Trang’s herb tips from the fresh food market

September 27, 2012 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)

Vietnamese herb tips

Jenny Handley

  • An infusion of cinnamon, ginger and lemon grass tea helps with flu.
  • Aniseed basil is best used for beef and noodle dishes, lemon basil for beef and salads.
  • Peppermint is ideal for chicken salad, stir-fries or noodle dishes.
  • Mint can be used in salads, teas and cocktails.
  • Coriander leaves are popular in soups and stir-fries, but add them afterwards, not while cooking. Most of the flavour comes from the stem, and the root has more flavour than the leaf.
  • Chives are an essential ingredient for fresh spring rolls.


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