Papaya Smoothie Recipe (Sinh To Du Du)

Papaya Smoothie Recipe (Sinh To Du Du) Recipe

Sinh tố đu đủ literally translates in Vietnamese to papaya (đu đủ) vitamin (sinh tố). I've made sinh tố in the past with creamy avocado, but I got my hands on a beautiful papaya, so I made this version instead. You can also make many variations of the Vietnamese drink such as jackfruit, durian or mango depending on what you have on hand. The usual sweetener is sweetened condensed milk. You can blend the fruit with either yogurt, soy milk, regular cow's milk, coconut milk or coconut water.

I love wandering through ethnic markets. They're a great place to find interesting ingredients to develop new recipes. This weekend, my husband Lulu and I went to Mi Pueblo supermarket in East Palo Alto after a trip to the nearby Home Depot. Along with the beautifully ripe papaya, which reminded us of our last trip to Cancun, I found nopales (cactus), exotic banana varieties and the best horchata I’ve had in a long time. On top of that, the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. I’m definitely going back for more great Mexican ingredients.


Yields: 6 servings

1 ripe papaya
1 quart ice cubes, crushed
2-½ cups soy milk (or any other milk), as needed (depending on how you like the consistency of your shake)
½ cup coconut water, up to 1 cup
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk (or honey), to taste
6 fresh mint leaves, for garnish


Peel the papaya. Cut it in half lengthwise. Remove and discard the seeds. Cut into cubes.

In a blender, combine all the ingredients until very smooth.

Pour into 6 glasses. Finish with a drizzle of condensed milk and garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Decorate with a bubble tea fat straw.



I used Thanh Son soy milk to make the sinh tố drink authentic. This soy milk doesn't taste anything like the one in supermarkets. Make sure you buy sweetened soy milk; the unsweetened version is quite tasteless. If you live in the Bay Area, you have to try it. It's freshly made daily. Thanh Son's main shop is on 2857 Senter Road, San Jose. They recently expanded the main store. I also get Thanh Son fresh firm tofu there.

If you find coconut water to be too rich, you can replace it with more soy milk.

I use Longevity Brand sweetened condensed milk. You can easily find it in Asian stores. Well, at least it's very easy to find it in California. I find the sweetness of the condensed milk gives a good balance to the shake.

I use the Vitamix  blender. It's really powerful; it crushes ice into sno-cones ice almost instantly. It's perfect for smoothies. Just make sure there is some amount of liquid so the motor doesn't burn. 

If you're vegan, you can substitute another sweetener instead of condensed milk.

You can pair sinh tố drink with a Vietnamese dessert.

You could also make a cà phê sữa nóng with the remaining condensed milk, which is also a typical Vietnamese drink.

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on May 10, 2011.


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