Evaporated milk is in our opinion, is the secret ingredient to a balanced cup of kopi or teh. You’ll find it a handy condiment to have if you’re trying to brew your own kopi at home.
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Sadly, it tends to be overshadowed by its sweeter counterpart, condensed milk.
We serve local kopi and teh as part of our traditional kopi cart service.
Teapot Evaporated CreamerBeverages tastes relatively sweeter which is no surprise as the Teapot Evaporated Creamer is sweeter to start off with. There was a slightly bitter after taste which was surprising.
Best Evaporated Milk Brand?
Taste Test Conclusion
We liked that the Marigold Evaporated Creamer is versatile and works well for all beverages, but loved the milk tea made with Carnation’s Evaporated full cream milk.
With exception to Fairprice Evaporated Filled Milk (I would personally avoid it), all of these evaporated milk would produce enjoyable kopi or teh beverages with small tweaks in our recipes.
In a nutshell, here are our takeaways:
Marigold Evaporated Creamer is a versatile evaporated milk product that works for most drinks.For thicker, milkier kopi or teh, use Marigold King of Kings or F&N.Carnation and Teapot are relatively sweeter, and seem to be more commonly used as cooking ingredients.
P.S. I may be slightly biased. At Alliance Coffee, we use Marigold’s evaporated creamer for our recipes.
If you’re using other brands, you may need to tweak the recipes according to your taste and preference. (but this article is not sponsored, we carried out this test simply because we were curious about evaporated milk options.)
Every coffee shop in Singapore uses different brands and different recipes, which ultimately affects the taste of their drinks.
Here, we share the recipe used at our Traditional Kopi carts or pop ups.
To ensure consistency across our stage 2 test, we use the same recipe, substituting only the evaporated milk product. Coffee and Tea concentrates are pre brewed and used to assemble the final drinks.(This is how we brew kopi)
We’ve published our traditional kopi recipes previously.
Here’re the recipes we used for this test:
3/4 cup Kopi concentrate1 teaspoon condensed milk (heap)3 teaspoons evaporated milkTop up with hot waterMix well
Kopi C recipe:
3/4 cup Kopi concentrate3 teaspoons evaporated milk1 teaspoon sugarTop up with hot waterMix well
3/4 cup Teh concentrate1 teaspoon condensed milk (heap)3 teaspoons evaporated milkTop up with hot waterMix well
Teh C Recipe
3/4 cup Teh concentrate3 teaspoons evaporated milk1 teaspoon sugarTop up with hot waterMix well
Although evaporated milk is commonly used in the ‘C’ or ‘Si’ beverages, we’ve noticed that it gives our kopi and teh a good mouthfeel. If you find your kopi a little thin, give evaporated milk a try.
If you took a walk down the supermarket aisle for processed milk, you’ll find a range of “evaporated” milk products –evaporated milk, evaporated creamer, evaporated filled milk, full cream evaporated milk, etc.
Here’re the differences:
Evaporated Milk vs Evaporated Creamer
Evaporated milk refers to milk that has been reduced by heating while evaporated creamer refers to a reconstituted milk product made by combining milk solids, edible vegetable fat and water.
This is probably the first question that will come to mind if you’ve ever needed to purchase some evaporated milk for cooking, baking or even brewing coffee.Evaporated milk and evaporated creamer tend to be used interchangeably, especially in local coffee shops.
Here’s a more in-depth explanation of their differences:
Evaporated Milk manufacturing process
During the manufacturing process, approximately 50% to 60% of its original amount of water is removed, leaving a thicker, more concentrated milk product that looks creamy.
Because of the process it undergoes, evaporated milk is often characterised by a subtle caramel (or toasty) taste. It is often used in cooking and baking for a creamier texture and to add an additional flavor dimension and is said to contain high level of protein and calcium.
You can even make your own evaporated milk. Here’s a tutorial on youtube.
Evaporated Creamer manufacturing process
On the other hand, evaporated creamer is a reconstituted form of milk.
It tends to be less sweet compared to evaporated milk and is often used in beverage recipes (i.e. coffee, teas, fruit juices, etc) as well as desserts to provide a creamier, thicker mouthfeel.
Evaporated Milk vs Condensed Milk
Another common ingredient in local coffee is condensed milk.
You’ll probably be surprise to note that they are very similar. The only difference betweenevaporated milk and condensed milk is the addition of sugar. Condensed milk is essentially the sweetened version of evaporated milk.
We’ll dive more into condensed milk in another article…soon.
What is evaporated full cream milk?
Evaporated milk can come in various options – full cream aka regular, low fat or fat free aka skimmed.
Basically, evaporated full cream milk is the same as evaporated milk. The distinction only comes in handy when you are comparing between regular, low fat or fat free evaporated milk.
What is evaporated filled milk?
Filled milk refers to milk that has been reconstituted with vegetable oil (or fats) from other sources (instead of daily cows). Evaporated filled milk is usually used for cooking and baking and rarely used in beverages as it has an unusual characteristic flavor.
For the scientific definition of evaporated milk, you can read this chapter from the book “Encyclopedia of Food Sciences and Nutrition” on Science Direct.
Can I use fresh milk instead of evaporated milk?
Yes you can.
However, do note that evaporated milk products are generally thicker and this contributes to the mouthfeel of your final drink.
We’ve also noticed that fresh milk do not seem to cut through the kopi concentrate as well. You will need to tweak the recipe to your preference.
Can I use oat milk instead of evaporated milk?
Can. You do you.
Do you sell evaporated milk?
No. You can check out the supermarket near you, or find evaporated milk products on Lazada, Shopee or Qoo10.
Quick note on the use of evaporated milk products at local kopi shops
I talked to (and “spied” on) several of favorite kopi shops. It is of no surprise to notice that theevaporatedmilk product of choice varies between the coffee shops.
The most popular products based on my rather limited observation are: Marigold’s Evaporated Creamer and F&N’s evaporated filled milk.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to get your hands on F&N’s evaporated filled milk.These seem to be mostly sold B2B, I’ve only seen it at selected ABC discount stores. You may also find it on Lazada or Shopee.
We did a quick, small scale taste test of 6 different evaporated milk products with our kopi and teh beverages.
Marigold Evaporated Creamer and F&N Evaporated Filled Milk are good options to start with. If you like a milky aftertaste in your kopi, King of Kings is a good option.
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Regardless of your choice, you will probably need to tweak the recipe to your liking.