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Thai Herbs

& Ingredients

The essence of authentic Thai cuisine lies in its herbs & spices. For centuries, they have been contributing to the making of time honoured  dishes that reflect the true spirit of Thailand. When used in combination, they help achieve a balance of the five fundamental Thai tastes. The following are some of the herbs commonly used in the cooking & those which are increasingly known & available worldwide.



Three varieties with different fragrances are used. The most common is Bai Horapha (Sweet Basil), which has a slight aniseed flavour and a reddish purple colour at the leafstalk, often sprinkled on curries. Others are Bai Kahrao (Holy Basil), often stir-fried with meat, which has hotter flavour, and slightly hairy Bai Maenglak (Hoary Basil), a milder form often sprinkled over soups and salads. When these are not available, western sweet basil may be used, though the taste will be somewhat different

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