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Thai Basil? - Plainsboro, NJ/Edison, NJ

njeggy1 Mar 15, 2007 09:45 AM

Does anyone know where I can get Thai basil? I live in Plainsboro and went to the big Asian Food Market over there and they only had a package marked "basil". I am just starting with my Thai cooking, but I'm pretty sure that it's regular basil. I work in Edison, so if it takes going somewhere on my lunch break to get it, I'll do that. But I want to be absolutely sure the place has it before going. I get lost in those places.

  1. jen kalb Mar 15, 2007 09:51 AM

    if its in a chinese supermarket, its probably an oriental basil. There are several varieties used in vietnam, thailand etc. the most common one you will see here has purplish stems . but the bottom line is that any basil will probably serve in your dish.

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      nyebaby37 Mar 15, 2007 10:01 AM

      There is a Thai Restaurant AND grocery store on Stelton Road, past the mall in Piscataway. I think the name is Four Seasons (same owners as sawadee in metuchen).

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        OGguy Mar 16, 2007 06:05 AM

        Have you tried Kam Man Foods, the big Asian market on Route 1 south and Old Post Road in Edison?

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          njeggy1 Mar 16, 2007 10:23 AM

          No, I don't want to go out of my way to go somewhere that I don't know for certain it's at. But thanks!

        2. angelo04 Mar 16, 2007 06:44 AM

          Can't say I've ever noticed it in a store. I usually gorw it in a pot in the summer. Fresh is best but I freeze it for times like now when fresh isn't an option. I find it all over by me in Old Bridge at the nurseries when planting season arrives.

          1. frackit Mar 16, 2007 08:12 AM

            I go to the Asian Food Center all the time, right there on Plainsboro Rd & Center Dr. I pick up Thai Basil almost every time I go. I will look next time, but I believe it's even labeled as Thai Basil, in the produce section.

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              njeggy1 Mar 16, 2007 10:21 AM

              I looked all over in the produce section and couldn't find it. If you could tell me EXACTLY where it is located, that would be great. I get overwhelmed there. I'm just going to use the regular basil this time around since i bought it.

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              avidcook Mar 16, 2007 11:36 AM

              If the leaves were smallish and the stems a type of purple then it is thai basil. I shop there all the time.

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