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Thai basil

Hopeful in Toronto Jun 20, 2006 10:02 PM

Has anyone found Thai basil in T.O. and if so, where?
I tried my local T & T - no luck.

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    Gary RE: Hopeful in Toronto Jun 21, 2006 07:59 AM

    There are several stores in the St. Lawrence Market (Jarvis & Front) that sell thai basil. One is on the lower level, across from the Chinese food takeout counter.

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      Mila RE: Gary Jun 21, 2006 12:30 PM

      East end Chinatown, Gerrard and Broadview, grocery stores usually always have it.

      Other hard to find asian treats as well, like galangal, garlic chives and much more.

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      hoagy294 RE: Hopeful in Toronto Jun 21, 2006 11:21 AM

      Try Spadina Ave, the stores on the east side just north of Dundas always carry it.

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        mikeb RE: Hopeful in Toronto Jun 22, 2006 09:14 AM

        Vientiane (2 Bradstock Rd) is near Weston Road and Sheppard. They have it and other Thai foodstuffs. It's the only Thai/Lao run grocery in Toronto that I know. I miss the days when it was much more conviently located on Spadina. Their phone is 416-743-2911 to check inventory before you go.

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          helen RE: Hopeful in Toronto Jun 23, 2006 04:00 PM

          easy to find in chinatown grocers. they are packed in styrofoam trays alon with other southeast asian herbs.

          1. NovoCuisine RE: Hopeful in Toronto Jul 1, 2006 01:02 PM

            I find your average supermarkets (Loblaws, Dominion) carry it nowadays. Usually located along with the overpriced plastic-packed herbs.

            Would definitely agree with the above comments and head to Chinatown for guaranteed availability and better price.

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              erly RE: Hopeful in Toronto Jul 1, 2006 02:10 PM

              I hate it when people say "make your own", when asked about where to eat a specific dish,...but this time of year it is so easy to buy the Thai Basil plant, and it grows like a weed.
              I always have a huge pot outside, and plant the various basil's each summer.
              Basil doesn't keep well once it is cut, and this way I have fresh basil on hand.
              It grows so rapidly that I am continually hacking at the plants so they shouldn't go to seed.
              Basil will also grow well inside as long as you have a sunny spot.

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