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Avocado Shakes ... Mmmmm

Puppimus Aug 13, 2007 01:45 PM

A few weeks ago I had an avocado shake with my bahn mi at the wonderful Ba Xuyen (in Brooklyn's Chinatown, 8th Ave & 41st St.), and I'm HOOKED.

The question: Where else can I get an avocado shake, preferably closer to the Slope/Red Hook/Downtown/BoCoCa regions?

  1. Peter Cuce Aug 30, 2007 05:49 AM

    Ba Xuyen has the best Vietnamese-style avocado shake (sinh to bo) I've had -- I can't recommend another. Have you tried the Indonesian version, with chocolate? All of the Indonesian restaurants in Queens do respectable versions. I recently had a good one at Mie Jakarta on Whitney Ave.

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    1. re: Peter Cuce
      Puppimus Aug 30, 2007 06:56 AM

      Thanks for the tip! No I haven't tried it with chocolate, but I would like to. Would you recommend Mie Jakarta for the food, too?

      I'm eventually going to try making avocado shakes myself. They're just so fattening that I feel like maybe its best not to have that ability or those ingredients at my disposal, and save the shake for the few times the opportunity to buy one occurs.

      Except I'm not that passive ... After posting that message on the 13th, I actually drove to Ba Xuyen (from Red Hook) in a frenzy just for a shake. Is that crazy?

      1. re: Puppimus
        bigjeff Aug 30, 2007 07:30 AM

        mie jakarta has some very homely dishes; their signature chicken noodle soup is served in two bowls, and they also have some interesting apps, but we did have a few misses, in particular w/ their noodles. but, worth a visit, if not that, then at least to table hop down the block to the ohter indonesian place literally 4 doors down, minangasli, for a quick sampling (I like their jackfruit stuff, and their dishes with the rice cubes).

        and if you're coming all the way to queens (your original post was bklyn-only) then I'd recommend the avocado shake at ihawan, the filipino bbq restaurant located in woodside; I sometimes order 2, one for during the meal, and one as a dessert. incredible stuff.

        1. re: bigjeff
          Puppimus Aug 31, 2007 06:55 AM

          Do Mie Jakarta or Ihawan do lunch? I'm going to make a pilgrimage on Monday.

        2. re: Puppimus
          Peter Cuce Aug 30, 2007 09:14 PM

          Yeah, I like the food. They have some stuff the other places don't have, and they've expanded their menu a bit since they first opened. Here's some pics of food and the shake. In order: Ayam Bakar Nasi Campur, Sio May, Es Alpukat, Mie Ayam Komplit.
          And your impulsive drive out to Ba Xuyen for avocado shake seems perfectly normal to me -- if I still had a car I'd be over there all the time.

      2. Jill Brazil Aug 30, 2007 07:31 AM

        My friends in Brazil had a country home in the mountain range above Rio de Janeiro. They had a huge avocado tree in the backyard. Every morning we had avocado milk shakes -- in portuguese called "batida de abacate." It was simply very ripe avocados blended with milk and "rapadura." Rapadura is a very sweet dried cane sugar block. You just hack off a piece as needed. This was so delicious. Brazilians usually eat avocados only in sweet preparations such as this. This could easily be prepared here in the States. I would substitue the rapadura with something like agave syrup. I particularly like agave -- because not only is it sweet and delicious like maple syrup -- it is very low glycemic.

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          catherine Aug 31, 2007 06:53 AM

          Like bigjeff said they're also available at most filipino restaurants in Woodside (I like Engeline's at 58th & Roosevelt) -- no chocolate or anything, just ice, avocado, sugar and condensed milk. I tried my own the other day with milk instead and a just a little sugar and ice in the blender. Turned out well except that the avocado is so rich that a little goes a long way -- I had to keep adding milk to thin it out! Good though, I just need to figure out the right proportions of ingredients. Has anyone else tried making them?

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          1. re: catherine
            Puppimus Sep 3, 2007 10:27 AM

            I know that at Ba Xuyen, they only use 1/2 an avocado to make quite a large shake.

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            ethnic Sep 3, 2007 11:51 AM

            I lived in Jakarta for two years. I go to Minang Asli about once a week for food and an Avocado shake. Mie Jakarta is ok, but awful by comparison. The two are literally only a few storefronts apart.

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            1. re: ethnic
              Peter Cuce Sep 5, 2007 10:21 PM

              Not all Jakartans agree with that assessment.

            2. Ljubitca Sep 4, 2007 01:34 PM

              Please describe the avocado shake in detail for us vrigins.

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              1. re: Ljubitca
                bigjeff Sep 4, 2007 01:55 PM

                when I've had it, it is simply a blend of ripe avocado with sweetened condensed milk, and served over finely chipped ice. it is sweet yes, but not sweet like thai iced tea, and the chipped ice actually helps cut the richness a bit (and also still goes up the straw). there must be water added to thin it a bit, but when I've had it, it's quite thick (but not straw-standing-up thick). when people refer to the chocolate, it's that chocolate syrup is drizzled on the sides of the glass, before the shake is poured into it, so you get a nice chocolate pattern on the sides.

                1. re: bigjeff
                  Puppimus Sep 4, 2007 04:24 PM

                  Jeff is describing a version of the shake similar to the one I had yesterday at Ihawan -- avocado puree on bottom, ice flakes on top and sweet condensed milk streamed over the top like a snow cone. I did not care for this version as much as the shake at Ba Xuyen, which is a true shake, fully blended like a milkshake and velvety-smooth. The icy version had a nice flavor, kind of fresher than Ba Xuyen's, but I just hate chewing my drinks and really like the texture and creaminess of the shake at Ba Xuyen. It's so good, if you didn't know what what in it (light cream and condensed milk), you'd swear it was made with ice cream.

                  1. re: Puppimus
                    bigjeff Sep 4, 2007 04:39 PM

                    divergent question a bit but, did you have any of the desserts at banh mi? some of the steamed cakes (looks a bit spongy) as well as some of the other sticky sweets looked pretty good; been tempted to go beyond the banh mi but . . . . . I dunno.

                    1. re: bigjeff
                      Puppimus Sep 5, 2007 09:07 AM

                      No, I haven't. I'm not such a fan of that stuff, generally, and the shake is good enough for me!

              2. Puppimus Jan 13, 2008 03:39 PM

                I had to revive this thread in honor of the avocado shake I had at Minangasli today. I mean, the TWO avocado shakes I had at Minangasli today. This is how seriously I take avocado shakes--I am an avocado shake pig. And theirs was the best I've had so far. Holy hell, they were delicious. Everything's better with chocolate. including an avocado shake.

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                1. re: Puppimus
                  janie Jan 13, 2008 03:57 PM

                  where is this?

                  1. re: janie
                    Puppimus Jan 14, 2008 09:53 AM

                    On Whitney Ave. in Elmhurst, Queens. The cross street is Macnish, but it's close to Roosevelt and Broadway too.

                  2. re: Puppimus
                    bigjeff Jan 13, 2008 05:19 PM

                    what else did you there? when I go with indonesians, we get great food since they do the ordering, but a couple times I've been there, I end up ordering wrong or at least "weird" . . . only consistent thing I know to get is the jackfruit dish and the one w/ rice cubes, not to say that I haven't had great meals there, just don't know the go-to's I guess.

                    1. re: bigjeff
                      Puppimus Jan 14, 2008 09:57 AM

                      I stuck to well-reviewed dishes since this was my first foray into Indonesian dining. Got the murtabak, gado-gado, lontong sayur (which is jackfruit AND rice cubes in coconut curry), beef rendang and a fried whole red snapper with chili tamarind sauce. Everything was great. The fish was lovely and meaty and fresh, but the sauce seemed to get rather salty as it cooled down. Important to eat that right away.

                      1. re: Puppimus
                        HankyT Jan 14, 2008 01:43 PM

                        There's a Minangasli thread on the roster right now. I haven't been but the poster made it sound pretty great.

                        1. re: HankyT
                          astoriafoodie Jan 16, 2008 03:51 PM

                          I second Minang Asli bigtime. Amazing and addictive avocado shake. Superb jackfruit dishes and beef redang and irresistable black rice desert

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