Is nutmeg a good substitute for cloves?

In a Pho soup for example.

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ChefJune
ChefJune March 2, 2015

No it's a completely different flavor. That doesn't mean you can't use it instead, but it certainly won't taste the same at all.

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Genevieve LR
Genevieve LR March 2, 2015

Thanks! Do you know any website with information for good spice substitutes? The one I found was not on point it seems!

Nancy
Nancy March 2, 2015

How much clove in the recipe? if small amount, just omit (and maybe boost other seasonings, if needed after you taste). Also, why are you wanting substitute - don't like, don't have, just want a change from cloves? clove is stronger and sharper tHan nutmeg. Possible substitutes (not identical but interesting) are star anise & sxechuan pepper, in the Asian pantry, tea Masala, ras el hanout or Hawaiij (complex warm & peppery blends from India, north africa & Yemen).

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