Sinh To Bo or Vietnamese Avocado Smoothie is a favorite among the Vietnamese community. My mom makes this smoothie on a daily basis. Made with only 4 ingredients, this refreshing drink is super easy to make and is sure to surprise a couple people with its out of this world flavor.
In the Vietnamese community, we love our dessert drinks. From Che Ba Mau to Durian Smoothies, it’s the one way we love to cool down on warm nights. This Vietnamese Avocado Smoothie or Sinh To Bo is a family favorite. To this day, my mom would buy tons of avocados, mix in a little condensed milk, and blend it into a refreshing smoothie. At first, I thought it tasted kind of weird, but after developing and testing this recipe, I finally found the perfect balance of ingredients. Now I’m a fan!
What is Sinh To Bo?
“Sinh To” is the Vietnamese word for smoothie and “Bo” is the Vietnamese word for avocado. It is also known as a Vietnamese avocado shake or Vietnamese avocado milkshake. In the West, we don’t normally see avocados in desserts, but it is pretty common in Vietnam. A similar avocado dessert that you can find is Kem Bo which is an avocado ice cream. I think what the Vietnamese love about avocado desserts is that they’re creamy and more importantly, not too sweet. The unique flavor of avocados balances out the sweetness from any sugar product really well.
Sinh To Bo is made with avocados, milk, ice, and condensed milk. The condensed milk provides the sweetness and creaminess to the drink, and the ice makes it extremely refreshing. My mom likes to also add some durian flesh to the drink which adds extra flavor to the smoothie. I tried it in testing this recipe and can say I am a fan of it. If you have durian, definitely add a tablespoon of the flesh to the smoothie. I go into all the substitutes for this yummy smoothie below.
Ingredients, Substitutions & Adjustments
- Avocados – This is the main ingredient in the dish, so I don’t recommend any substitutes. Make sure to use ripe avocados for this recipe. Ripe avocados are black.
- Condensed milk – I used sweetened condensed milk for this dish. Feel free to reduce the amount of condensed milk if you want a smoothie that is less sweet. You can substitute condensed milk with other sweeteners like agave sweetener or honey. Keep in mind that other sweeteners have different levels of sweetness to them, so try the smoothie to make sure it is sweet enough for you and adjust accordingly.
- Whole milk – Avocados are really thick when blended, so this makes the smoothie more liquid-y. Substitute with any kind of dairy you like. Good substitutes are coconut milk, oat milk, and soy milk.
- Ice – I highly recommend using ice for this smoothie since it makes the smoothie refreshing. I did not try it, but you can also use vanilla ice cream.
- Durian flesh (optional) – This is something my mom loves to use. I tried it and I have to admit I love the durian flavor with the smoothie.
How to make Sinh To Bo
This recipe is really simple! Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until a smooth consistency. Enjoy! You can use either a spoon or straw to enjoy this smoothie!
How to remove the avocado flesh from the avocado
Slice the avocado in half and twist to open. Use a spoon to scoop out the pit. Alternatively, stab the pit with a knife and twist to remove it. Lastly, use a spoon to scoop out the flesh!
What if my smoothie is too thick or too thin?
Add some milk to thin out a thick smoothie. If the smoothie is too watery, add more avocado to thicken it up.
How can I store Sinh To Bo?
Since the smoothie is made of avocado, I would recommend drinking it right away. If you have to store it, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a day.
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Sinh To Bo (4-Ingredient Vietnamese Avocado Smoothie)
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until a smooth consistency.
- Serving size. This smoothie can serve 1 or 2 people. It can either be a very large smoothie or 2 smaller smoothies.
- Condensed milk substitutes. Condensed milk can be substituted with other sweeteners like agave syrup or honey. Keep in mind that other sweeteners with have different sweetness levels, so try the smoothie to make sure it’s sweet enough for your tastes.
- Whole milk substitutes. Some substitutes for whole milk include coconut milk or soy milk.
- Durian flesh. My mom loves adding durian flesh to her smoothie, and I can attest to the fact that it makes it better. Add as much or as little as you want. My mom adds a lot.