How would you refer to coconut milk? Is it milk or juice or something else?
I want to ask the man at the fruit and vegetable stand to give me a coconut with more milk in the center so I can use the milk for cooking with. I'm not sure whether it's just called leche de coco or whether they use a different term for the liquid- juice or oil or what have you.
"Leche de coco" is a product that you make by grinding the coconut pulp on a blender with some water (could be some of the coconut water), and then straining it through a piece of cloth. You get a white, coconut-flavored liquid, hence coconut-milk.
Often dry coconut is used for this, wich is why you put in on a blender with warm water. You can also get this coconut milk in cans, and it's called just that: "leche de coco", not to be confused with crema de coco, which is a thick, sweet, coconut-based cream used for other dishes and beverages.
If you are buying fresh green coconuts, and you are interested in the coconut water that comes inside (very refreshing on a hot day), then you are talking about "agua de coco". As I said, that is good to drink, but is not the same a leche de coco, and you can't substitute one for the other.
In Mexico, it's referred to as Jugo o agua del coco.
I think it is "leche de coco"