Thai Basil: Flavor Profile
Is Thai basil the secret behind such exquisite East Asian cuisine? We have reason to believe so. Incredibly fragrant with sweet notes of licorice, you’ll do a double-take (double sniff?) when catching whiffs of this herb. Simply crumble one of our whole basil leaves into your next dish to see – and smell – the wonders of this spice.
- Our FARM TO TABLE whole Thai basil leaves are harvested from trusted farms in South Florida. They are air-dried in our facility immediately after harvest to ensure peak freshness, arriving at your home in DAYS not months like competitor’s leaves.
- Thai basil is an aromatic herb most often found in East Asian cooking. Offering flavors far beyond ordinary basil, we recommend that you welcome Thai basil as a staple on your spice shelf.
- Like many Thai and Vietnamese herbs, Thai basil has what it takes to transport your cooking to a complete aromatic and flavorful experience. It is one of the signature ingredients in drunken noodles (pad kee mao), an internationally adored dish.
- Your order is curated with discernment and hand-packed in our gourmet spice shop. Our attractive resealable bags keep your leaves fresh and protected during their short shipping journey to your kitchen.
- These Thai basil leaves have the best taste and fragrance available on the market due to our collaboration with local farmers and quick delivery times. Protected by the Burma Spice customer satisfaction guarantee (or your money back).
Cooking with Thai Basil
You can swap in dried Thai basil for many recipes that call for regular dried basil. A homemade pizza sauce with this substitution is a surprising pleasure. Or, try your hand at an East Asian recipe. Thai basil (hung que) is popular in traditional Vietnamese dishes like bun bo hue, pho, and bahn xeo.
Thai Curry: Similar to purple basil, Thai basil has aromatic hints of anise that blend wonderfully with red, yellow, and green curries. While we always encourage fresh Thai herbs in our recipes, you can’t go wrong with a few of our dried basil leaves (pronounced horapha in the native tongue) sprinkled in for extra flavor.
Cambodian Cuisine: Thai basil (mreah-pruv) is an essential herb in Khmer kitchens. Discover the delicate balance between salty, sweet, sour, and spicy in one of the many Cambodian dishes that call for this special spice.
Stir Frys: The aromatics go on full display when searing in a stir fry. As the sense of smell and memory are intertwined, it is an experience you won’t forget. Go with one of the greats like pad kaphrao moo (spicy thai basil pork). Blend it with Maenglak, lemon basil, in a chicken stir fry. Or mix up an invention of your own! Just don’t forget the Thai basil.
Italian Asian Fusion: A culinary match made in heaven. Simply replace your typical tablespoon of dried basil with some crumpled Thai basil leaves…and see what happens. Spoiler Alert: You’ll be pleased! Tomato sauces that include Italian sausage or peppers pair particularly well with Asian basil.
How Is Thai Basil Different From Other Basils?
While Thai basil (Ocimum basilicum) and Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) are often mistaken as the same, they are different species. You’ll have the best luck at telling them apart by the unique licorice smell of Thai basil. Holy basil – or Tulsi – has peppery notes.
Ordinary basil is sweet and delicate, yes. But our Thai basil leaves are a bolder force of nature. While growing fresh on our South Florida farms, you can distinguish them by their purple stems and sturdy leaves. They’re beautiful plants with a flavor and taste profile to match.