Salam leaves are aromatic leaves used in Indonesian cooking similar in use to the bay leaf.
Indonesian bay leaf or Indonesian laurel (salam leaf, Syzygium polyanthum, Myrtaceae) is not commonly found outside of Indonesia; this herb is applied to meat and, less often vegetables. Salam leaf is not used raw, but is added – usually whole – to various curry-like dishes, stews and some sauces.
Substitute for Salam Leaves
- Bay leaves are not a good substitute so try curry leaves which can be found in Indian grocery stores.
- Rather than using bay leaf as a substitute if salam leaf is unavailable, omit the herb altogether.