Can I use sweet basil instead of Thai basil?
Perfect for Southeast Asian dishes, the purple-stemmed Thai basil has a bright mint and citrus flavor. In a pinch, you can substitute sweet basil for Thai basil.
What can I use if I don’t have Thai basil?
No Thai Basil? No problem! Some recipes call for Thai basil, a pungent variety that can be hard to find in grocery stores. To duplicate its flavor, use common “Italian” basil and add a few fresh mint sprigs to the recipe.
Can I use sweet basil for Thai food?
However, sweet basil doesn’t have the vibrant peppery flavor that holy basil has, and so to get this dish to taste the way it tastes in Thailand, you really can’t substitute another type of basil for holy basil.
Should I let Thai basil flower?
Check your basil plants frequently for flowers, and if you see any, pinch them off right away. If the flower stems are too woody to pinch (often the case with Thai basil), cut them off with shears. A plant allowed to flower will soon go to seed, stop growing, and die, so be vigilant about removing flowers.
Can I use Thai basil in pasta?
You can do the same recipes as basil, either mixing the two (they go very well together IMO) or using just Thai. The result will not be the same, as of course Thai has a different flavor, but interesting nonetheless.