The first time I went to a supermarket outside Thailand, I was quite amazed at how many brands of coconut milk were out there, Aroy D coconut milk might be the one I feel the most familiar with. There are many brands that I have never seen, and it was the first time in my life to see canned coconut milk. So I guess I could understand if some people would feel confused when they go buy coconut milk. In this review, I will share my experience outside of Thailand compare with coconut milk in Thailand, and my favorite choice in common Asian grocery stores outside Thailand.
Brands of Coconut Milk that I tried
- Chao Koh
- Aroy D
- Chao Thai coconut milk powder
- Fresh coconut milk from Thai wet market
- And some other brands that I cannot remember
Aroy D Coconut Milk
I tried several brands of coconut milk, and I found that Aroy D coconut milk is quite creamy and has a nice smell of coconut milk. It goes pretty well with Thai food and Thai curry paste. The price of Aroy D coconut milk is also cheaper than many other brands. So if you like a creamy texture, I would recommend Aroy D.
Coconut Milk Calories
Coconut milk is rich in nutrition, as well as calories. 100ml serving of canned coconut milk gives 169 calories.
|Type of Milk
|Calories / 100 ml
|Canned Coconut Milk
Ref: BBC Good Food, urls are available below.
Canned coconut milk vs carton
Many people said carton coconut milk has a better taste than the canned one. In Thailand, I saw only carton coconut milk and dried coconut milk in supermarkets. I never see the canned one. However, carton coconut milk is slightly more expensive, and the difference may not so obvious in some dishes. Therefore, I usually use carton coconut milk only for mango sticky rice.
Canned coconut milk and solid on top
You might be curious if canned coconut milk is supposed to be solid. I asked myself the same question when I started using canned coconut milk. The answer is “it is ok!” The solid part comes from coconut oil that solidifies. On the label of some brands, the producers state that it is ok to see some ‘solid coconut milk’ in their cans.
The best coconut milk brand
The best coconut milk I have ever tried is the fresh coconut milk from Thai wet market. But it’s too complicated to make at home, especially without a decent fresh coconut supply. So the most reasonable choice for me is Aroy D Coconut Milk, it tastes good and the price is reasonable.
Thai recipes that use coconut milk
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