatting without sustainable value especially if the tarts are just well, you know, mediocre. Shame but there’re just too many of such. ?
Each tart from Season Bakery was priced at RM3.80 and there was a Buy 5 Get 1 Free promo which worked out to be RM19 (approx. SGD6) for a box of 6 tarts. An absolute steal.
I got the (from bottom in clockwise direction) Japanese Chocolate Cheese Tart, Japanese Green Tea Cheese Tart and Japanese Cheese Tart with Salted Egg. Unfortunately, the original flavour one wasn’t available so couldn’t get to try it – next time then!
The tart crust was like a biscuit. Slightly crunchy and rather thick. Didn’t taste much butter flavour in it.
The Salted Egg one was pretty good. Could taste the salted egg flavour that wasn’t too overpowering so it was a perfect balance of cheese and salted egg that complemented each other very well.
The Chocolate tart was very rich and chocolatey which would be ideal for all the chocolate lovers out there. On the sweeter side but still a delicious combination.
I probably enjoyed the Green Tea tart most because the green tea aroma really stood out and it sort of masked that cloying cheese flavour in the mouth (after having 2 cheese tarts beforehand). There were even adzuki/red beans in the filling that lent an extra texture.
Overall, the custard filling was thicker and denser than other tarts I had tried previously. They tasted most ordinary when eaten at room temperature. However, if you warm them up in the oven, they would turn slightly molten in the centre. I thought they tasted best when eaten chilled/frozen because the cheesy notes were amplified and the consistency of the filling resembled that of ice cream.
Get one box and try different ways to enjoy the tarts. See which one you like. 😉
Season Bakery @ Johor Bahru City Square
Lot J2-38, Level 2
Jalan Wong Ah Fook
80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
Tel: +60 7 221 7612
Opening hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm daily