Sunday, August 9, 2009
Sunday Smoothie: Sinh To Bo
The subject of this week's smoothie post is one near and dear to my tastebuds: Sinh To Bo, essentially an avocado milkshake. Do a search of this still-very-new site and you're guaranteed to see a number of mentions of that most buttery of fruits, the avocado, already. Sinh To Bo combines two things I love: avocado and smoothies, which makes it perfect for this second edition of Smoothie Sunday. As I said in the previous post, I'll oftentimes branch out into more unusual beverages for this column, and I think this drink most definitely fits that bill.
I first tried Sinh To Bo in Hartford, CT, at a little Vietnamese restaurant we checked out for their bánh mì. We only had time for a quick bite--luckily the small Vietnamese sandwiches came out just a few short minutes after we ordered them--but we did think the avocado smoothie offered sounded right up our alley. Unfortunately, this particular Sin To Bo was far from "sinh"-fully delicious (please excuse that particularly egregious pun). The avocado flavor was very muted, practically rewound. The silky smooth, buttery taste that makes your tastebuds sit up and say, oh good, we love avocados! was barely there, mostly replaced with watery residue from crushed ice and an unidentifiable but sweet taste.
That sweet flavor was probably the sweetened condensed milk this Whats4Eats recipe for Sinh To Bo includes. My own smoothie came out a little thick, so I used twice as much milk as he suggests there (and I'd suggest you just put in all of the milk at once, which isn't what the recipe suggests, but did work perfectly well for me). It's a pretty simple and quick recipe, so you'll be up to your eyeballs in Sinh To Bo in just a few short minutes, provided your blender is on a very tall counter (as was the case in the first edition of Smoothie Sunday, this recipe makes two small, or one pretty large, smoothie).
Assemble your ingredients: 1 cup of milk, 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk, and, in this case, 2 small avocados. You could also use one regular-size avocado, as the recipe suggests, but two small ones will yield a little more fruit, resulting in a fuller flavor. Wave a tearful goodbye to your avocados. They'll be in a dark place soon (your stomach).
Blend, and enjoy. A few seconds on PULSE and mere moments on BLEND were all it took for this smoothie to become, well, smooth, but all blenders are different, so just blend until you have a "whir"-thy creation. Seriously, I'm sorry about these puns. Just try to wipe your brain clean of them.
Thanks for stopping by Beach City Cooking, and I'll see you all tomorrow for the second edition of Windy City Cooking, and my Oscar-winning turn as a Girl Scout. Sort of. Have a great end of your weekend, and stay cool! (And next week, no puns! Scout's honor.)