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Coconut Juice | Nam Ma Plow | น้ำมะพร้าว

Coconut Juice | Nam Ma Plow | น้ำมะพร้าวI should really save this post for the middle of summer, when it’s unbearably hot outside and the only thing you crave is a cool, refreshing drink.  But you know how it is when you’ve just been introduced to something great – you want to share it with the world immediately! 

So it is with coconut juice.  The boyfriend picked up a young, green coconut on his last trip to the Asian market.  I had seen them before, but never felt the urge to buy one, since 1) I didn’t know what to do with it and 2) whatever it was that you were supposed to do, it looked like a lot of work.  

Coconut Juice | Nam Ma Plow | น้ำมะพร้าวThis is how the coconut came from the market – fortunately for us, with the hard green outer shell removed.  The little tool below it is something that the boyfriend has had in his utensil drawer for years and years.  I had always wondered what it was… and now I know that it’s a Thai coconut meat scraper.  

In order to gain access to the coconut juice, you have to cut a hole in the top of the coconut.  This is easiest done with a sharp chef’s knife inserted at a 60 degree angle to the top.  Push the knife in (or if you need a little help, use a hammer to bang the knife in) about an inch, then pull out and repeat in a circle along the top of the coconut.  It’s tedious work, but much better to go slow than to risk a finger!

Then you can pull off the top, insert a straw, and enjoy the delicious juice straight from the coconut!  In fact, some stores sell the coconut juice just like this, with straw and all, in case you want to skip the labor-intensive steps above.

Coconut Juice | Nam Ma Plow | น้ำมะพร้าว

Once you’ve had a little sip, pour all of the juice into a container and use the Thai coconut scraper to get the meat out.  Use the side with 5 holes to make grated flakes and the other side to make bigger curls.  If you don’t happen to have a Thai boyfriend with one of these scrapers sitting in his utensil drawer, a spoon works pretty well…   

Coconut Juice | Nam Ma Plow | น้ำมะพร้าวFinally, add some of the grated flakes to your glass and top off with the fresh coconut juice. It’s best served cold on a hot summer day… or at least while dreaming of hot summer days :)

Coconut Juice | Nam Ma Plow | น้ำมะพร้าว


7 comments… add one
  • Ajay sahu March 10, 2016, 6:41 am

    I buy coconut . Inport in india send me qutetio

  • AJ May 14, 2014, 7:41 pm

    You can also open these with the cococut that opens coconuts

  • สเต็ปเซียน May 19, 2013, 12:33 pm

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I
    clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyway, just wanted to say superb blog!

    • Rachel May 20, 2013, 4:42 am

      I’m sorry for the frustration – our server has been down recently. I appreciate you taking the time to comment twice!!

  • sonia March 7, 2011, 8:31 am

    Wonderful and refreshing coconut drink…. ! It deserves the hard work of scrapping…

  • Rachel February 24, 2011, 7:46 pm


  • a frog in the cottage February 23, 2011, 9:52 am

    You’re so right !! it brings sun & summer in the house !! your photos are so beautiful

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