Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Thai Kitchen Lite Coconut Milk

You can't imagine how delighted I was when I found a reference to Coconut milk in The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook. It was listed with foods in the front of the book, with a reminder to purchase light, unsweetened coconut milk. I'd been buying Thai Kitchen lite coconut milk for years, and love the interesting flavor it adds to soups and curries. The only thing I don't like about this product is the spelling of the word *lite* which does grate on the teacher side of my personality a bit.

Thai Kitchen Lite Coconut Milk is widely available in U.S. grocery stores, and can be ordered from Amazon.com. I'm not sure how hard it would be to find in other countries, but if you can't find it where you live, just look for the word "light" or "lite" on the brand of coconut milk you find, and check the label to be sure there's not added sugar. (Don't confuse this with coconut cream, an ingredient used in drinks which contains a lot of sugar.)

I used Thai Kitchen Lite Coconut Milk when I made this wonderful Thai Chicken Soup, a recipe that's definitely one of my favorites of all the dishes I've cooked last year. Check back tomorrow for the latest recipe I've tried with this wonderful ingredient. I think it might be my favorite new recipe of 2007! Can you tell I love coconut milk!

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14 comments:

  1. Hi Kalyn,

    For those of us lucky enough to have a Trader Joe's where we live, they make a lite coconut milk. Can't imagine life without it!

    Your soup looks great! I often order this kind of soup when I go to a Thai restaurant. Thanks for the recipe!

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  2. I love using coconut milk,my dh is lactose intolerant and I make coconut ice cream with ot.So good!

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  3. Where do you purchase lemongrass in Salt Lake?

    Kaylyn, I just discovered your blog and it all looks wonderful.

    Thank you.

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  4. Kalyn, I love coconut milk, too! Sweet or savoury, it is just great!!!

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  5. I might have seen this brand in Walmart before. Need to check again :)

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  6. Toni n., you are so lucky to live by Trader Joe's. I go there whenever I visit my brother.

    Mommy Chef, great idea.

    Marissa, I used to buy lemongrass at Smiths on 2100 South. Then when I was in St. Louis I bought some already sliced in a jar. I've been using that for a while now, and it's really good in something like this soup/ I think you can still get it at Smiths, but I'm not positive.

    W_P, isn't coconut milk just fantastic.

    Simcooks, I think you can get it lots of places.

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  7. I've just used up my Trader Joes light coconut milk! You have an informative blog.

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  9. Another one of those great product I'm hoping will make it's way to our shores here! Thai Kitchen products are widely available and since the Swiss seem to be really going for healthy alternatives int he supermarkets in a big way fingers crossed this will be picked up!

    Thanks for sharing this info!

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  10. Kaylyn, have you seen this Thai cooking website with videos
    http://www.thaifoodtonight.com/thaifoodtonight/recipes.htm

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  11. Hi Kalyn, I've never seen this lite coconut milk, would be good to have it since I cook curries a lot, and the only ones I usually use are Mae Ploy or Arroy D. By the way, is it runny, and is this suitable for baking as well ?

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  12. Melting Wok, I am pretty sure you can use the "lite" version in any recipe that calls for coconut milk. It's runny in the same way that regular coconut milk is.

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  13. woohoo!!! I was JUST wondering if there was such a thing as Lite Coconut milk after a red curry thai lunch today..yum, Thanks!

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  14. I love coconut milk (though I'm currently allergic to it) and have so many blog recipes featuring it! Glad to hear that is South Beach Diet friendly! Yay.

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