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Asian Creations: San Antonio Strengthened Its Love for Eastern Flavors This Year


  • Lauren De Hoyos

This 2017, desserts took a fun turn into playful. Though we still enjoy artful presentations at our favorite fine dining spots, Asian-inspired sweet treats gained lots of traction with the city’s populace. Here’s a quick look at what we’re into these days.

Boba Tea
Though boba or bubble tea is far from new (The New York Time’s hailed it as too mainstream just last year), San Antonians were begging for more of the chewy tapioca ball-filled drinks. Kung Fu Tea, a New York City-based franchise opened a stylish new outpost near La Cantera (7211 Green Glen Drive, 210-239-5333, kungfutea.com). Catering to students and families alike, the shop carries a wide collection of classic teas, milk teas, slushes and punch teas and a handful of seasonal specials. Down the road on De Zavala, Snowflake Paradice (12730 I-10 W., Suite 303, 210-465-7041) brought in rainbow tea with colorful jellies and the addition of a second shaved ice shop (Snopioca opened early in 2016 off Babcock). The last opening this year goes to Brew’s Lee Tea (4009 Broadway, brewsleetea.com) opened by Frances Lee. The shop, an über cute locale perfect for hanging with friends or zoning out with their teensy Zen gardens is bright and modern. The tea menu features your choice of dairy or non-dairy milks, coffee jellies or tapioca pearls and they even allow you to tinker with the sugar content with varying degrees of sweetness. Try a split cup for more flavors or be amazed by the glowing Kalamasi tea that changes colors once combined.

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