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Vancouver: Where to buy condensed milk in a tube?

food_alice Feb 20, 2009 12:46 PM

Does anyone know where to buy condensed milk in a tube? Since I only use about a teaspoon a week (in my Sunday morning Vietnamese coffee... mmm), the cans are a pain. I hear that it does exist in a tube - like a toothpaste tube. Has anyone heard of this? Where can I get it in Vancouver?


  1. Ruth Lafler Feb 20, 2009 01:17 PM

    You might find this discussion helpful: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/547888

    There are presumably a plethora of Asian markets in Vancouver that might carry it.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler
      food_alice Feb 20, 2009 01:27 PM

      Thanks! I'll keep my eyes out for the brands they mention.

      I've also just found an online reference to Dong Thanh Supermarket (1172 Kingsway, Vancouver) - fingers crossed!

      1. re: food_alice
        Ruth Lafler Feb 20, 2009 01:43 PM

        I think the better suggestion in that thread is to decant your 14 oz can into a squeeze bottle -- it will keep for a very long time in the fridge like that, and it's much cheaper. BTW, be alert when buying sweetened condensed milk, especially in "ethnic" markets, as some of the cheaper varieties are "filled" (vegetable oil added).

        1. re: Ruth Lafler
          grayelf Feb 20, 2009 07:13 PM

          Yeah, FWIW, I just plop what's left of my 300 mL cans of Longevity (all killer, no filler!) into whatever similarly sized plastic container or jar I have hanging about, and no probs yet with it going scary...

          PS nice to see you around these parts, Ruth :-).

          1. re: grayelf
            food_alice Feb 22, 2009 01:02 PM


            1. re: food_alice
              fmed Feb 22, 2009 01:13 PM

              I've been on the hunt for condensed milk in tubes ever since I first saw them in Australia many years ago. No luck so far. Like the others have already mentioned, decant into a jar, a squeeze tube or if you have one hanging around - a honey pot. Give the can of milk a quick bath in warm water to reduce its viscosity - it will be easier to pour.

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