As one of the oldest and most popular fermented foods, yogurt is known all over the world and has been consumed for centuries. From traditional Indian raita, to classic Persian side dish Mast-o-Khiar to über popular and having a moment Greek yogurt, this bacterial fermentation of milk is a breakfast (and lunch) staple in many households. Though there are many varieties of yogurts available in the market, it’s all moot for those of us who aren’t able to consume dairy. Thanks to the explosion of free from foods, there are now dairy-free yogurt alternatives on supermarket shelves. These nut and coconut-based yogurts emerged a few years ago and set a trend for deliciously dairy-free. Hong Kong has been slow to adopt and it’s taken a while to get a decent selection but now we have a fair few to choose from. For those who are allergic to dairy, lactose intolerant, vegan, or simply looking to cut back on their dairy intake, Green Queen has pieced together a complete guide to where to buy the tastiest dairy-free yogurts in the city.
Ed. Note: we did not include soy yogurts in this roundup.
HKD25-45 per 125g
One of the first UK companies to launch nut milk yogurts, British brand Nush churns out some of the best non-dairy yogurts around. Made with their own respective nut milks prepared daily, their creamy almond and cashew milk yogurts contain up to 20% almonds or cashews in each pot. Sourcing ethical suppliers, Nush almonds are harvested sustainably from a family plantation in Sicily, whereas their organic cashews hail from Vietnam. Using only the best nuts, filtered water, and live vegan probiotic cultures, this is goodness in a nutshell!
The Coconut Collaborative
HKD40 per 100g
Coconut fans are in for a treat with this UK-based dairy-free yogurt: made entirely from the milk of coconuts, dairy-free live cultures and some fruit compote (for their fruity varieties), The Coconut Collaborative is free from dairy, soy, and gluten – but not temptation as its tagline suggests. Bursting with vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes, their fun flavors will make make for a truly tropical taste getaway.
Find The Coconut Collaborate at CitySuper.
HKD39 per 140g
Free from dairy, soy, gluten, wheat, refined sugar, grains and nuts, local health food company Foodcraft has come out with their own line of coconut yogurts made from raw young Thai coconut meat and raw coconut milk. With five flavors to choose from including natural, mango, vanilla, kumquat and strawberry, these probiotic-rich yogurts are fermented so on top of being creamy, they nourish your gut and can improve your digestion. Top with some granola or fresh fruit and go to town!
HKD35 per 240g
One of the earlier dairy alternatives to hit the market, Coconut Grove Cultured Coconut Milk Yogurt is a standout. Organic, gluten-free, and free of preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, this sweet & tart yogurt has hints of coconut that would be perfect in smoothies, enjoyed with granola, or in dips.
Find Coconut Grove at JustGreen Organic Convenience Stores.
HKD99 & up for 300ml
Local online health food maker Green Vitamin is back and so is their own line of raw coconut yogurts, as tasty and as healthy as ever. Infused with probiotics and made from naturally fermented fresh young Thai coconuts, try their plain coconut or choose from ripe mango, organic strawberry, or blueberry- all are gluten and refined-sugar free.
HKD850 for set of 20 x 150g pots (delivery)
Hong Kong cult ferment fave QUO debuted on the local market to wide acclaim and its QUOgurt, a creamy dairy-free coconut kefir yogurt is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious dairy-free alternative. Milk kefir is a fermented milk drink made with yeast, milk proteins and bacteria- meaning it’s loaded with probiotic health benefits – a perfect solution for those who are lactose intolerant!
Find QUO online.
M&S Coconut Pot
HKD59 for 250g
While Marks & Spencer’s take on coconut yogurts fares on the thinner side compared to other yogurts, its Coconut Pot is still creamy, loaded with the good bacteria, and deliciously dairy-free. Many folks are fond of the unsweetened, light coconut flavor, which pairs perfectly in cereals and fruit.
Find M&S Coconut Pot at all Marks & Spencers Food Stores.
Grows Fresh Organic Coconut Yogurt
HKD70.28 for 550g
One of the newer fruit and vegetable stores in the HK market, this Australian owned and operated business works directly and exclusively with a team of 30 individual organic farmers across Australia. Their dairy-free, vegan friendly organic coconut yogurt is a mild coconut flavor with a creamy texture. Available in natural, chocolate mousse, and salted caramel (with a dash of mesquite and maca powder), top some nuts and fresh fruits on any of these for a healthful dessert or snack!
Find Grows Fresh Organic Coconut Yogurts online.
Images courtesy of Pexels, Nush, The Coconut Collaborative, Foodcraft, Go Dairy Free, Green Vitamin, QUO, Guilt Free Veggie.