When you’re on the road a lot, you find that people send you links and Facebook videos of places they think you should visit. Sometimes, those things are great. Sometimes, they’re in a completely different country than you are. And sometimes, they’re so weird you just can’t ignore it.
That was the case when I went to New York City. My mother, knowing my proclivity for seeking out odd local foods and desserts in particular, sent me a Facebook video of people shaking cheesecakes. As it turns out, there was an actual reason for the shaking of the cheesecakes.
Indeed, much like myself after eating my way through the Big Apple, these cheesecakes jiggle. That was just too good to pass up, so I went and found one for myself.
The jiggle cheesecake, as I’ve been calling it, is better known as Japanese cheesecake. Even though it’s Japanese, I found a bakery in Chinatown that sold them. I very happily made my purchase and went on my way, looking for a bit of privacy to carry out my own cheesecake-shaking experiments. (In my experience, these things can easily get out of hand.)
If we’re being honest, I’m not much of a cheesecake person. A small piece goes a long way with me, so I wasn’t all too sure about buying a whole cake for myself. But, when in doubt, buy the cake.
Despite not being crazy about cheesecake, I loved the Japanese-style cheesecake. It’s less cheesy and more cakey than normal cheesecake – and who doesn’t love a nice fluffy cake? The cakes jiggle due to the fluffy nature of the cake. The air bubbles that form during baking cause the cake to poof upward instead of hunkering down in almost pie-like fashion, as American-style cheesecakes do. Also, it contains less sugar than an American-style cheesecake, making it a titch less sweet. You know what that means: You can eat a bigger piece!
Where to find Japanese Cheesecake:
Where: I found mine at Keki Modern Bakery in Chinatown. The address is 79 Mott St, New York, NY 10013.
Price: The basic Japanese cheesecake costs $13 at Keki’s.
Hours: Keki’s is open daily!
- Monday through Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM
- Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 9 PM
- Delivery hours: Noon to 6 PM every day
Website: You can check out the Keki Modern Bakery website here.
Already in NYC?: They’re on Grubhub!
Feeling adventurous?: You can try your hand at making a Japanese cheesecake by following a recipe like the one here. Disclaimer: I haven’t tried the recipe myself, but the result looks like what I had in NYC!