Coconut milk is rich and creamy and one of those staples I always like to keep in the cupboard. It full of goodness and very versatile. But sadly in Korea it’s not as cheap and prevalent as one would like. Sure you can find it at big chain supermarkets, but not so much at the smaller Korean marts. It can also run to about 3,000 a can, which if you are using two doesn’t make a cheap dinner. Luckily though I recently discovered this little trick in which you can use shredded or dried unsweetened coconut to make your own milk, how cool is that? And you actually get a very good result. The shredded coconut works great and is roughly around 7,000 for 700g on iHerb. This bag will make about 8 cans worth of milk, really lowering the price if you use it regularly. It’s quick and easy to make, and you can whip up a batch whenever you are need, as the dried coconut stores well.
2 cups unsweetened dried coconut
4 cups of water
1. Heat the water until it’s just about to start boiling then turn off the heat.
2. Put the dried coconut and hot water into the blender.
3. Blend for five minutes until smooth. Be careful when doing this, if you have a cheap blender. Blend in pulses and let the cap off to release the steam periodically.
4. Strain the milk and store in an airtight container in the fridge. You will still have a thick paste of the coconut meat left after straining, you can use this in baking or smoothies, or just eat it by it’self as it’s filled with nutrients. Happy Milking!