A comparo of probiotic drinks (aka Korean yogurt) for the Peter Kavinskys out there

Kat Mayuga

If you’ve watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, then you’d remember the scene where Peter Kavinsky drove a long way just to buy Korean yogurt smoothie for Lara Jean. But what they call ‘Korean yogurt’ turns out to be a familiar drink called Yakult, thus the debate on what it should be called.

If you’re one of those people who don’t mind whatever it is named, then here is a comparo of the different Korean yogurt – I mean probiotic drinks which you can grab from the market. Don’t worry, these are available at convenience stores, so you wouldn’t have to go out on a long road trip just to get your hands on these.




This is considered as the OG among the list. Filipinos have loved this brand for decades. Started in Japan, Yakult is one of the famous probiotic drinks around since it has been in the game for over 80 years. The best part about this drink is that it can be seen almost anywhere! You can buy them at supermarkets, convenience stores, drug stores, and sari-sari stores. Besides that, there are also Yakult Ladies who deliver these goods directly to your doorstep. Talk about convenience!

Here’s a fun fact: the name Yakult was derived from the Esperanto word ‘jahurto’ which means ‘yogurt’. I’ll leave you to be the judge on whether you’ll consider the term ‘yogurt smoothie’ appropriate.

Yakult Light


Fitness junks will give praise to this version of Yakult. There may be times when you want to be more careful with what you eat and drink. If you’re keeping an eye on your sugar intake, you can still enjoy the taste of Yakult with this lighter version. It’s just like the original Yakult, but for just a few pesos more, it has less sugar and calories. It also comes in the same size, which is 80 ml. Just because you’re on a strict diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a refreshing bottle of Korean yog – I mean Yakult.

Dutch Mill Delight


Although this brand is relatively new to the competition, it has its own merits. Unlike the previous two which come in only 80 ml bottles, Delight comes in bigger servings – 100 ml or 400 ml. If you’re one of those who signed a petition for Yakult to make bigger bottles, this one is a great alternative.

Go Long Cultured Milk


Last but not the least is the Go Long Cultured Milk. This Taiwanese brand will quickly catch your attention with its large bottle. It’s almost thrice Yakult’s size so it’s also good news for those who are wishing for a bigger serving. Go Long is currently only available at 7-Eleven stores, but it’s no biggie since there’s a 7-Eleven in almost every corner of the Philippines!

Whether you’re drinking them for their health benefits or for their taste alone, these drinks are great to share with the Lara Jean or Peter Kavinsky of your life. Have you tried them? Which of these is your favorite?

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