Sinh tố đu đủ literally translates in Vietnamese to papaya (đu đủ) vitamin (sinh tố). I’ve made sinh tố bơ in the past with creamy avocado, but I got my hands on a beautiful papaya, so I made this version instead. You can also make many variations of the Vietnamese drink such as jackfruit, durian or mango depending on what you have on hand. The usual sweetener is sweetened condensed milk. You can blend the fruit with either yogurt, soy milk, regular cow’s milk, coconut milk or coconut water.
I love wandering through ethnic markets. They’re a great place to find interesting ingredients to develop new recipes. This weekend, my husband Lulu and I went to Mi Pueblo supermarket in East Palo Alto after a trip to the nearby Home Depot. Along with the beautifully ripe papaya, which reminded us of our last trip to Cancun, I found nopales (cactus), exotic banana varieties and the best horchata I’ve had in a long time. On top of that, the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. I’m definitely going back for more great Mexican ingredients.
1. Info for Papaya Smoothie Recipe (Sinh To Du Du)
- Cook Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Servings: 6
- Calories: unavailable
2. Ingredients for Papaya Smoothie Recipe (Sinh To Du Du)
- 1 ripe papaya
- 1 quart ice cubes, crushed
- 2-½ cups soy milk (or any other milk), as needed (depending on how you like the consistency of your shake)
- ½ cup coconut water, up to 1 cup
- 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk (or honey), to taste
- 6 fresh mint leaves, for garnish
- Peel the papaya. Cut it in half lengthwise. Remove and discard the seeds. Cut into cubes.
- In a blender, combine all the ingredients until very smooth.
- Pour into 6 glasses. Finish with a drizzle of condensed milk and garnish with fresh mint leaves.
- Decorate with a bubble tea fat straw.