Avocado Shake (Sinh To Bo)
Sinh tố bơ is a Vietnamese-style avocado milk shake. In Vietnamese, avocado is called trái bơ, which literally translates to "butter fruit". The name is quite appropriate for this drink, which is sinfully rich. I take heart, no pun intended, in the fact that avocados are so nutritious and are loaded with the healthy kind of fat.
Yields: 6 servings4 (Hass) avocados, ripe
juice of half a lemon (optional)
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
1 quart ice cubes, crushed
1-1/2 cups soy milk, as needed (depending on how you like the consistency of your shake)
1 cup sweetened condensed milk, to taste
Peel the avocados and chop them into cubes. Drizzle lemon juice on the avocados to avoid oxidation. Add honey, if you like.
In a blender, combine all the ingredients until very smooth.
Pour into 8 glasses. Finish with a bubble tea fat straw.
I used Thanh Son soy milk to make sinh tố bơ 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. It's a very little store but everything is very good. I also get Thanh Son fresh firm tofu there.
Some people like to add coconut milk, but I prefer not to. I think it makes the drink excessively rich.
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. If you like it sweeter, add more honey to the avocado mixture.
I use the Vitamix blender. It's rather expensive but so worth it. I got it as a wedding gift, and it's really powerful. It crushes ice into sno-cones ice almost instantaneously. It's perfect for smoothies. Just make sure there is some amount of liquid so that the motor does not burn. Vitamix also carries an additional container just for dry ingredients.
I didn't find it necessary to add any additional sweetener to the shake but I added some raw honey for the kids. I used Manuka honey from New Zealand; I found it at my local store. You can also find it online.
If you're vegan, you can substitute the condensed milk with another sweetener such as honey.
You can pair sinh tố bơ with a Vietnamese dessert.
You can also make a cà phê sữa nóng, which is also a typical Vietnamese drink.Published By: on October 31, 2009.