People who love pure, preservative-free, all natural coconut milk (without guar gums or other additives) will be very pleased to know that premier coconut milk producer "CHAOKOH" has just started making a high end product to compete with leader Aroy-D.
This is 100% pure coconut milk, we received our first shipment late May 2013. The coconuts were literally picked and package just weeks before that date. It's the freshest high quality coconut milk you will ever taste outside of Thailand.
The quality and health benefit of a preservative-free coconut milk is not even debatable---coconut milk in cans, with preservatives, just can not compare to all natural milk!
After taste tests, we do not know if the CHAOKOH is a superior product. Perhaps you might like to compare?
Out of the box, Aroy-D seemed to have a slightly nicer coconut aroma, although CHAOKOH was fine (just less aroma). It may be that our Aroy-D, packed 4 months prior, took on more aroma due to age.
We prepared two identical green curry recipes, one using Aroy-D and one using CHAOKOH. The final result was identical, it was not possible to tell the difference, however the CHAOKOH seemed to have a nicer oil form during cooking (again, perhaps due to freshness).
Both brands are packed in identical modern paper cartons (BPA free, made by Tetrapak). Sold in a nice large box 33.8 oz (a bit more than 1 quart).
CHAOKOH was packed in Sept 2013, expiry date of Jan 2015.