For a reception I'm giving, I want to serve a coconut milk-based ceviche and also have coconut water available for drinking.
The coconut milk: does anyone know where in Manhattan I can pick up fresh-pressed coconut milk? It seems like that's something we should be able to get pretty readily by now.
The coconut water: I can't deal with the price, physical volume and inconvenient opening of buying young coconuts, chilling them and then hacking them open to serve guests. My local Thai (Zabb City, not perfect but MUCH better than most NYC Thai! Bizarrely, the chefs are from Isaan, but the restaurant doesn't offer an Isaan gai yang) sells "Young Coconut Juice" in translucent plastic cans with an attched two-tine fork for spearing the gelatinous slivers of coconut meat floating inside. It might be slightly sweetened, but it's not bad, and I actually LIKE the packaging. Has anyone seen this for sale anywhere? Or other larger volumes of coconut water? I'm going to have a guest list of roughly 40 people.
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