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Oct 12, 2008 03:12 AM

Fresh Coconut Milk?

Hi 'Hounds - Does anyone know anywhere in L.A. area that sells fresh coconut milk? Thanks!

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  1. check out BEVERLY HILLS JUICE CO.
    on Beverly Blvd approx 4 blks east of La Cienega.

    1. Café Bloom on Pico serves the actual coco.
      Once done w/ the milk, ask for a spoon & scratch the innards.
      Seen the cocos also in some retail places, not too many though.

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      1. re: RicRios

        Isn't that coconut water/juice, and not milk, which is made from shredding and squeezing the meat?

      2. On the westside, the Co-op on broadway sells fresh thai coconuts. Last time I was at 99 Ranch in San Gabriel, they were selling then too and alot cheaper! Rawvolution in Santa Monica has them for $3-4 each. If you really don't want to chop them open, get them there.

        1. Are you looking for coconut juice, as in the slightly opaque liquid found inside coconuts, or coconut milk, as in the thicker, milky stuff you get when you add water to grated coconut and squeeze it out?

          If you want fresh coconut juice, most any asian market sells young coconuts. I get them from 99 Ranch in Van Nuys usually. You just cut the top off and drink the liquid. Use a spoon to scrape out all the young coconut flesh. I don't know of any places that sell fresh coconut milk. I usually just box small boxes of it (Kara brand) from 99 Ranch.

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          1. re: boogiebaby

            Hi everyone -

            I guess I can only repeat that I am looking for somewhere that sells fresh coconut milk.

            That is - the sweet, milky white cooking base derived from the meat of a mature coconut.

            "The color and rich taste of the milk can be attributed to the high oil content and sugars. In Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia coconut milk is called santan and in the Philippines it is called gata. In Thailand it is called ga-ti and used in many Thai curries. It should not be confused with coconut water (coconut juice), which is the naturally-occurring liquid found inside a coconut." (This definition is according to Wikipedia.)

            I love poisson cru and a few other recipes that require fresh coconut milk - it is rather labor intensive I was hoping someone knew of a market that sold it fresh processed for a fee.

            If anyone knows I will keep checking back - if you are a market and want to sell it - let me know I will buy from you.

            I am not interested in fresh coconuts, coconut water, macaroons, coconut cream pie, or putting the lime in the coconut . . .



          2. Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions but coconut milk is a coconut PRODUCT made from coconuts - not fresh coconut, coco water, or creme de coco. Not one of the responses below was right, but I finally found frozen coconut milk - at Mitsua Market - so I thought I'd pass that on. It makes making coconut pudding and authentic poisson cru possible (and here is a recipe if you want to try it - I say skip the vanilla to be super authentic ): Enjoy!

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            1. re: Pigeage

              Update: Mitsua Market closed (downtown L.A.) and the other locations don't carry it. :-(

              1. re: Pigeage

                I could be wrong, but I believe I've seen this frozen product at places like 99 Ranch and Hawaii Supermarket. Don't recall if it was in a flat plastic-type bag, or was in a plastic container. Did you get a chance to check out these types of places' freezer sections?

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  No one mentioned canned coconut milk or cream. The advantage of course would be it's always on hand, the disadvantage would be the freshness and possible taste difference. There are so many brands any one of which may be close to the taste that you are looking for. Most if not all restaurants and recipes use canned? Unless I'm making curried crabs, I always use canned.

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    I've gotten fresh-grated frozen coconut from Asian grocers. Have yet to tinker with it but the idea is to use that to press coconut milk from I think. Toying with idea of doing that using fresh coconut juice instead of water.

                    Wondering if blendering and sieving is an option.

                    1. re: Cinnamon

                      In the days before coconut milk was readily available in cans I made it from fresh coconut. My simple method was to chunk the meat, add warm water and blend- then squeeze/sieve. Based on that, yes I think using the frozen grated stuff with the same method would work. Depending on how fine the coconut is you could just steep and extract. I would use squeeze cloth and a good squeeze of the meat.

                      1. re: torty

                        Thank you. I recently made panang curry sauce from fresh ingredients. Some day when I really get my act together, I will try this on the same day!!

                2. re: Pigeage

                  >>Not one of the responses below was right<<

                  Uh, yeah - I was right... Just as I mentioned, it was in the frozen section of 99 Ranch and Hawaii Supermarket, in flat plastic- type bags. I'm surprised that this type of product is carried by Mitsuwa - Japanese typically don't use much coconut and many find the taste of coconut to be out of their flavor range - just too heady for most. Whatever the case, for your future ingredient expeditions, I would consider trying the "Chinese" markets first - they offer food products of all kinds that cover just about all Asian ethnicities east of South Asia.

                  1. re: Pigeage

                    I regularly get frozen coconut milk from both Bangkok Market on Melrose and Silom market on Hollywood Blvd. I think the frozen stuff tastes better than the canned, but it is easier to get the coconut cream from the top of the cans. Once I did the whole "crack open the coconut, grate it, steep it, and squeeze the hell out of it" thing, and it really was delicious, but I have carpal tunnel and it really did a number on my hands. I agree with the OP that is would be really nice to have fresh stuff available.