Sinh tố bơ is the name of a Vietnamese avocado shake. This drink is a sweet smoothie (or milkshake) that is made with ripe avocados, regular milk and sweetened condensed milk.
When my mom's co-worker told me that she loves drinking a Vietnamese avocado shake called Sinh tố bơ, I honestly didn't think that sounded very tasty. I have always eaten avocados in savoury dishes, like guacamole, or on toast, or just on its own with a little salt. I didn't think it's fresh green flavour would be pleasant in a sweet drink.
What sold me was the fact that one of the main ingredients in Sinh tố bơ is condensed milk. I LOVE condensed milk! Actually, I eat that on toast too sometimes (it's really good!), and I've always got a couple of cans in my pantry.
So I whipped up a batch of Sinh tố bơ in my blender, and took a sip. I was expecting sometime similar to the green monster smoothie (which didn't taste bad, but I couldn't get over the way it looked), but instead I ended up with a rich, pale green shake that was sweet and creamy! If you like buttery texture and bright flavour avocados, you're probably going to love this drink.
Below if my recipe for a more traditional version of a Vietnamese avocado shake. This version of Sinh tố bơ is very sweet, with a half a cup of condensed milk per serving! You don't have to use this much - it's just the amount that I found I preferred. This is more milkshake than smoothie, and if you want to be extra decadent you can turn this into an Indonesian-style avocado smoothie you'll with coffee and chocolate syrup. Experiment and find your favourite version!
I also have a healthier version of a Vietnamese avocado smoothie, and a fusion version with avocado and coconut on the site, if you want to check those out!
Vietnamese Avocado Shake (Sinh to bo)
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 ripe Hass avocado, skin removed
- ½ cup milk, plus extra to thin if needed
- ½ cup condensed milk, or to taste
- Add the ice cubes, avocado, milk and some of the condensed milk to the blender.
- Cover and blend on high until the mixture is smooth.
- Check the consistency. If it's too thick, add more milk to achieve desired consistency.
- Cover and blend on high again. Check for sweetness and add more condensed milk, if desired.
- Stir before pouring into small glasses or dessert dishes.
- Enjoy cold or room temperature. Store covered in the fridge for up to 12 hours (discoloration may occur).
Please read the blog post for detailed tips and explanations.
Nutrition Disclaimer: this nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of this information cannot be guaranteed.
I've tried numerous recipies and this one is the best. Delicious.
Thank you! Let me know what else you've tried!
I try this recipe, it’s delicious, I add the tapioca pearls.
Thank you for sharing.
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Elena! Adding the tapioca pearls is a great idea!
love this recipe!! reminds me of my childhood. for those of y'all without a strong sweet tooth, lowering the amount of condensed milk makes the recipe perfect for me.
I'm glad you liked it Jane!
I'm glad you liked it Mary!
This is literally the best milkshake I’ve ever had! It is sweet, creamy and delicious. Thank you so much!
I'm glad you enjoyed it Kristina!
This is pretty spot on to the original sinh to bo I've had in Vietnam. I myself like condensed milk too. And yes, it tastes amazing on toast.
If you've ever tried Vietnamese iced coffee, the reason it's so good is because of the condensed milk they put in it.
Thanks again for the recipe.
Have a good one.
Hi Thinh, thank you so much for your nice comment. I don't think I've had Vietnamese coffee before, but it sounds delicious!
Happy Cooking and stay safe!
I was skeptical, but this smoothie is delicious. My 3 year loves it too. The recipe is a keeper.
So glad to hear that! 😀
I made this with 2 tbsp of maple syrup instead of condensed milk (which, I know, was the key flavouring for the recipe) since I didn't have any condensed milk on hand. It tasted amazing! My mum loves it as well.
That's awesome! I'll have to try that myself, thanks for sharing Jasmine!
Super yummy and creamy! I used only 1/3 cup condensed milk and still found it a tad too sweet so next time will use 1/4 cup condensed milk.
Thanks for sharing your results, Vanessa! I will revisit this recipe and check the sweetness.