A cooling, soothing, creamy milkshake isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of an avocado—unless you’re Vietnamese. In Vietnam the rich fruit is routinely pureed with milk, condensed milk and ice for a luxurious smoothie. Sinh tố, which translates as “alive elements” or “vitamins,” illustrates how Vietnamese value food as nourishment. Feel free to use other fruits in place of the avocado, such as mangos, papayas or even more exotic fruits like jackfruit (or go wild with durian). Using frozen fruit works fine. I defrost them first to make sure the puree is not too thick.
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