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tatamagouche Sep 21, 2010 07:26 AM

I know "sinh to" means fruit shake: does that mean "to" is the Vietnamese word for fruit and "sinh" for shake?

And: what's your favorite flavor? I'm crazy about jackfruit myself.

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    huaqiao Sep 21, 2010 09:16 AM

    I'm a big fan of soursop(guanabana) fruit shakes.

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    1. re: huaqiao
      grayelf Sep 21, 2010 10:27 PM

      Oh, I didn't realized soursop was guanabana! Floods of memories from childhood trips in Mexico. Thanks, huaqiao. I wonder if you could get one here in Vancouver, maybe at a Viet place....and called by yet another name of course :-).

      1. re: grayelf
        tatamagouche Sep 22, 2010 05:42 AM

        In the Viet restos here, it's called soursop...

        But per Wikipedia, so take it FWIW, soursop aka "guanábana (Spanish), graviola (Portuguese), Brazilian pawpaw, corossolier, guanavana, toge-banreisi, durian benggala, nangka blanda, and nangka londa." What those other languages are, it doesn't say.

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          Ali Sep 22, 2010 02:12 PM

          Well, none of those are Vietnamese, at least. If you're looking for it in a Vietnamese restaurant, look for "mãng cầu xiêm" or just "mãng cầu." You're more likely get the variety with the bumpy skin instead of the prickly but smoother skinned kind.

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      Ali Sep 21, 2010 07:46 AM

      Think of "sinh to" more like you think of the word smoothie. The word itself doesn't imply fruit at all ("trai cay" is fruit) and the drink could be made from fruit or pretty much anything you can blend together, though fruit is clearly the running favourite.

      I'm extraordinarily fond of durian, personally.

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      1. re: Ali
        grayelf Sep 21, 2010 08:37 AM

        Avocado for me, please! Followed by pandan.

        1. re: grayelf
          tatamagouche Sep 21, 2010 10:15 AM

          The leaf? Or does the plant bear fruit?

          1. re: tatamagouche
            grayelf Sep 21, 2010 10:25 PM

            The leaf...

            1. re: grayelf
              tatamagouche Sep 22, 2010 05:43 AM

              Interesting...but not savory a la spinach, right?

              1. re: tatamagouche
                grayelf Sep 22, 2010 08:52 AM

                I've only had sweet ones with pandan leaf...

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