If a person needs coconut milk for a recipe what is best brand to buy? (Short of making your own which -- obvs! -- is ideal.) Last time I used Goya which was overly sweet and otherwise generally insipid. Pls advise, many thanks.
Chaokoh is a good brand; you'll find it in most Asian markets and often in the mainstream markets. A Taste of Thai is good, and I like the (cheapest!) one that Trader Joe's sells. But for the best flavor and richness, I usually go with Chaokoh.
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Kasma Loha-unchit, a well known Thai cooking teacher recommends Cha Koh and May Ploy. Be careful though, there are brands with similar names.
REALLY be careful--just look how I mis-spelled Chao Koh!!
I agree with the above posters. Also, watch out if you are shopping in a big American grocery store. I've seen sweetened coconut cream in the 'ethnic foods' section instead of the alcoholic mixers section where I think it belongs.
I 4th the Chaokoh brand. In a pinch I'd use Thai Kitchen.
I have used a lot of different brands of coconut milk and my personal favorite is Whole Food's 365 brand, especially when using light coconut milk. It is also organic and not too expensive.