Although it's not the savory Asian treat I've been looking for, I've noticed recently that bubble tea has come to town. If you don't know what it is, bubble tea is a milk tea (now in all kinds of psychedelic colors and flavors) with giant tapioca balls, and you drink it with a super-size straw. Bubble tea was popular in Taiwan in the 90s, then it immigrated to the US in the 2000s, and just when you think the trend is dead, it arrives in Mexico. Kind of like what's happened to high-fructose corn syrup -- when your profits plummet in the US, revive the product in Mexico.
Twice last week I saw advertisements for bubble tea in Mexico City. Original Boba's House will be opening soon on Calle Tamulipas in La Condesa. Another chain, Tapioca Go, is in Plaza Altavista in San Ángel. I'm sort of over the bubble tea thing because it's hard to justify paying $3-4 for tea, but I'll probably go get some just because it's made it this far down the food chain.