When it comes to Thai cuisine, many components come together to create flavorful and memorable dishes. At the heart of this culinary magic lies a rich tapestry of spices and herbs that infuse Thai dishes with their distinctive character. Thatâ€™s why this month, one of your favorite restaurants in Nashua, Giant of Siam, is talking about three of the most common herbs youâ€™ll find in Thai cooking and how they contribute to the delicious flavor of many dishes!
Lemongrass is a fundamental ingredient in Thai cuisine, contributing its bright and zesty essence to many dishes. In Tom Yum Soup, it infuses the broth with its citrusy aroma, while in Tom Kha Gai, it pairs well with coconut milk for a creamy and fragrant soup. Lemongrass also plays a vital role in Thai curry pastes, adding a fresh and tangy note to the rich and spicy concoctions.Â
Thai basil, with its aromatic leaves and distinctive flavor, takes center stage in several Thai classics. It tastes sweet, peppery, and mildly licorice-like. In Pad Krapow, its vibrant leaves are torn and stir-fried with chicken or beef, resulting in a fragrant and savory dish. Thai basil also lends its signature essence to Green Curry, balancing the heat of chili peppers with its natural sweetness.
Kaffir lime leaves are prized for their potent citrus fragrance and unique double-lobed shape. They are a vital component in both Tom Kha Gai and Tom Yum Soup, where they impart a refreshing and zesty flavor. In Green Curry, these leaves contribute to the curry paste’s complexity, making it an indispensable herb in Thai cuisine!
Whether youâ€™re craving something for lunch or dinner, we have a little bit of everything to settle your cravings here at one of your favorite restaurants in Nashua! For more information on our food options, we encourage you to check out our online menu or call ahead to order today! In the meantime, we look forward to dining with you!