Vietnamese custard apple (or soursop) smoothie

Oh hi, and Happy New Year!

It has been a while…. This blog has remained silent for the large part of the year after my Europe trip in October. I have been struggling to finish off the cookbook, start a new job while still try to retain my sanity.

But I feel the most daunting part of the cookbook is done when Chi Anh and I can wrap up the recipe testing and photo production just right before 2012 ended. I wouldn’t lie, it was daunting to test, bake and shoot cakes weekly on top of the normal full-time job. It was a fruitful but at times frustrating process in which I have learned a lot.

When I edited the last photos, I felt a sense of freedom. At last! Sure I still have plenty of writing up to do, but the hardest part has largely completed.

For a few days between Xmas and New Year, I pushed my DSLR aside, jumped on the bike to ride around our neighbourhood with Mr. B. We also did hiking, and I felt a great sense of belonging.

I started the first day of New Year photographing something different, a peaceful still life of odd things around the house: a book we collected from a second hand bookstore, a favourite Japanese style jar, and lavender sprig from our garden. Simple, calm and not-a-cake!

I am also getting to the habit of photographing my food, flowers and daily happenings with my trusted mobile phone and posted them on Instagram. You will find me there much more frequently than on this blog and other social media channels…

But the New Year also brings me back to the joy of cooking. I have always loved food, but this sense of freedom to cook whatever I like is refreshing. I have done a lot of Vietnamese cooking during the little break, and loving all the dishes to pieces.

Simple and refreshing, this smoothie is for the current hot weather in Australia. Soursop (or custard apple) smoothie is a staple in Vietnamese café, enjoyed by the young and old alike. I re-discovered this amazing drink during a short trip to Adelaide, and have been making them quite frequently.

Fresh custard apples or soursops are hard to come by unless you have access to well-stocked Asian shops. But the good news is the frozen soursop are just as good. You can find them in the frozen section of Asian/Vietnamese groceries. (I know I have used soursop and custard apples interchangeable  But soursop is less sweet and has smoother skin than custard apples).

Once the ingredients are sorted, making the smoothie is too easy…

Vietnamese custard apple (or soursop) smoothie


  • 1 frozen custard apple can, slightly thawed (or 2 large fresh custard apples, white flesh only)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons castor sugar (or honey)
  • 1-2 tablespoons condensed milk
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • A squeeze of lime


  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately with a squeeze of lime!
  2. Note: I have used custard apples and soursop interchangeably here but they are only related fruits I think. The soursop variety is smaller and less sweet than custard apples. So adjust your sweetener accordingly.


15 Responses to Vietnamese custard apple (or soursop) smoothie

  1. I love soursop and custard apple. The smoothie looks gorgeous and refreshing. I’ve thought about making my own, but never get around to it because I can’t be bothered fiddling around with the seeds.

  2. Lisa H. says:

    Beautiful and excellent for the OZ heat…
    I must look for soursop either can or frozen…my daughter and I love soursop 😀 and this is good for her smoothie making frenzy :)

  3. I don’t remember the last time I held Vijay’s new DSLR. Nowadays I just blog with phone photos. Lazy, yes, but I get to live more. LOL!

  4. Anh,Hapy happy new year! miss your post, so glad to know the cookbook is done and soon we can buy it! hope to see more of ur beautiful creations this year..:-)

  5. Rosa says:

    A divine beverage! Custard apples taste heavenly.



  6. How delicious and soursop is good for us. I just wish it is more readily available here.

  7. Kankana says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on your book! I am sure it will teach me a lot. The soup sounds perfect for a warm weather, and I love the gorgeous bright light :)

  8. Allison Day says:

    Oh, this is my favorite! I always get custard apple smoothies when we go to the Little Saigon area in Southern California, and also had them a couple of times when we went to Vietnam three years ago. I didn’t know you could get canned custard apple – I’ll have to look for that next time I’m at an Asian supermarket. 😀

  9. Soma says:

    Happy New Year to you too!! oh what lovely breezy photographs.They transported me to the ocean side. LOVE the blue. I am wondering if it is the same custard apple that we call in India. Sounds lovely!

  10. Happy New Year, Anh! Looking forward to what 2013 will bring you. Love your food styling photography. I admire it very much so. And what a great refreshing drink for any occassion. Mum loves this stuff and I’d be happy to make her glasses for her. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe :) x

  11. Jaclyn says:

    Hi Anh!
    I’m half-Vietnamese, so you can imagine how delighted I am to find your food blog featuring so many aspects of Vietnamese cuisine. My dad was born and bred in My Tho – we live in Canada now – but his favourite taste in the world is homemade Vietnam.

    I’m following your blog! I hope you’ll post more Vietnamese-inspired recipes, because I’d love to make them for my family.

    Happy New Year! (:

  12. A very happy New Year to you too Anh!
    Great news on your cookbook. Can’t wait to see how it is!
    Also, an interesting lime twist to a milk based smoothie, this!

  13. Johanna GGG says:

    happy new year anh – congratulations on getting so far with your book – am looking forward to seeing your photos! Sounds like you needed a rest and a refreshing smoothie – never had soursop – it is actually sour like the name sounds?

  14. Sounds like you had the perfect start to the new year, Anh… relaxing, unplugging, and regaining perspective to move forward.

    I was just reading about soursop today as a natural anti-cancer agent, so it feels like serendipity to have stumbled onto this recipe! Gorgeous photos, too – I love your eye.

  15. Sara says:

    mmm!!! delicious! Great write up.
    I will give you a site where I got real fruit on powder form, I mix it with milk and ice cream to go healthy. they have mango, soursop, apple, pineapple, etc. A lot of fruits and veggies. Enjoy guys!

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