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The gunpowder tea at Ba Le

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Updated: April 14, 2014 4:49PM

Jasmine tea — as fragrant and luxurious as it is — can take you only so far. When you need more firepower you will be glad you have gunpowder tea in your arsenal. The version at Ba Le cafe ($2) alternates between grassy and smoky, and stands up nicely to the cafe’s spice- and heat-tinged banh mi sandwiches, or the perfectly salty chao tom pork and shrimp cake appetizer. Order your gunpowder iced and it also manages to be refreshing. Ba Le, 5014 N. Broadway.

—Michael Austin

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