Thai Herbs and Ingredients (and Substitute)

Many Thai food recipes use lots of Thai herbs or some special ingredients that give some unique aroma or texture. Why ingredients are so important? I believe that to make good food, you need some good and fresh ingredients. And in our recipes, we try to extract natural taste from our ingredients as much as possible.

So in this article, we are going to review these Thai ingredients for you. Where to buy Thai herbs/ingredients? Or what can I substitute for kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, Thai basil, or even coconut milk?

Kaffir Lime Leaves and Substitute for cooking Tom Yum, Phad Prik Khing, Thai Sour Spicy Soup, etc.

Lemongrass and Substitute for cooking Tom Yum, Lemongrass salad, Thai Sour Spicy Soup, Leaf-Wrapped Salad Bites (Miang Kham), etc.

Thai Basil and Holy Basil / Sweet Basil and Substitute for cooking green curry, stir fried basil (Pad Kra Pao), basil fried rice, stir fried Thai basil, etc.

Which brand of coconut milk should I buy? Review Aroy D Coconut Milk vs other coconut milk.

How to make the main ingredient for Laab or Larb (Thai meaty spicy “salad”).