Hakataya Sweetened Soymilk
Hakataya is known for making tofu and soya bean products the Japanese way. Its soya milk was the thickest of the five, the consistency being somewhere between full-fat milk and single cream. This was the sweetened option, but it seemed to contain only a tiny amount of sugar, which didn't detract from the richness of the soya beans. It was a little grainy, but without it, the intense soya flavour would be lost.
HK$23 (one litre), City'super, citywide
Sunrise - Soya Beverage Original
This large carton of soya milk from Canada is proudly labelled 'made with non-genetically modified' soya beans. The original flavour is quite sweet, and of medium thickness, like low-fat milk. It is smooth and velvety, making it easy to drink. Those looking for soya bean flavour might be disappointed, but if used as a dairy milk substitute in cooking, it means it wouldn't be obvious from a taste perspective.
HK$29.90 (1.89 litre), ParknShop, citywide
Soy Dream - Classic Original
This soya milk tastes incredibly moreish, probably owing to the addition of salt. It's also lightly sweetened by organic rice syrup, which gives it a slightly toasty flavour. Certified organic by the US Department of Agriculture, it doesn't require refrigeration unless opened. While neither cloying nor watery, it does leave a disconcerting powdery feel on the tongue.
HK$35 (one litre), Oliver's The Delicatessen, 2/F Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road, Central
Connoisseur Handmade Organic Soya Milk (sweetened)
Made with certified organic soya beans, this is a typical Cantonese-style soya milk. It has the thinnest texture but great soya bean flavour. This sweetened version contains a touch of muscovado sugar, giving it a slightly darker colour and a mellow flavour.
HK$10 (350ml), Connoisseur Groceries, shop 131, North Block, Bowrington Road Market, Wan Chai, and Apita, Cityplaza 2, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo
With the addition of anti-caking agents and stabilisers, this soya milk from Japan is both extremely thick, with a high soya bean content, and smooth, but it doesn't leave any graininess on the tongue. Curiously, brewery vinegar has been added, as has potassium chloride, a mineral salt. The result is a distinct flavour, like a mixture of malt beer and bubblegum.
HK$32 (one litre), Great Food Hall, Basement, Two Pacific Place, Queensway, Admiralty