5 Vancouver chefs share their love for coconut milk + a Thai Kitchen Prize Pack Giveaway!

Pink Elephant Thai - Oxtail Coconut Curry-0782 (Custom)5 Vancouver chefs share their love for coconut milk + a Thai Kitchen Prize Pack Giveaway!

For the love of coconut milk. It’s a staple in any Southeast Asian kitchen. Just ask these chefs, or I’ll do it for you!

It’s a must have in curries and many soups, but there are also other ways to use it; for example in desserts, smoothies, baked goods and even in spaghetti and omelettes (from the words of a couple chefs below).

I asked 5 chefs to spill their love for coconut milk, share their tips on qualities to look for when buying it, and also how to use it.

It’s not only delicious and a great way to thicken sauces and soups while adding aromatics, creaminess, richness and sweetness, but it’s also a great dairy alternative, gluten free, and vegan.

Maenam Angus An

Chef/Owner Angus An
Restaurant: Maenam and Longtail Kitchen

1. What are 3 of your favourite dishes using coconut milk? 

Dom Kaa (coconut and galangal soup)
Geng Gati (southern style turmeric curry)
Grilled tuna and Green mango salad (a touch of coconut cream is used to enrich the dressing)

2. What is the most unusual sweet or savoury dish you have made or ate with coconut milk?

Durian Sticky Rice at Nahm. The savoury flavours of Durian is balanced with salty and sweet coconut cream cooked with sticky rice. Was a good dessert!

3. What qualities do you look for in an excellent coconut milk?

Flavour and consistency. Sometimes the packaged and canned ones have too much emulsifiers and preservatives.

4. Which dishes at Maenam use coconut milk? What would you never make without it?

Most of our curries, coconut soup, marinades, etc. I would never make Dom Ka without coconut cream. I have seen recipes where people put cream instead of coconut, that grosses me out a little.

5. What’s one of your favourite dishes in Vancouver using coconut milk?

I like our geng gati curry, it’s a southern style curry with lots of coconut milk/cream.

6. Any tips about using coconut milk?

Learn to separate milk/cream/fat from the product. Each has its place in cooking. When you’ve learned how to separate that, you can even reduce the cream until it separates (what we call crack cream) and that rich goodness can help you cook wonderful dishes.

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Chef/Owner  Ui Ratsomjit
Restaurant: U & I Thai

1. What are 3 of your favourite dishes using coconut milk?

Red Curry, Yellow and Panang Curry

2. What is the most unusual sweet or savoury dish you have made or ate with coconut milk?

“Tom Kha Gai” = Spicy and Sour Coconut Chicken Soup.

3. What qualities do you look for in an excellent coconut milk?

Texture is rich, creamy, buttery and smooth.

4. Which dishes at U & I Thai use coconut milk?

All curries: Examples: Red, Green, Yellow, Panang and Massaman Curries.

5. What’s one of your favourite dishes in Vancouver using coconut milk?

Our award winning green curry with Halibut.

6. Any tips about using coconut milk?

In ANY Curry dish, heat up the coconut milk first before stirring in the curry  paste. This will ensure that the flavor of the curry is evenly diffused.

brokenricePhoto from Vancouver Sun

Chef/Owner Yen Do
Restaurant: Brokenrice Vietnamese Restaurant

1. What are 3 of your favourite dishes using coconut milk?

1) Rice vermiculite fish soup
2) Coconut pandan waffles
3) Thick noodle crab soup

2. What is the most unusual sweet or savoury dish you have made or ate with coconut milk?

Spaghetti

3. What qualities do you look for in an excellent coconut milk?

Look for thick and not too watery.

4. Which dishes at Brokenrice use coconut milk? 

Banh xeo and curries.

5. What’s one of your favourite dishes in Vancouver using coconut milk?

Banh tam bi (Thick noodles and shredded pork )

6. Any tips about using coconut milk?

Don’t over cook it.

Thai house-Chef Lek

Chef Lek Tondonoice
Restaurant: Thai House (Richmond location)

1. What are 3 of your favourite dishes using coconut milk?

Kaeng Matsaman – Rich beef curry with ground peanuts

New Zealand Lamb Loin Chops with yellow curry sauce

Horw Mok Maprao – Boneless chicken, coconut meat with red curry sauce

2. What is the most unusual sweet or savoury dish you have made or ate with coconut milk?

Mango Sticky Rice

3. What qualities do you look for in an excellent coconut milk?

The color, thickness, rich smell

4. Which dishes at Thai House use coconut milk? 

All curry dishes. Rice with coconut milk.

5. What’s one of your favourite dishes in Vancouver using coconut milk?

Tom-Kah soup – Spicy & sour soup with mushrooms, lemon grass, Thai spices and coconut milk

6. Any tips about using coconut milk?

Coconut milk needs to be refrigerated. Store it in an air tight, easy to use container. Shake it well before using it.

Chef Curtis Luk - Bambudda Headshot

Chef Cutis Luk
Restaurant: Bambudda

1. What are 3 of your favourite dishes using coconut milk?

Sweet Coconut and sago soup with honeydew is a light Chinese dessert soup that’s slightly sweet. There is a base of sweetened coconut milk that’s mixed with small tapioca pearls and dice of melon.

Khao soi is a Northern Thai noodle dish in a red curry-like coconut based sauce. The coconut milk is incorporated into the sauce.

Chicken Satay — the coconut milk is incorporated into satay sauce along with the peanuts to give it an aroma. I like to make satay myself, personally. It’s fairly simple and is flavourful.

2. What is the most unusual sweet or savoury dish you have made or ate with coconut milk?

I add coconut milk to omelettes for a south-east asian flavour.  I add about three parts egg to about one part coconut milk, similar to using cream or milk to fortify an omelette.  I add cilantro, fish sauce, sometimes a bit of chili. I garnish with some crispy onions, more cilantro, some pickled chilis and maybe some pork floss.

3. What qualities do you look for in an excellent coconut milk?

I like a can that is at least a third to half cream, pure white and clean and fresh smelling simply of coconut.

4. Which dishes at Bambudda use coconut milk? 

The yellow curry vinaigrette with beef tongue  is based on a Hong Kong preparation of beef tongue, where it’s served with a tomato sauce or an Indian-inspired curry.  I wanted to give a Southeast Asian twist so I added the coconut and fish sauce/lime leaf as well.

5. What’s one of your favourite dishes in Vancouver using coconut milk?

The Green Curry at Maenam. I like it because of the distinct taste of herbs and spices, and the good use of the coconut milk when used to cook (such as sautéing the coconut cream) gives it a very appealing aroma.

6. Any tips about using coconut milk?

To get a richer taste and feel of coconut, refrigerate the coconut milk. Refrigerating causes the coconut fat to solidify, like butter, and form a cream on the top, which is what you should use for cooking. and use only the cream on top. The separated water underneath can be used for other purposes such as making smoothies, as a substitution for water in making coconut scented rice,  and even as an accent a tropical cocktail.

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