Sunday, March 25, 2007
Updated from the archives December 15, 2009: This past summer, my childhood friend asked where I go for Sinh To Bo (Vietnamese Avocado Shakes). I told her I heard Mr. Baguette's are pretty popular. Umm, no, she said. Well, I don't usually buy them, I make them. I told her I'd make her one if she brought me avocados, condensed milk, and ice. And so she did. :P
New photos and intro, but below is the original post.
The other night while I was boiling the noodles for pho bo (Vietnamese beef noodle soup), lil' sis's best friend asked if he could snack on an avocado while we were waiting. When I suggested he make an avocado smoothie to go with the pho, he said he had never heard of it before.
Lil' sis said he shouldn't have said that. Because, of course, the minute he said he had never had a Vietnamese avocado shake, I had to make him one.
Sinh To Bo (Vietnamese Avocado Shake)
For 2 milkshakes, you'll need:
1 cup ice cubes
1 tblsp or more, condensed milk
In blender, puree 1 avocado, about 1 cup of ice cubes, and as much condensed milk as you'd like. Or if you don't have condensed milk on hand, substitute with soy milk or any milk of your choice, Splenda or sugar or any other sweetener.
Last summer in Vietnam, every late afternoon, my cousin and I always took a smoothie break. I alternated between multiple glasses of freshly pressed sugarcane juice, an avocado shake, and a tomato shake.
I wouldn't suggest full glasses of the avocado shake and a big bowl of pho all in one sitting though. We were all stuffed to the gills in a food coma afterward.
And it's time to visit our eek-inspiring old photos. Eek indeed!