June 23, 2008

I Want Me Some Shots of Yakult

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Lychee Yogurt Smoothie
tangy and sweet yogurt and lychee smoothie

Yakult

Yakult is one of the drinks that we sorely miss. We couldn't find them in any of the Asian groceries in my area. What we have here are the Korean brand that look exactly like Yakult but taste so bland, not tangy, and overly sweet. I just learned that Yakult have been in Los Angeles since 1999 and YakultUSA will make them available in other states in the coming months. Woohoo! I can't wait to have a few 'shots' of this yogurt drink. Well, actually I can, and while waiting I mixed some yogurt with low-fat milk, sugar, and flavorings. I made two kinds: vanilla and lychee. I blended some ice cubes and the lychee yogurt in the blender and had the most refreshing yogurt drink that's sweet and tangy with just a hint of lychee. Yummy!
Other fruit suggestions: strawberry, mango, and peaches.

I am also liking the sparkling yogurt-based drink that is salty and minty which is the perfect beverage while munching on adobo beef brisket shawarma.

Salty Yogurt Mint Soda

Adobo Shawarma
homemade adobo beef brisket shawarma

10 comments:

MasPinaSarap said...

It's funny you posted this as I drank it often while I was in the PI, it really is big there, however I can remember way back to when I drank these as a kid in Japan. Delicious! It took years before any kind of similar healthy drink was brought to the masses in the U.S. with the "DanActive", both are Lactobacillus Casei, frankly drinking Kefir has a ton more beneficial bacteria, but that's way off-topic. :)

Dhanggit said...

oh oggi, you just made my dream food; adobo shawarma and lychee yakult smoothie..grabe sarap nito!! i'll definitely copy this recipes :-)

mirage2g said...

A year ago, I was surprised to see yakult here, not in asia shops but in local groceries! True, there's also DanActive or DanOne or Activa that we drink here pero mas masarap ang yakult! (its 2,50euros for 4 bottles!) =D

raissa said...

adobo shawarma? I miss eating shawarma =( Can I ask for your recipe and maybe I can make it one day with chopped onions and tomatoes and the yogurt sauce with it. Yummy. I have never drank Yakult *blush* I dont know why but I have always been intrigued by it. Maybe I should give it a try.

oggi said...

Mas PinaSarap, the Japanese are way ahead in inventing healthy stuff.:)

Dhanggit, I can't seem to find a restaurant that makes authentic shawarma, I had to make my own...the lychee yogurt smoothie is very refreshing indeed.:)


g, wow that's expensive for teeny tiny bottles of yakult...and I agree yakult has a unique taste and definitely more delicious than the newer products.:D

Raissa, do try the yakult if they're available in your area.

For the adobo brisket:
3 -4 lbs whole brisket
1 T sea salt
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1 head garlic, peeled and pounded
½ cup cider vinegar or sukang Iloco
¼ C water
¼ C soy sauce
1 bay leaf, optional
Mix salt, pepper, and garlic. Rub the mixture all over brisket. Place brisket fat side up on a glass baking dish. Mix vinegar, water, and soy sauce, pour on top of the brisket. Add the bay leaf, if using. Cover tightly with a piece of aluminum foi and bake in 350 degree oven for 3 hours. Let rest for 1 hour before cutting into very thin slices.
Drain the meat, discard the bay leaf. Boil the sauce in a skillet until it has thickened and reduced by half. Serve with the slices.

raissa said...

Thanks for the recipe Oggi. =) lulubos-lubusin ko na, would you have the recipe of the yogurt sauce *blush*

I will try Yakult one of these days. Its available almost everywhere here =)

oggi said...

Raissa, I am sooo jealous.:D

For the yogurt sauce I buy the tzatziki which you can make by mixing thick Greek style yogurt, finely chopped dills, salt, a little garlic, and grated cucumbers with the water squeezed out.

The yogurt sauce I sometimes make is also thick Greek yogurt mixed with chopped mint, garlic, salt, and 1 tsp lemon juice.

Both are very good with kebab, even fish.

Happy cooking!:)

raissa said...

Thank you! I dont know when I can cook them but I will let you know. I like dills with my yogurt sauce and lots of garlic. Onions tapos garlic LOL patay na.

Theres a commercial of Yakult in our local stations LOL

oggi said...

Raissa, you're welcome. Yes, onions and garlic!
I should probably go and visit LA one of these days.:)

Karen said...

Yakult is a probiotic drink that contains billions of live and active “good bacteria” that may help balance digestive systems. When Yakult is consumed daily, it can help improve immunity and digestive issues, which could help overall health and regularity.

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