{article} How do you open a young Thai coconut?

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by Eva Rawposa

I had an ice cream class recently that went really well. We made gelato, butter pecan with a caramel sauce drizzled over it, and the easiest ice cream ever. One of the recipes called for young coconut meat, and most of the people in the restaurant looked really concerned.

The thing is, it’s really easy once you know what you’re doing, you just have to know what to do. Then it’s nothing, no big deal, just new information. So, I got my cleaver and a sharp chef’s knife and then I went to work. It was so easy. I did it a lot like in the video at the bottom of this page.

Now, seriously, don’t be shy. You can do this. Just be careful, and keep your fingers away from the blade.

You’ll have to try the coconut dream! I’ve received DOZENS of comments and emails about it. So you get your cleaver, and 1-2-3 it’s done.

By the way, another tip for you… Do NOT use a cheap chef’s knife. Either use a good one or use a cleaver. You WILL bend a cheap chef’s knife if you try to whack a coconut with it!


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