Frugal Friday at MO MO Tea - refreshing drinks, shaved ice won't break your budget
Mary Bilyeu | Contributor
Ever since summer officially began, temperatures have risen in accordance with the calendar. People have complained about the heat, complained about the humidity, complained about how the humidity makes the heat worse ... sigh.
So when I met my good friend Carolyn at MO MO Tea, a traditional Taiwanese tea house, this week on a day that reached the very high-80s with threats of storms, we immediately decided upon the "Fantastic Shaved Ice." Although I would ordinarily be overwhelmed by a menu that offers more than 100 options, this was just too easy. But then we found out that there were decisions still to be made in terms of toppings and other items to complement the ice.
A very friendly and helpful server at the counter explained the concept to us: you get to pick three flavored items - boba (bubble tea tapioca bubbles), aloe, coconut jelly (jelly = gelatin), aiyu jelly, grass jelly, coffee jelly, green bean, red bean, taro, pudding, pineapple, or peach - which are placed in the bottom of the bowl. These are covered with a mound of ice, and then you get to choose a topping flavor from mango, green mango, kiwi, peach, strawberry, passion fruit, honeydew, pineapple, and green apple. Whew! We were offered tastes, we debated a bit more, and then we made our choices.
Mary Bilyeu | Contributor
The fantastic shaved ice was, indeed, a fantastic treat on such a hot day, cold and refreshing. We had planned to try other menu items, to offer a selection of frugal choices, but the ice was more than sufficient. Many, many items at this bright place, which also stocks cute and cuddly stuffed animals in the back of the shop, meet our very tight budgetary constraints.
Smoothies cost $3.95, FrosTea is $4.50, juices and lemonades are available for $3; and there are even some entrees, such as Minced Pork Rice, which can be enjoyed for $4.50. Snacks range in price from $2.75 for three Taiwanese Tea Eggs to $3.95 for Deep-Fried Squid Balls to $4.95 for two Fried Green Onion Pancakes.
A perfect place to stop on a hot day, or at any time that you just need a break and a bit of refreshment, MO MO Tea is definitely worth a visit.
MO MO Tea
1213 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Sunday - Thursday: Noon - Midnight
Friday and Saturday: Noon - 1 a.m.
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