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The undiscovered joys of.... COCONUT MILK!

Old 11-22-05, 08:32 PM
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The undiscovered joys of.... COCONUT MILK!

Ok, I 've really like coconut milk for years, but we just had Shrimp Green Curry the other night and coconut rice tonight, and it made me think just how much coconut milk can add to a dish, and how few people probably use it.

Do you use coconut milk? And if so, what do you use it for?

And to broaden the thread - what WONDERFUL ingredients do you use that you think very few people consider when making dinner?
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And to try to think ahead, NO, this was not intended as a sex thread.
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Dude. It is a staple for excellent thai food. You'd better believe I use coconut milk when I cook.

Oddly enough I don't like shredded coconut. It's horrible stuff.
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I hate shredded coconut too - YUK YUK YUK (texture probably).

But coconut milk is WONDERFUL!
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I never tried milking a coconut
Old 11-22-05, 08:42 PM
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Seeker, try Thom Kah Gai sometime. It is chicken coconut soup. Very very very tasty.

Hell, you just have to come visit me so I can take you to Sushiya and then to Krung Thai.
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Originally Posted by mllefoo
Seeker, try Thom Kah Gai sometime. It is chicken coconut soup. Very very very tasty.

Hell, you just have to come visit me so I can take you to Sushiya and then to Krung Thai.
you are in the bay area right? the krung thai(s) on Winchester? mmmmmmmm
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Originally Posted by mllefoo
Dude. It is a staple for excellent thai food. You'd better believe I use coconut milk when I cook.

Oddly enough I don't like shredded coconut. It's horrible stuff.
Hate actual whole coconut and despise shredded coconut. However I love the flavor of coconut and coconut milk.

I made coconut rice pudding a few years ago and it turned out pretty good. Lost the recipe though.
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I use coconut milk for my Masala chicken.
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Originally Posted by grrrah
you are in the bay area right? the krung thai(s) on Winchester? mmmmmmmm
Yep. Two of them. The one behind the mall is the good one.
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Originally Posted by mllefoo
Yep. Two of them. The one behind the mall is the good one.
yep.. thats why the (s)

I like the one by the mall better too, but the other one often has better daily specials. But maybe they both have the same daily specials, and they are just better when I go to the other one.

i think it was something like a twice-fried something sea bass
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Green Curry ...We have the best little family Thai restaurant across the street from us, and their lunch special is $5.95 and I eat there just about every Sunday.
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Thai green curry with coconut milk (especially with shrimp) is amazing. One of my favourite foods.
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you can also look forward to the undiscovered joys of lovehandles as coconut milk has a ton of saturated fat
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When i was a kid, our house was probably the only one with a coconut tree in the entire neighborhood. i've got fond memories of having backyard cookouts while drinking iced coconut juice and eating the soft meat (yeah, i said it ). Nothing like fresh coconut meat.
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Nothing?
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Originally Posted by Seeker
Nothing?
i'm easy to please.
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I clicked the thread hoping to see some vintage pics of Maryann or Ginger, but NOOO.
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I hate coconuts, but did you know in a pinch that you can use the juice as plasma for a human? Wild and wacky stuff!
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So that's what I saw on the back of an ambulance today:

?kliM tunocoC toG

Makes total sense now.
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Originally Posted by Deftones
I hate coconuts, but did you know in a pinch that you can use the juice as plasma for a human? Wild and wacky stuff!
Yep, i think i saw it in a Jackie Chan movie once.
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Originally Posted by Seeker
And to try to think ahead, NO, this was not intended as a sex thread.
I love how this is how we "think ahead" in Otter...

I've had coconut milk fresh from the coconut, it was OK. Haven't cooked with it at all.

My "secret ingredient" is alfalfa sprouts, specifically on a sandwich or in a salad. They add more flavor than lettuce, they don't wilt like lettuce does, they stay crunchy... Yummmmm....

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I totally agree, its great in curries and coconut rice is the bomb
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they drink a lot...A LOT of it in vietnam, right out the nut (got back from a two week trip to saigon a few weeks ago)
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I have a can of imported Coconut Milk from Thailand in my cupboard at this very moment. It's absolutely fabulous with peach and pineapple juice (I mean the real stuff you buy like at Trader Joe's where the pineapple juice is super high in calcium and other nutrients and the taste is amazing). Then just blend the juice and coconut milk with proportional ice cubes...

...you have an awesome tropical smoothie thingie. Grab some sprite or something and mix it to make a carbonated smoothing thingie.

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