Ba Xuyen, beloved for its banh mi, also whips up a wonderful Vietnamese-style avocado shake. Known as sinh to bo, it’s a simple but satisfying concoction of avocado puréed with ice, sugar, and a little condensed milk. “I’m HOOKED,” confesses Puppimus, who doesn’t see this as a problem.
Indonesians make their own version, with a sweet note from chocolate, and most Indonesian restaurants in Queens offer decent ones. Peter Cuce likes Jakarta Mie’s.
For catherine, the alluring Filipino-style shake at Engeline’s hits the spot. And bigjeff is so taken with Ihawan’s version—“incredible stuff,” he swears—that he’s been known to down two at a sitting: one with his Filipino barbecue, and another for dessert.
Ba Xuyen [Sunset Park]
4222 Eighth Avenue (between 42nd and 43rd streets), Brooklyn
Jakarta Mie [Elmhurst]
86-20 Whitney Avenue (between Macnish Street and 43rd Avenue), Elmhurst, Queens
40-06 70th Street (near Roosevelt Avenue), Woodside, Queens