It’s been a “thing” for years now and Mount Dora is finally joining the party.
Authentic bubble tea, also called "black pearl tea" or "boba tea," will be making its debut downtown in early 2021 with the opening of Magic Tea. Bubble tea, originally created in Taiwan in the mid-1980s, is a sweet, frothy, cold drink made with various flavors of iced teas, sweetened milk and “pearls” made from ingredients like tapioca and fruit jelly. Contrary to the name, there are actually no bubbles.
RELATED: New eateries coming to Mount Dora's Renaissance Building Enthusiasts and the adventurous can try various flavors of bubble teas including fruit teas, boba milk tea, 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 matcha latte with cheese foam, 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 Japanese cakes, candy, and snacks to eat in or carry out.
Magic Tea's owner is a familiar face locally. Ling Jiang and her husband also own the popular Momiji sushi restaurant in nearby Sorrento. The couple is still working on the shop's menu and snack options, but anticipates Magic Tea to open by the end of February 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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