I love you, Yakult!


If you’ve been visiting this site for quite some time now, chances are you know of my love for Yakult. In fact, I know a lot of you guys love it as well. So I’m sure you won’t mind if I waste a blog post paying tribute to the wonders of this Cultured Milk (hey, that’s what the bottle calls itself), filled with wonderful Lactobacilli Shirota Strain. Especially since I unearthed this photograph of FLAVORED Yakult from the deepest recesses of my portable hard drive!

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As we were initially planning that trip last year, a friend casually told me about how Yakult comes in all sorts of flavors in Singapore. Excited about the prospect, one of the first things I do when I set foot in a supermarket there was grab a pack of Yakult. I was surprised of course. Not only where they flavored, but Singaporean Yakult was bigger too! 100 ml versus the local 80ml bottles. And they were sold with straws! It even came in a lite variant! Mind-boggling! I passed up on that though and went straight for the flavored ones.

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Ah Yakult. That evening, after a busy day of sightseeing, shopping and lots and lots of eating, I excitedly pestered everyone to do a Yakult taste test with me. It was pretty fun, getting to try fruit flavored Yakult. Unlike other fruit-flavored “cultured milk” drinks I’ve tried and disliked, the fruit flavored Yakult stayed true to its original flavor. Sure, it tasted different — the characteristic Yakult sourness had a fruitier tinge to it, but still it was basically the same drink.

I liked Grape, followed by Green Apple but was pretty so and so about Orange. Fellow Yakult-addict Turtle liked Orange more than the other flavors though. Still, after tasting all those fun fruity variants, I still like the original flavor best. I guess you can’t beat the taste I grew up with.

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Ah Yakult. How much I love you. And will continue to love you. Cheers! (Yes, I was drinking Yakult as I was writing this.)

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31 Responses to I love you, Yakult!

  1. aoitenshi says:

    Yay for Yakult love! Nobody ever told me that they have lots of flavors in Singapore! I will have to check that out when I go back there.

  2. peachkins says:

    I usually drink yakult “on the rocks”. I empty around 3 bottles in a glass full of ice and then there goes my day…

    Cheers…

  3. Tony Lou says:

    is yakult a philippine product?

  4. Lala says:

    There’s flavored Yakult?!?! Are those available here in MNL?

  5. karen says:

    i wish they made yakult litro. or even yakult 8oz. wow, that would’ve made my day. here in SG even if yakult costs way too much, it is still a staple in my pantry. :)

  6. mike says:

    yakult fan here:)

  7. kaoko says:

    @aoitenshi
    Reason to go back? <3

    @peachkins
    Hahaha, so kewl! I have a friend who empties 3 bottles to a glass too, but no ice. Yours seems nicer since icy cold yakult is sooo <3 <3 <3. I've never tried drinking more than one bottle at a time though since my mom brainwashed me when I was small, telling me it's bad for my health to drink more than one a day. I drink more than one a day at times now, but never at the same time. It's still spaced a couple of hours in between. I guess my mom's brainwashing works...

    @Suzanne
    I agree, I think peachkins is on to something really good. You know what though? I heard they have Yakult Ice Cream in BF Homes! So itching to try it out.

    @Tony Lou
    It's Japanese but the ones sold here are locally manufactured.

    @Lala
    Someone told me you can get some at John and Yoko's in Greenbelt 5 but I don't know if it's true. Perhaps they import from Singapore?

    @karen
    Yakult Litro would rock!

    @mike
    ALL HAIL YAKULT!

  8. Liz Tolentino says:

    loved Yakult in my childhood, now my little ones enjoys it too :)

  9. jenny says:

    wow saya! bigger yakult! hindi bitin.

  10. Shakey says:

    Sa Thailand they have this 500ml bottle of cultured milk and the best thing about it is that it tastes exactly like Yakult. My friend brought me some last month kaya lang Thai yung sulat so hindi ko alam kung Yakult din ba ang name nung product na yun or version lang nila. Anyways, Im trying to find Thai stores here in MNL hoping to see it again. *crosses fingers*

  11. dee says:

    Yakult is a product of Japan but it’s way cheaper here in the Philippines. A 80ml there is about 100 yen so around 40-50 pesos. i heard or read the reason why Yakult is in one small bottle because that’s just the right amount to be consumed in one day, I don’t know if this true or not. Remember it is bacteria. :)

  12. toni says:

    Flavored yakult?! I’m immediately not liking it but I’ll try anything once. I LOVE YAKULT!

  13. kaoko says:

    @Liz
    Family activity pala ito! :p

    @jenny
    Bitin pa rin! I want more, hehehe!

    @Shakey
    500 ml is scary! That’s equivalent to two glasses, hahaha! Yakult overload.

    @dee
    Plus we get the locally produced one so I guess that’s why it’s cheaper, because production costs here are lower. I heard too that 80ml is the right does—but only for the body. For my tastebuds, I want more, hehehe.

    @toni
    It’s still better than the locally produced, fruit flavored yogurt drinks so it’s worth a shot 😀

  14. dee says:

    @kaoko

    me too, i want more yakult, hehehe.

  15. Garando says:

    Ditto! I Love Yakult! Always brought home a pack or two for my wife whenever I visit Singapore.
    There was even another brand there na sobrang identical to these Yakult bottles. I forgot the name, I think it was “Probiotic” or something… I remember buying 3 packs of those by mistake, kase sobrang kamukha talaga. It tasted awful. Did you happen see that other brand while in Singapore?

    • kaoko says:

      No e. I’ve tried other similar drinks that I hated so I wasn’t really paying attention to other brands. Besides, I’m immensely loyal to Yakult, hehehe.

  16. ellie says:

    80ml? 100ml? I live the UK and it’s always been 65ml!!!!!!!!!! These things are tiny here!!! ranges are limited, only the original and the light original version!! *sigh* if i ever go to singapore in this lifetime, I shall try my luck with all the flavours, though citrus with dairy is never good, it’s just weird, don’t think it’s a right culinary combination anyways… so a bit persimisstic about the orange flavoured 1, original all the way for me!
    xxx

  17. Cedrico says:

    Love Yakult, My kids would kill for these. Was in Singapore & Indonesia around April and got the flavoured ones. Now I wanna know if I can buy them here in Sydney.

    Managed to bring a pack home from Singapore but that lasted us one afternoon. lol

    • kaoko says:

      I envy you! How were you able to bring them home? Did you use special packaging? I’d love to bring some home too, but I worry about it spoiling. How long was your flight home? I can just imagine how happy your kids were, tearing through the ones you brought home :)

      • Cedrico says:

        Kaoko,

        I was trying my luck. I bought a pack of flavoured Yakult from a shop in Singapore, our flight to Sydney was around 7 hours. I put it into a hand carry and still declared food (didn’t mention Yakult lol) they looked at it & let us pass. I thought what the heck if they want to throw it away let them. Now I wish I bought more, cause it only last us one afternoon, My kids went straight for it.

      • kaoko says:

        So encouraging! Now you know what I’m planning for my next trip to Singapore. Last time, I managed to bring home some sugarcane juice via the 7-eleven shop inside the airport. Mebbe I should’ve checked if they had Yakult too. *facepalm*

      • Cedrico says:

        Kaoko,

        Yes, I bought the Yakult at 7 eleven. So you won’t have problems there. Sugar cane juice you can buy here, even freshly crushed ones. But flavoured Yakult is still only a dream.

      • kaoko says:

        Ah, I forgot. It’s not just Sugar Cane juice—it’s a water chestnut and sugar cane combination that I love. Sugar cane juice, we can get here fresh too.

  18. Pat says:

    Yummy, yummy….. my family loves YAKULT, especially the small one….guess what?….becoz they knew of Dr. Shirota research. In Malaysia every 80ml contains 30 billion live Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain from Japan. That enough GOOD bacteria to keep us healthy.

    • kaoko says:

      Heehee, I have to admit, despite the health benefits of Yakult, it’s really the taste that has me loving it. Of course it’s good that it’s good for the body too.

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  20. Amy Stewart says:

    I grew up drinking Yakult, this is my favorite probioitc milk.

  21. John Kleeman says:

    Hey actually did have flavoured yakult a in Australia not that long ago and my mum would always by them for me and it was the best, but no matter where I look I can’t did them anywhere!

  22. John Kleeman says:

    Sorry I meant to say they did have it in Australia and I can’t find it anywhere

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