CRAVINGS ARE THERE TO BE SATISFIED. 等待被满足的味蕾.
I think I found the best cheese cake in town. It took me five years of tasting, exploring, dining out and taking pictures, but I made it. It’s Sweet Tooth Cafe‘s chocolate cheesecake. Yum. It’s creamy, indulgent, rich and soft. And I went to the small cafe to meet the mastermind behind it – Mei, from Sydney, who got to Beijing almost 10 years ago, and has been baking delicious cakes since.
我认为我找到了全北京最好吃的芝士蛋糕。我足足花了五年的时间来不停地试吃，发掘，品尝，拍照，但我终于找到了。那就是Sweet Tooth Café的巧克力芝士蛋糕。美味极了。它奶油味十足，口感丝滑又柔软。我在这家精致小巧的咖啡店见到了Sweet Tooth的幕后英雄 – Mei，她来自悉尼，大概十年前搬到了北京，从此开始了她的美味蛋糕烘焙之旅。
With a contagious smile, Mei told me more about her Beijing adventure, and how she is determined to make Beijing a better place by serving comfortable food in a no-frills environment. As we talked more and more, I got to know how this inseparable duo, Mei + her partner George, is working really hard to make the cake magic happen every day.
Are you a Sweet Tooth?
I definitely have a big sweet tooth. I am a big foodie in general. I guess I got this aspect of my personality from my mum – she has the biggest sweet tooth I know. A lot of our customers ask if I get sick of being completely surrounded with desserts, but honestly I still have regular cravings. The best part about having Sweet Tooth is that I can easily satisfy these cravings.
绝对是啊。总体来说我是个美食控。我觉得这一点遗传自我的母亲 －－她是我所知道的最喜欢吃甜食的人。很多顾客都好奇，我每天被甜点所包围会不会有所厌倦，但老实说，我时不时还会馋得不得了呢。拥有Sweet Tooth最好的一点就是我可以很容易满足对甜食的渴望。
How did you end up in Beijing?
It was my dad who actually encouraged me to come to Beijing to learn the language and experience the culture. He saw the abundance of opportunities here so after I graduated university around 10 years ago I got on the plane and I’ve been here ever since. I found an interesting environment and the possibility to make my dream come true.
What started as a made-to-order online business ended up being a cafe in the heart of Beijing. How did the relationship with your customers change when you opened the shop?
Having a physical location has changed our relationship with our customers dramatically. We originally started as an online business but it was only George, my partner, who met our customers as he was our delivery guy. I could never really put a name to a face, so it did limit the extent of developing a better relationship with our customers. Now that we have a store front we have the time to develop a more personal relationship with all our customers. We get to know them on a first name basis and even hang out with them when we can find the time. It’s exciting!
What’s your favourite cake?
Cheesecakes, hands down are my favourite. I’m obsessed with cheesecakes. I love them so much I have a category dedicated just to cheesecakes.
Is there any other bakery in the world you look at for inspiration?
Honestly that is a tough question because I think I get inspired in so many ways. Although,= I have to say I really love this place called Planet Cake back home [in Sydney, Australia]. They specialise in customised fondant cakes. A few years ago, I took a few of the cooking classes they host to get a feel of it. What they do is just beyond amazing.
What’s your dream for the future?
I would really love to expand Sweet Tooth and build up on the whole café. It would be amazing if we could open up more locations around Beijing. Also, offering custom made fondant cakes is something I’ve been itching to do. I want everyone to think Sweet Tooth when they want to satisfy their sweet and savoury tooth!
我希望可以开更多家分店并扩大Sweet Tooth的规模。如果能在北京开更多的分店就太好了。还有我一直想做量身定制的翻糖蛋糕。我的梦想就是当大家想吃甜品时，她们就会想到Sweet Tooth！
What’s the most versatile ingredient for cakes, and why?
Chocolate! It is absolutely amazing what you can do with this one ingredient. You can use it to make a range of desserts from cakes to mousse to truffles, create frostings and use them for decorations. The sky is the limit when it comes to chocolate.
巧克力！这种配料能带给你太多的惊喜了。你可以用它做各种各样的甜点 – 蛋糕，慕斯或者松露，也可以用它做糕点上的糖霜，或者别的装饰。巧克力的用途真的太多了。
You already know how I’m always inspired by talented people who work hard to realise their dreams. And Mei is definitely one of them. She started Sweet Tooth with a mission to introduce and share new taste experiences with Beijing’s multicultural crowd.
They only use the best local and imported ingredients, and George and Mei are always at the cafe, ready to welcome you with a warm smile and, why not, a slice of fantastic cheese cake.
Il cheesecake e’ decisamente una delle mie torte preferite, e Mei, australiana di Sydney, ha perfezionato la sua ricetta in anni ed anni di tentativi – il risultato e’ una torta buonissima, ricca, una vera delizia. Ma Mei non si accontenta. Da un paio d’anni ha aperto un piccolo bar e, insieme al sup partner George, ogni giorno offre ai visitatori panini, crepes, insalate e caffe’. Perché, lei dice, la sua missione e’ imporsi come punto di riferimento per i foodies di Pechino. In bocca al lupo!
For the chat with Mei at the Sweet Tooth Cafe I was delighted to wear:
jeans shirt 牛仔衬衫: Uniqlo
pink skirt 粉色裙子: H&M
tennis shoes 网球鞋: Superga
sunglasses 太阳镜: Fendi
earrings and bracelets 耳环和手镯: vintage 复古
nail color 甲油: OPI Coca-cola Red
The picture at Sweet Tooth Cafe was taken with my Sony NEX-5T.
在Sweet Tooth Café的照片由我的索尼NEX-5T拍摄。
For all the other pictures, special thanks to Meilian Tan.
Translation by Vivian Zhou.