Kung Fu Tea’s Pineapple Slush is a refreshingly tropical match for a hot summer day. CONTRIBUTED BY ANGELA HANSBERGER
Pineapple Slush at Kung Fu Tea
It’s all about customization at Kung Fu Tea. Choose the cup size, tea, amount of ice, toppings like the fresh made boba bubbles or a cream cap, even the amount of sweetness in your drink. For a light, hydrating frosty delight, opt for the Pineapple Slush. This golden sunshine in a cup virtually summons cool ocean breezes and sandy shores with tropical flavor. Kick up the tropics a notch with a layer of nata jelly, made with coconut pulp. The shop puts a traveling paper cover over each cup and encourages you to kung fu chop a large pointy straw through it. Take that, humidity!
5280 Buford Highway, Doraville. 770-455-8585, kungfutea.com.
Matcha Café Maiko puts 24-karat gold leaf on its matcha soft-serve ice cream. CONTRIBUTED BY ANGELA HANSBERGER
Golden Shogun at Matcha Café Maiko
All that glitters is gold at Matcha Café Maiko. But it’s not all about visual impact with their Golden Shogun matcha cone. Matcha, the finely ground powder of young, freshly harvested green tea leaves, is the purest form of green tea. It adds a transformative earthiness to any dessert. Here, the ice cream is dense, creamy and almost savory tucked into a freshly made waffle cone. They will even swirl it together with vanilla, if you want to sweeten your cone or enjoy a visual contrast. The pièce de résistance is a lacquering of 24-karat gold leaf. It’s Instagram … well, gold.
5306 Buford Highway NE, Doraville. 470-359-3142, matchacafe-maiko.com.
Sweet Spot, newly open in the Peachtree Pavilion Shopping Center in Doraville, specializes in Hong Kong-style fusion desserts. Pictured is the Mix and Match Ice Cream Bowl, which features a couple of scoops of ice cream plus a choice of toppings served in a freshly made bubble waffle. CONTRIBUTED BY ANGELA HANSBERGER
Mix and Match Ice Cream Bowl at Sweet Spot
This new dessert hot (or cool?) spot in Peachtree Pavilion Shopping Center specializes in Hong Kong-style fusion desserts. The place is always abuzz with people lined up for bowls and for the milkshake’s cousin, the fleecy. The showstopper here is an ice cream bowl with a freshly made bubble waffle. The fluffy, almost custardy waffle sits as a backdrop as well as tasty complement to cool, creamy ice cream. Pick two scoops of ice cream and two fruits. Then choose from toppings like gummy bears, Froot Loops cereal or caramel corn. Pick a drizzle and then add-ons like Pocky sticks or mochi balls. Make sure to snap a photo of your clever creation in front of the Hong Kong street scene mural or under the neon signage.
6035 Peachtree Road, Doraville. 678-615-7913, datsweetspot.com.
You can add bouncy boba to the new trend of sweet and savory Cheese Foam Tea at Sweet Hut. CONTRIBUTED BY ANGELA HANSBERGER
Cheese Foam Tea at Sweet Hut
Cheese Foam Tea began as a beverage sensation at night markets in Taiwan and has made its way to the U.S. It’s not actually brewed cheese, but rather brewed black or green tea with a foamy topping made with cream cheese, milk and a sprinkle of salt. The tangy cream overlay makes for a full-bodied experience. The tea mixture in your mouth is sweet like boba tea but with a creamy, savory finish. Unlike boba teas, the trick is to not use a straw, but to tip the cup at a 40-degree angle to sip both tea and the foamy top layer. If cheesecake came in liquid form, it would drink much like this.
Various locations. Sweethutbakery.com.
Mix together the rainbow layers of halo-halo, a traditional Filipino treat that features ube (purple yam) ice cream and is sold at Filipino market Manila Mart on Buford Highway in Doraville. CONTRIBUTED BY ANGELA HANSBERGER
Halo-halo at Manila Mart
Manila Mart is a small grocery offering Filipino delicacies on the shelf and in prepared form. Among them is a traditional sundry called halo-halo. Composed of colorful layers, the cold dessert appropriately translates to “mix-mix” in Tagalog, a dialect of the Philippines. Halo-halo’s topper is vivid purple ube-flavored ice cream flavor made from purple yam, and a couple of scoops cap this cup of cool sweetness. Layers are built upon ube jam and shaved ice made with evaporated milk. The treat could stop here and still be delicious, but the layers go on. Cubes of custardy flan supplement sweetness. Kaong (palm fruit) is spooned on along with nata de coco (coconut gel). Boiled red mung beans and sweetened white beans are then added. There is condensed milk and evaporated milk. A pile of corn flakes is sprinkled on top for a bit of crunchiness. Its layers are pretty, but you know what you have to do: Mix-mix it to taste a little of everything in one bite. It’s creamy, sweet, crispy and savory all at the same time.
5938 Buford Highway NE, Doraville. 678-389-8595, manilamart.business.site.
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