My Yogurt Buying Adventure Part 1

Buying yogurt in Malaysia used to be such a hard task for me. I’m a full-fat girl because I don’t believe in low-fat foodstuff (as you can tell from my previous post) and whole milk/full fat is better for you. Plus, I only like plain natural yogurt. That way, I can add in my own choice of honey and/or fruits.

Anyway, while grocery shopping, I looked at the various brands of yogurt and saw that 99% were all proud to say they were “low-fat” or “fat-free”. Since I wanted whole milk yogurt, I found this particular brand which sold natural yogurt and Greek yogurt. I was relieved that it didn’t say low-fat/fat-free so I quickly bought those two to try. Rookie mistake. I didn’t read the ingredient label as I normally do.

When I ate the yogurts, I was wondering why it didn’t taste nice at all. It was nothing like the delicious whole milk yogurt I was used to. While pondering, I examined the tub closely and began reading the ingredients. First up, it said “Skim Milk”. *insert sad face* I’m pretty sure it tasted the way it did because it skimmed the delicious fatty yet healthy cream from the milk.

So, I went on a mission. Whenever I saw a Cold Storage, Village Grocer or Mercato, I’d check out their yogurts (amongst other things). Being my usual self, a label nazi, I read all the ingredients. Browsing through the yogurt shelves, I skipped through all the flavoured yogurt and ignored those that were clearly marked low-fat/non-fat/fat-free. Those unmarked would warrant me to read the ingredients label and weed out those that used skim milk.

Lo and behold, what did I find? That there are NO yogurts made with whole milk! I’m stunned as I cannot believe that the whole of Malaysia really eats only low-fat or non-fat yogurt. Why??? Does no one want the creamy, full of fat whole milk yogurt? It’s good and healthy! Then again, I don’t really know Malaysians who really love yogurt for its taste (because they’ve only been sold the low-fat/non-fat variety).

So I checked out online how to make my own yogurt and was disappointed that you need yogurt to start with. Sure, I can use a bit of the low-fat yogurt and use whole milk; but then I needed the live and active cultures. And guess what? Most of the yogurts sold do not claim they’re made with LIVE cultures, so of course I would assume the cultures were not live and active as I’m sure it would be a selling point, no? I did find some yogurt that said it was made with live cultures, but when I read the ingredients, it didn’t state which cultures. I had 2 specific cultures that I wanted in mind — Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. Since they weren’t disclosing which bacteria they used, I wasn’t going to use them.

I also looked at those dried yogurt starters but was even more disappointed when I read the ingredients. It had so many additional things that I didn’t want to consume. To Be Continued…

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8 thoughts on “My Yogurt Buying Adventure Part 1

  1. Pingback: My Yogurt Buying Adventure Part 2 | warm fuzzy

  2. I believe you can buy full fat Greek yogurt by Sunglo at local supermarkets (I bought mine from Giant). I rechecked the ingredients and there are only two listed (yeay) : Milk Solids and Live Cultures. I love Greek yogurt by Farmer’s Union but even though it doesn’t claim it as low fat, I noticed it uses Skim Milk as the first ingredient, so…

    • Yes, you can find full fat yogurt in Malaysia. Sunglo definitely has full/skim plain normal yogurt or plain greek yogurt. I used to buy Sunglo’s full fat plain yogurt but has recently switched to Farmer’s Union greek yogurt. Havent tried Sunglo’s greek yogurt though. As a matter of fact, you can find Sunglo full fat plain yogurt in Giant and most local grocers. Not a difficult task.

      Non-fat greek yogurt on the other hand… is another story on its own. Village Grocer BVII had it once from Farmer’s Union and selling it at RM60-70 per big tub!

    • Hi Shahlinaz,
      Thank you for your comment! Yes, you’re right about Sunglo. I saw them during my search for full-fat yogurt but saw that it’s made of milk solids. Correct me if I’m wrong, but from my understanding, milk solids is powdered milk. I wanted to find yogurt made with real milk, and not powdered milk. So I was happy to find Farm Fresh Natural Yogurt. I blogged about that here: https://warmfuzzy.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/my-yogurt-buying-adventure-part-2/
      I believe Farm Fresh Natural Yogurt can be found at any supermarket easily.

      Also an update on yogurt buying if you are interested: https://warmfuzzy.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/update-on-yogurt-buying-whole-milk-sheep-and-goat/

  3. I agree with Shahlinaz and D; Farmer’s Union full-fat greek yogurt is the best among the other brands i’ve tasted so far. smooth and it’s as though i am having cheese ice cream. it’s sold in most cold storage stores and village grocer for rm19.90 per kg. i find the price very reasonable considering that some brands such as Nancy’s and Brown Cow are selling around rm20 – 40 per tub (680g) but taste-wise – not as good as Farmer’s Union. I am currently trying out Sunglo’s – well, was quite dissapointed by the lack of creaminess but it has quite an interesting savoury taste – which i think would be suitable for making lassi.

    have fun buying and tasting yogurt in malaysia!

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