Avocado Shake (Sinh To Bo)

avacado shake, sinh to bo

When I was working in NYC, I would frequently take the Chinatown bus to Hartford, CT (Whew! Lived to tell about it!) for the weekend bussing tables and helping out at my aunt and uncle’s Vietnamese restaurants. One of my task was to make the sinh to (fruit shakes). They have a variety of fruit flavors from durian, strawberry, pineapple, soursop, but my favorite is avocado. Sinh to is a very common dessert in Vietnam and with the abundance of fresh, exotic fruits, it’s no wonder you can find sinh to stands at almost every corner.

Sinh To Bo (Avocado Shake) (makes 2 servings)
Printable Recipe

  • 1 large, ripe, avocado
  • 3 tbs of sugar or condensed milk (start with this amount)
  • 1/2 cup half and half (or you can use regular milk)
  • 1 cup of ice (the more ice you use, the thicker it will be)
  • couple drops of vanilla extract (optional)

Ripe avocados should be firm but will yield to gentle pressure when held in the palm of the hand and squeezed. Color is not always accurate. Slice lengthwise and split in half. To remove the pit, place the avocado on a cutting board and with sharp knife, strike the pit–knife should now stick to the pit for easy removal. Combine ingredients in blender and puree until it thickens. Taste and make final adjustments on sweetness or consistency by adjusting amount of ice/half and half. So rich, yet refreshingly delicious!

avacado shake, sinh to bo  

Okay, shameless plugs: If you happen to be in Hartford, say hello and tell them Hong sent you. My uncle’s restaurant is an institution there, over 25 yrs

Pho 501
501 Main St

East Hartford, CT 06118

(860) 569-3700

and my aunt’s who coincidently opened her first resturant in 1988..

Pho 88

1999 Park St
Hartford, CT 06106

(860) 233-1928

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22 Responses to “Avocado Shake (Sinh To Bo)”

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    Cookin' Canuck — June 12, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

    I love avocado shakes, but haven't had one for ages. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    seamaiden — June 12, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

    This sounds so tasty. I haven't ordered an avocado shake but am always tempted on bubble tea menus… I will definitely try this recipe, slimmed down a little. 🙂


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    Hummingbird Appetite — June 13, 2009 @ 12:47 am

    I've never had avocado shakes, but I definitely would like to try them. Also, I had the spiced, candied kumquats with pork chops. They tasted great! I blogged about it; http://hummingbirdappetite.blogspot.com/2009/06/pork-chops-with-spiced-kumquats.html

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    The Food Addicts — June 13, 2009 @ 12:53 am

    Yum! I've always been a fan of Sinh To Bo! I'll definitely be whipping some of these up when I get more avocados!

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    stoplookingatfood — June 13, 2009 @ 1:02 am

    yeah! totally craving for an avo shake.!

    hmm… just a thought… ripe avos are not always purplish in colour – it depends on the variety.

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    Ravenous Couple — June 13, 2009 @ 2:24 am

    Cookin' Canuck: You're welcome!

    Seamaiden: Some boba does taste pretty good with it and my relatives restuarant also has that option.

    Hummingbird: So glad the spiced candied kumquats worked out for you.

    Food Addicts: We really should put the magic bullet to use!

    Stoplookingatfood: You're absolutely right–color is not the most accurate! We made the correction. Thank you for pointing that out.

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    ricediaries — June 13, 2009 @ 10:26 am

    Whoa. I go to school in Hartford, and have been meaning to check those two places out. Any particular dishes you would recommend there?

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    Ravenous Couple — June 13, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

    ricediaries: My uncle's place at pho 501 built his reputation on pho and bun bo hue. For 6 days out of the week that's all he serves. There's not much of a menu other then some drinks. On Sunday's only open till about noon and has a special Mi Ga with chicken soup w/ egg noodles that always runs out so pple get there really early. My aunt's place has more variety in addition to the pho and bun bo with banh xeo, broken rice dishes and vermicelli dishes…and the sinh to. I would go for the banh xeo if you've never had that before.

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    Chow and Chatter — June 13, 2009 @ 11:47 pm

    love your blog, looks great

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    Justine — June 14, 2009 @ 8:36 pm

    I've always wanted to try one- this looks great

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    Kevin — June 15, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    An avocado shake sounds so good!

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    Ravenous Couple — June 19, 2009 @ 1:21 am

    Chow and Chatter: Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment!

    Justine: definitely try and let us know how it goes!

    Kevin: It is and so addicting..

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    pleasurepalate — June 20, 2009 @ 9:49 am

    Along with durian shakes, avocado shakes are always tops with me. 🙂

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    Hummingbird Appetite — June 22, 2009 @ 2:05 am

    I made the avocado shake tonight. Now I know what sweetened avocado tastes like. Thanks for posting the recipe!

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    Ravenous Couple — June 24, 2009 @ 5:21 am

    pleasure palate: Pretty much any asian fruit shake tastes good…we love durian and soursop too.

    hummingbird: Awesome! We hope you like it and hope to see that post soon.

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    Amanda — August 25, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

    A good avocado can be chopped and dropped atop a salad, be smashed into a guacamole, be pureed into a shake, or eaten as-is with a dash of lemon and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

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    Ravenous Couple — August 26, 2009 @ 10:20 pm

    amanda: Those are all great suggestions. We love as eating avocados shakes on a hot summer day.

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    nhung — December 16, 2009 @ 9:48 pm

    I'm a total lurker, but I've always loved your recipes. I live in CT and have been dying to find a good place for bun bo hue. Now that I know your uncle and aunt run pho 501 and pho 88 I am getting my bum there stat! Thanks for the great blog 🙂

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    Ravenous Couple — December 16, 2009 @ 10:12 pm

    Nhung: Thanks for taking the time to comment! We love our readers who lurk, regardless! 🙂 Hope you enjoy their food…my uncle's specialty is mi ga on sundays..but you have to get there before 11 since they run out by noon! My aunt's restaurant has more variety of Vietnamese foods. Tell them their nephew sent you!

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    gloria — March 30, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

    My Husband and I also made avacado shakes, they were delicious! My Husband got so excited when I told him I got the recepie. We love these, I think we'll make more tonight! Thank You!

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    Ravenous Couple — March 30, 2010 @ 4:28 pm

    Gloria: So glad you enjoyed the sinh to bo! Next time take photos and send it to us!

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    Maria — June 30, 2010 @ 6:12 am

    Thank you for the recipe! I tried my first avocado shake only a few weeks ago along with a durian shake! Loved them both!

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