It’s been a “thing” for years and now Mount Dora is finally joining the party.
Authentic boba tea, also called "black pearl tea" or "bubble tea," will be making its debut downtown in March with the opening of Magic Tea Market. Boba tea, originally created in Taiwan in the mid-1980s, is a sweet, frothy, cold drink made with tea, sweetened milk and “pearls” made from ingredients like tapioca and fruit jelly. Contrary to the name, there are actually no bubbles in the popular beverage.
RELATED: New eateries coming to Mount Dora's Renaissance Building Enthusiasts and the adventurous can try various flavors of bubble teas including milk teas, oolong, matcha, brown sugar milk tea, as well as Magic Tea's signature tea topped with a tiramisu puffed cream. The new shop will also whip up a slushes with cheese foam, speciality fruit teas and a dragon berry fruit smoothie topped with vanilla ice cream, and other decadent drinks.
Those who aren’t big tea fans can try the soft serve matcha and vanilla ice cream with housemade waffle cones, or opt for containers of traditional Japanese red bean ice cream and other flavors. Customers looking for a nosh can choose from a variety of imported savory and sweet snacks imported from the Far East.
Magic Tea's owner is a familiar face locally. Ling Jiang and her husband also own the popular Momiji Japanese restaurant in Eustis near Sorrento. The couple is still working on the market's menu and snack options, but anticipates Magic Tea to open by the end of March on 4th Avenue between Alyson A Bakeshop and Wolf Branch Brewing. Stay tuned to Mount Dora Buzz’s Facebook page for an opening date.
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