By Dinna Vasquez
There is cheesecake as we know it and there is Japanese cheesecake, which is less dense than the traditional version, meaning it’s lighter and fluffier.
Kumori, a Nagoya-based bakery, is known for its Signature Hanjuku Cheese, which is half-baked and individually wrapped. Each bite is soft and velvety with just the right amount of sweetness that the Japanese have perfected.
The Relish Group, which owns Wee Nam Kee and Osaka Osho in the Philippines, has opened two Kumori stores at the basements of Landmark department store and SM Makati.
Linfred Yap, managing partner at The Relish Group, says not many Filipinos knew about Kumori when they first came here.
“They would look at the store, buy a cheesecake and eat it on the spot. More often than not, they would buy a box to take home. Many of our customers are regulars who come here just to buy the cheesecake, which also has a chocolate flavor.”
Also very popular among Filipinos are the Toyohashi Pudding in single serve cups (the original variant tastes like a crème brulee), and Krone, a Danish pastry that’s filled with vanilla custard.
Those who like savory breads can try the Salmon Bonito, which has a salmon filling drizzled with teriyaki sauce and sprinkled with bonito flakes, or the Parmesan Cheese Bun.
The bakery also sells whole cakes including Tofu Cheesecake, Light Double Cheesecake and Saku-Saku Chocolate Cake.
All the ingredients used by Kumori, except the eggs, are imported from Japan. Everything, according to Linfred, is made from scratch.
Linfred says Kumori in the Philippines will offer more breads and pastries in the future. In November, Kumori will open a 100-square-meter outlet in SM North Edsa where people can sit and enjoy sandwiches and other light savory fare aside from cakes and pastries.
To know more about Kumori in the Philippines, go to https://www.facebook.com/kumoriph.