Thai BasilSpicy Leaves
Thai Basil leaves have a more pronounced aniseed flavour than the classic Sweet Basil. The leaves have a slight purple tint, and a sweet liquorice scent. Thai Basil is a truly beautiful plant and it produces one of my very favourite flowers – they are tiny but pack a standout, intense flavour and have a beautiful, delicate appearance.
The liquorice / anise flavours of this leaf make it ideal for use in a numerous classic Pan-Asian, Vietnamese, Cambodian and Thai dishes. They come to the fore in simple dishes like ‘Drunken Noodles‘ (Pad Kee Mao) and add a touch of sophistication to gourmet cocktails like the Thai Town Mule developed by barman Dino Balocchi at Littlefork, Los Angeles or Wayne Collins’ Asian influenced Lygon St Collins.