I've used coconut milk in the past but it always came in a tin or a carton and was very runny, like slightly thickened normal milk, so I was intrigued when Rhythm sent me through a pouch of their 100% virgin coconut milk to try because it's completely different.
It comes in a pouch and has a much thicker consistency, more like a paste or a thick yogurt or cream than a milk.
You could actually eat it straight out of the pouch as an alternative to yogurt or clotted cream because it has a lovely creamy texture and a refreshing, natural coconut taste. (I know this because I tried !)
But I decided to see how versatile it would be in cooking. The first recipe I used it in was a savoury dish - Thai Prawn & Coconut Soup.
I also used it in a wonderfully exotic dessert - Jasmine-infused Coconut & Cherry Custard. In both dishes, it gave a beautiful creaminess and delicate natural coconut flavour.
It does cost more than the usual cans of coconut milk that I've bought in the past, but it's completely different and because it's so thick, you can use less. It has absolutely no fillers and isn't watered down - you just get cold-pressed, fully mature coconus (usually ripened to around 9 months) sourced from the beautiful, bountiful Philippines. There is also a low-fat version which, surprisingly, comes from an amazing naturally-reduced fat variety of coconut. They really do provide you with coconut the way nature intended. It's raw, natural, nutritious, dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan.
The 100% Virgin Coconut Milk that we tried contains 280 calories per 100g (that's half a pouch) and 26g of total fat, of which 23g saturated. (I might have to look into the naturally lower fat version !) Coconut milk does have dietary benefits though - it is one of the richest dietary sources of Lauric acid which is a super potent ally in helping to rid the body of nasty microorganisms and is great for the immune system.
star rating : 5/5
RRP : £2.99 for 200g
for more information : www.rhythmhealth.co.uk
Disclosure : I received the product in order to write an honest review.
Other blogposts you may be interested in :