cooking substitutes


Question by  Bojas (1)

What can be used as an alternative to the thai Pandan with the same results?


Answer by  FluffyKitty (109)

There is no exact substitute for the Pandan leaf but my husband who is chef trained says that you can try bay leaf with a little bit of dried basil or tarragon added. If you try to use the tarragon go very light with it since it is very strong.


Answer by  FrankieRoma (84)

For dessert recipes you can't really use an alternative to the Pandan leaf but you could look for either the extract that was mentioned below or you can get a Pandan paste at most oriental or gourmet food stores. Ask a clerk for Koepoe-Koepoe or the durian pastes.


Answer by  Denver283 (76)

If the recipe you are using calls for the food to be wrapped in the Pandan leaf you can use a banana leaf, parchment paper or even wax paper as a supplement though I think the banana leaf would be best. Most asian stores carry at least the dry leaves.


Answer by  onecrore (196)

For those who don't know, Pandan is a leaf that is added to stews, sauces and marinades to add flavor. The leaves can be fresh or frozen - but if you can find those at a local asian market, you can use the extract. Pandan is also called "Screwpine")

Reply by RowdyDawg (106):
The people in the stores don't always know that Pandan Leaf and Screw Pine are the same and consequently don't realize they have it.  add a comment
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