You asked: Can I substitute basil for Thai basil?

Can I use regular basil instead of Thai basil?

Regular or sweet basil can be an excellent substitute for Thai basil. Flavor – Sweet basil has a distinctive taste. The taste is a mixture of peppery, anise, and sweetness. On the other hand, Thai basil has a licorice like aroma, and is a bit spicy.

What can I use to substitute Thai basil?

Can You Substitute Sweet Basil for Thai Basil? Sweet basil can work in place of Thai basil in a pinch, but you will lose the kick that Thai basil brings to any dish. Supplementing with other fresh herbs like mint or cilantro can help make up for some of that flavor loss.

What do you use Thai basil for?

Thai basil stands up to cooking a little better than sweet basil, making it a good choice for soups, stir-fries, and curries. It can also be eaten raw sprinkled over salads or cold noodles dishes, and used interchangeably with sweet basils in most recipes.

Can I use Thai basil in Italian cooking?

You can substitute Thai Basil for Italian basil (Sweet or Large Leaf). Keep in mind that Thai basil does have a peppery spiciness, and the flavor profile of the finished dish may be far from what you’re used to eating.

Is Thai basil the same as Vietnamese mint?

Vietnamese mint smells similar to Thai basil but it is far more pungent with a hot bite and slight numbing character and a strong alkalinity. Also known as hot mint, it is the leaf to use in Malaysian laksa soups, and is often simply known as laksa leaf. It’s also used as a salad ingredient, and cooked dishes.

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