Avocado Shake (Sinh To Bo)

Avocado Shake (Sinh To Bo) Recipe

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.

Avocado Smoothie with Picture


Yields: 6 servings

4 (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.

Sweetened Condensed Milk Picture

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: Jacqueline Pham on October 30, 2009.


[-] Avocado is Good! - Guest-RockyGarcia
Avocado is a great fruit. It is also good for shake. We usually use avocado as the meat for shake mixed with crushed ice, syrup and fresh milk or evaporated milk.

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[ Posted at 4:52 AM on 10/31/09 | Reply ]
[-] WOW. - Guest-weareneverfull
wow - thick and creamy. i would probably need a nap after ingesting this!

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[ Posted at 8:25 AM on 10/31/09 | Reply ]
that looks so good! i've been wanting to try avocado shakes for a long time now...i need to make yours as soon as i have access to a blender.

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[ Posted at 2:42 PM on 10/31/09 | Reply ]
[-] Avocado Shake (Sinh To Bo) - Guest-OysterCulture
This does indeed look sinfully rich, but you only live once. I have got to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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[ Posted at 8:57 AM on 11/1/09 | Reply ]
[-] Live Laugh Eat - Guest-AllieLiveLaughEat
Mmmm I really want to try this!! I love avocados!

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[ Posted at 5:28 PM on 11/1/09 | Reply ]
[-] Blogger of the Week - Guest-Cristy
Hi Jackie!

Your delicious recipe has been voted recipe of the week on the Avocados from Mexico site. Check it out at www.avocadofiesta.com! We will link to your site until next Monday. Thanks for the tasty recipe.


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[ Posted at 1:32 PM on 11/2/09 | Reply ]
[-] Avocado Shake (Sinh To Bo) - Guest-CinnamonQuill
Wow! I am enthralled with the idea of an avocado shake. You never fail to amaze me with your unique mix of recipes; well done! And lucky you, you have a Vitamix!

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[ Posted at 1:58 PM on 11/2/09 | Reply ]
[-] Avocado Shake (Sinh To Bo) - Guest-MarcNoRecipes
I've seen this on menus at Vietnamese restaurants and have always been curious given that I love avocados and sweetened condensed milk. Now I'm defiantly going to have to order it the next time I see it.

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[ Posted at 8:52 PM on 11/2/09 | Reply ]
[-] Avocado Shake - Guest-MrsL
My mom has been wanting an Avocado shake for months. She remembers them when she lived in the Philippines. I made her an avocado pie which she loved, but now I must make her this shake!

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[ Posted at 4:22 PM on 11/4/09 | Reply ]
[-] delicious - Guest-Dawn
great recipe. i sub'd hemp milk for the soy milk and used dates and agave to sweeten. thick, dreamy and delicious, thank you!
[ Posted at 8:03 AM on 7/31/11 | Reply ]
[-] Sinh To Bo - Guest-Thuy
Thank you and that is nice of you to share your skills in cooking.

Would you please so me how to make vietnamese cold cut? Banh mi thit nguoi (like the one in Banh mi Ba Le)?
[ Posted at 10:50 AM on 7/1/12 | Reply ]
[-] Yum! - Guest-Huxley
I always hate reading through the comments of recipes only to find people who think the recipe looks good, but haven't actually tried it for themselves. Verdict is... you absolutely have to try this!

I love avocados and I completely adore this avocado shake. It's very simple to make and tastes even better than it looks. Go for it already!
[ Posted at 4:56 PM on 9/4/12 | Reply ]
[-] Re:yum - Guest-Huxley
(No offense to those of you who wrote how they were going to try it. Enthusiasm for a recipe is always good too, just doesn't help for those on the border of wanting to try it. ;) )
[ Posted at 4:58 PM on 9/4/12 | Reply ]
[-] Avocado Shake (Sinh To Bo) - Guest-kimpham
Jacqueline, I made avocado smoothie every other day. To cut down the calories, I use one Anjou pear, almond milk & agave syrup (if you happen to plant stevia, a few stems of stevia will help sweeten the smoothie), instead of condensed milk. I love to add a few leaves of pepper mint for a fresh test and a hand full of spinach to give the smoothie a beautiful green color!

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[ Posted at 8:03 AM on 7/19/13 | Reply ]

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