MoMo Tea on South U closed for a remodel and reopened as Sweetology. The entrees and most of the savories are gone, replaced by an elaborate and exotic dessert menu of the sort popular in Hong Kong. Irene Zhang, who owns the cafe with her husband, Aaron Li, says they’ve upgraded the tea–“it’s stronger, more ingredients, more tea leaves.” Original, British-style milk teas, milk-tea smoothies, and flavored lemonades are all available with or without tapioca “bubbles.”
Asian desserts don’t always align with Western tastes, but Zhang says that “Americans are really getting the mango thing, like mango and sweet balls and mango sago cream and pomelo–they really like the texture of that one.” Farther off the grid–to pick a few of the more radical off the long menu–papaya and grass jelly, durian and black sticky rice, and red bean and sago taro balls. Many of the desserts clock in at $7 or $8, but at the counter are plastic models of many of them, so you can at least see them before taking the plunge.
Sweetology, 1213 South University, 213-3300. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Sat. noon-11:30 p.m., Sun. noon-10:30 p.m. mymomotea.com