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