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Best soymilk in Taiwan?
Posted November 26th, 2011 - 5:26 pm by from Mannheim, Germany (Permalink)

I recently moved back to Taipei and am now enjoying the luxury that is having an apartment with a kitchen.
I enjoy eating cereals/muesli for breakfast and like to bake vegan cookis and cupcakes. Now here*s my problem:
although the supermarkets I*ve been to so far boast a variety in different kinds and brands of soymilk I*ve never seen before, I*ve not been able to find one that I like.
Back home (Germany) I usually stick to Alpro/Provamel (I think that would be Silk in the US).
The ones I*ve tasted in Taiwan (apart from what they sell in the breakfast shops, those are delicious!) all have this very strong soybean taste. I guess I*m looking for something with a little less intensive flavour.
Any suggestions?

Posted November 26th, 2011 - 11:25 pm by from Brooklyn, United States (Permalink)
If you like the breakfast shops ones, just empty out a jug and ask them to fill it up for you, shouldn't be a problem.

I find Asian soy milk to be way too sweet - if you don't mind the sweetness, though, try mijiang (米漿), a rice milk with a peanut and sesame flavor. I eat it on sweet cereals and put it in coffee even - it's right next to the soy milk in the shops.

I've found larger supermarkets will have imported western soymilk, and the Carrefour in Tianmu definitely has Alpro. Of course, it'll be 3-4 times as expensive, but those are the breaks. If you're looking for a milk-like soymilk, they're your only choice, I think.


Posted November 27th, 2011 - 5:56 am by from Mannheim, Germany (Permalink)
Hey Tim,

thanks for the advice. I*ll give the 米漿 a try.
Did you try using it for baking?
I plan to stay away from Tianmu as they have way to much expensive things available over there that I would love to buy (whole-grain bread at the German bakery for example…, haha.

Posted November 27th, 2011 - 7:09 am by from Brooklyn, United States (Permalink)
> Did you try using it for baking?

I wish. Last year having a proper kitchen in which to even _cook_ something substantial - let alone _bake_ - was the impossible dream for me in Taiwan.

But, I'm back and on the apartment hunt, so finger's crossed, maybe I'll get lucky this time around.

I'm sure it'd be fantastic to bake with, if I could keep from just drinking it all straight before I got the chance.


Posted November 27th, 2011 - 4:02 pm by from Mannheim, Germany (Permalink)
Thanks everybody for the advice. I think I*ll buy all of them and then have a sampling. I*m afraid I don*t have a Costco membership and not sure if it*s worth it in my situation.

I have a kitchen with stove, gas and and oven and I love baking (cooking as well, but not as much as baking). If any of you wants to come over (I live near Guting MRT) for a baking session you*re welcome to do so. Even more so if you can teach me some new recipes =)

Posted November 28th, 2011 - 4:12 am by from Guangfu, Taiwan (Permalink)
Cool, I also live in that neighborhood and ove to learn how to bake. I cook very simply dishes daily, but can't bake. Maybe we can have a putluck during weekends some time.

Posted November 28th, 2011 - 6:28 am by from Mannheim, Germany (Permalink)

that sounds great!

Posted November 30th, 2011 - 12:36 pm by from Guangfu, Taiwan (Permalink)
Hi Carmen,

Want to get together this weekend and cook some thing? I'm not a great cook, but I DO cook easy and simply dishes daily.

Too bad they don't seem to have any vegetarian recipe. But we can always improvise.


Posted November 26th, 2011 - 11:54 pm by from Dongshi, Taiwan (Permalink)
> very strong soybean taste
Beats phony dairy creamer.
Speaking about beats ...

Reese - Rock To The Beat (Hitman Mix)

Posted November 27th, 2011 - 1:52 pm by from Guangfu, Taiwan (Permalink)
First of all, welcome back to the vegetarian paradise, as 3 of my CSers put it.

According to a blog written by Mark Caltonhill, the best soymilk with less soy flavor is the Oat Soy Milk 宴賣豆奶 mad by Imei義美. The CS web site does not allow me to paste any quotation from another web site, so please search for "Not Only Meatless Monday" and read the Oct. 12th entry for more detail. Hope this will help.

Enjoy the previlage of eating lots of greens and fruits daily here in Taiwan!


Posted November 27th, 2011 - 3:25 pm by from Taipei, Taiwan (Permalink)
Actually the Oat Soy Milk in Chinese should be "燕麥豆奶".
Normally I will use the soymilk from Cosco/Loving Hut Veg chain restaurent for baking, Risotto or coffee, it works well in my opinion, and even have the vanilla flavor to choice!

Posted November 27th, 2011 - 3:57 pm by from Guangfu, Taiwan (Permalink)
Ha, thanks for correction. The self-correcting computer which thinks it's smarter for me!

Posted December 29th, 2011 - 9:13 am by from Geneva, Switzerland (Permalink)
You can chosse not too sweeten soymailk in some super markets. In general, Taiwanese people have sweet teeth but you can find 微甜(light sweet) or even non-sugary .

I wonder if any soymilk brand is B12 fortified. I will check next time when I buy some soymilk. Best, Wayne