8 Nov 2016 |
Street Food Asia by Luke Nguyen
Avocado & Chocolate Smoothie - Jus Alpukat
4 tablespoons chocolate sweetened condensed milk
3 ripe avocados, stones removed
4 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) full-cream (whole) milk
1 cup crushed ice
Having avocado in a sweet scenario might sound really unusual but being Vietnamese, I grew up with the concept and don’t find it strange. We had plenty of avocado shakes and avocado ice cream as kids and I still enjoy the rich, buttery texture that avocados give to sweet snacks and desserts. On Jalan Sabang in Jakarta I do the most wonderful street food crawl – I eat satay for entrée, fried rice for my main and then I notice a tiny stand selling these shakes. I can’t resist, as the Indonesian version of this long-time favourite of mine is divine. The main difference between this and a Vietnamese avocado shake is the addition of chocolate condensed milk. Yes, you heard right. Chocolate. Condensed. Milk. (On top of some regular condensed milk, I might add.) Combined with avocado and ice, it’s wickedly good and you could serve this as a sweet pick-me-up or even a dessert.
Pour the chocolate sweetened condensed milk into a squeezy (chef’s) bottle.
In a blender, blitz the avocado, sweetened condensed milk, full-cream milk and crushed ice together until smooth.
Squeeze the chocolate sweetened condensed milk around the inside of four tall glasses to coat. Pour the avocado smoothie into the chocolate-coated glasses and serve.
This is an edited extract from Street Food Asia by Luke Nguyen