The Difference Between Holy Thai Basil (Krapow) & Sweet Thai Basil (Horapa)

It seems so many people can’t differentiate these two kinds of herbs, Holy Thai Basil (Krapow) and Sweet Thai Basil (Horapa). Besides, many restaurants also use the wrong type of basil in their cooking. Baan Ying Singapore with the vision of serving great Thai taste and flavours would seek to share the world of the two commonly used basils in Thai cuisine.

Holy Thai Basil (Krapow) and Sweet Thai Basil (Horapa) are members of the mint family. There are more than 40 basil variations, including lemon, cinnamon and Thai basil. Basil plants can be grown in a home garden.

Since their appearance is very similar, they are actually different in many ways. The leaves of Holy Thai Basil (Krapow) are grey-green in color, coarse to the touch, and have rigged edges. While the Sweet Thai Basil (Horapa) leaves are deep green and tend to be smooth with smooth edges.

Holy Thai Basil (Krapow) has a spicy aroma, and Sweet Thai Basil (Horapa) has a sweet fragrance. Holy Thai Basil and Sweet Thai Basil tend to have sharp flavors when raw, which is similar to other varieties of greens. Holy Thai basil (Krapow) varieties all have strong flavor and aroma, and leaves will bruise and emit scent easily.

Both Holy Thai Basil (Krapow) and Sweet Thai Basil (Horapa) contain large of the benefits. The majority of the great benefits of Holy Thai Basil (Krapow) can be attributed to its volatile oils and flavonoids – powerful, plant-based antioxidants that reduce inflammation, help fight aging, and promote healthy arteries whereas Sweet Thai Basil (Horapa) helps your body adapt to stress and promotes mental balance.  Sweet Thai Basil (Horapa) also provides vitamin A and C, calcium, zinc, iron, chlorophyll.

Holy Thai Basil (Krapow) and Sweet Thai Basil (Horapa) can be cooked or served raw in similar styles. Grind up raw basil in a food processor with pine nuts, garlic and olive oil to make homemade pesto sauce for pasta. Add torn leaves to a soup, stir fry or casserole to add a strong fragrance and fresh, herbal flavor.

Baan Ying Singapore proudly serves dishes with those two authentic ingredients, Holy Thai  Basil (Krapow) and Sweet Thai  Basil (Horapa), in the sense of real Thai dishes, and these are some recommendations:


  • Holy Thai  Basil (Krapow) Menu

1. Thai Basil Stir-fired Chicken/Pork (Pad Krapow Gai/Moo)

2. Tender Pork Rib in Spicy Broth ( Tom Zap Kra Dook Moo)


  • Sweet Thai Basil (Horapa) menu

1. Green Curry with Chicken (Gang Kiew Wan Gai)


2.. Stir-fried Eggplant  With Minced Pork, Garlic and Chili (Pad Ma Kue Yao)


3. Spicy Clams Stir-fried With Chili Paste (Hoi Lai Pad Prik Pao)

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