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what is it?

This cousin of ginger is prized in Thai cusine for its extraordinary citrus-like flavor in soups and its burst of herbal heat in curry pastes. In its fresh form, its color ranges from delicate ivory to warm brown, depending on its exact variety and age. Round and plump with lots of thumb-like protrusions, it's always encircled with dark rings along the rounded chunks.

don't have it?

Fresh ginger root, though it doesn't have the same flavor nuances as galangal, can be substituted it in a pinch.

how to choose:

Fresh galangal can be found at many Asian grocery stores. You may also find dried galangal in large, woody-looking slices. These work wonderfully in many Thai dishes (see prep below for how to use them). Avoid dried galangal powder, which lacks the intense aroma and flavor of fresh.

how to prep:

To infuse a soup, galangal is usually sliced unpeeled. For curry pastes, it's peeled and chopped, then ground with the other paste ingredients.

To prep dried galangal, soak the slices in warm water for 20 to 30 minutes until pliable before using.

how to store:

Store fresh galangal loosely wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator for five to seven days. Or slice it thinly, arrange the slices in a single layer in a zip-top plastic bag, press out the air, seal tightly and freeze for up to six weeks (use frozen galangal slices without thawing them).

Comments (25)

Ashtonjames writes: Thanks for this information. Posted: 12:22 pm on February 26th

paulmennon writes: Nice One Posted: 10:29 am on February 2nd

alliancelimo writes: suspended Posted: 4:20 am on January 28th

alliancelimo writes: its good for health Posted: 4:16 am on January 28th

Carolyoung writes: very good Posted: 11:01 am on January 25th

dennysmudge writes: i like this ginger cousin's taste. Posted: 10:58 am on January 23rd

Junitahoffman writes: very gud ingredient Posted: 2:56 am on January 21st

DarylLee1 writes: I really like ginger, it is too good for health. Posted: 1:27 am on January 13th

DarylLee1 writes: nice job Posted: 1:18 am on January 13th

ajayind writes: ginger i like you Posted: 1:28 am on October 23rd

mickysingh writes: too good Posted: 6:29 am on October 21st

mickysingh writes: good ingredient Posted: 2:16 am on October 21st

prophc writes: awesome Posted: 4:45 am on October 12th

BrianKelly writes: wonderful Posted: 3:54 am on August 22nd

Austin_Ayword writes: good work Posted: 5:17 am on July 9th

Lissa53 writes: awesome post. Posted: 12:54 am on July 8th

Anna_Bloom writes: nice Posted: 5:38 am on July 6th

esteph6 writes: i hate ginger Posted: 2:52 am on July 6th

johan21 writes: awesome like it Posted: 2:28 am on July 6th

Brettlii writes: great Posted: 4:55 am on July 3rd

nickmerce writes: superbbbbbbb Posted: 2:42 am on April 30th

RosieKr writes: This is nice Posted: 1:47 am on April 8th

jamelee writes: good for heart Posted: 1:54 am on March 20th

johnsonpaul writes: nice one Posted: 12:45 am on March 11th

TempleofThai writes: The truth is that Ginger is not a substitute for Galangal, see Posted: 1:09 am on September 9th

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