Sinh Tố Bơ Avocado Smoothie – 324 of 365

Avocado Smoothie

A random smoothie stand has popped up next to my apartment and the girl running the blender pirates electricity from the complex wire system above.  I wanted one of her smoothies so bad but couldn’t help wonder if salmonella was swirling around that blender along with the crushed ice and fruit.  She was cleaning things with a huge bucket of dubious looking water and I know there is no way that off-brown miasma was anything other than nasty Saigon tap water.  I highly doubt a street stand is using Evian.

Finally now I have now discovered why Vietnamese smoothies taste so darn good.  The secret is quite disturbing for our waistlines though…condensed milk.  Yes, condensed milk in all its gloppy, sugary, calorie laden, gut busting glory.  Choi oi!!!  That thick nectar sold me on this joint as I threw caution to the wind.

And here all along I thought I was doing my body a favor by supplying it with fresh fruits mashed up in a blender.  Little did I know all this Vitamin C comes along with enough sugar to collapse an elephant with a diabetic coma.  To add insult to dietary injury, I ordered an avocado smoothie.  You read correctly.  I did say avocado smoothie.  You see, over here the avocado is seen as a fruit rather than a vegetable that normally adds that needed creaminess to guacamole or some oomph to a burrito.  Now technically the Vietnamese are correct in labeling this one a fruit though for us westerners it is more something along savory lines.

Well, I tasted this concoction and I must say it is kind of busy.  The same rich texture of the avocado is there but now mixed with ice, condensed milk and whatever else goes in an avocado smoothie.  The initial hit to the tastebuds is much like a banana believe it or not.  The sourness of the avocado leaves a very strange aftertaste though, and such a reminder turns to be less than pleasant after a while.  I am big on texture, too and this one reminded me of some version of baby food gone bad.

I tried it.  Now I know.  Avocados are best left for guacamole, burgers and sandwiches rather than a baby poop looking drink  Not that this was bad or anything for I am sure it is a wonderful drink for people accustomed to it.  Again, texture just happens to be my thing with foods, and if it feels funny in my mouth, perhaps it’s best not put in there, right?

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Categories: Vietnamese Food

2 Comments on “Sinh Tố Bơ Avocado Smoothie – 324 of 365”

  1. October 15, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    True! Avocado is fruit in Asia including in Indonesia. We have avocado juice there!

  2. October 22, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    The first place I tried an avocado shake was in Vietnam. Then, I saw it more often in juice stalls around Jakarta, where it is known as jus alpukat. They frequently add palm sugar to it, but even the saccharine quality of that concoction doesn’t hold a candle to throwing condensed milk in it.

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