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Mar 9, 2011 02:12 PM

Coconut cream in Montreal/Laval?

I've been checking grocery stores and haven't been able to find this anywhere. I'm on the lookout for coconut cream/cream of coconut (not coconut milk). Has anyone seen this recently?

I'm in Laval so I've checked IGA, Maxi, Costco and Marche 440 around here.

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  1. Definitely usually have it at Marché Hawai in Ville St. Laurent.

    1993 Marcel-Laurin Blvd.

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    1. I bought some a few months ago at Les Douceurs at the Atwater Market... (hint: does NOT work well in cocktails!) I tried concocting some rum/pineapple/lime juice mix with the coconut cream and it was absolutely disgusting and ruined the drinks!

      1. There's a new grocery store in Laval called Marche Gourmet Asiatique (if im not mistaken), just off of boulevard le Corbusier. I'd say give them a try in you're in Laval.

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        1. re: chefjeannine

          I went there, it's brand new. I don't know if they would have it but they might! Their stock is limited but they have a good selection and decent prices.

        2. I have an easier solution: use a can of coconut milk, let it sit for a while and the cream will separate from the 'water' and rise to the top. Use that and discard the rest.

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          1. re: hungryann

            Great tip. That's what I always do. There are, however, brands where the coconut milk is somehow emulsified and the water does not separate from the solids. I've had this happen with Twin Elephants brand. I left a couple of cans sitting out for weeks and they just didn't separate. Not to knock Twin Elephants. though. It's a fine brand that's perfect for many applications.

            One that seems to be a sure bet is Aroy-D brand. It's also one of the few brands with very consistent quality, AFAIC.

            1. re: SnackHappy

              Yeah, I get the Aroy-D brand. The coconut "cream" that rises to the top is the key element to making the thai curries at home.

          2. Any Indian store will have it, but I always buy this product at Akhavan at NDG. It's a key ingredient in green chutney (a popular Indian snack).