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Galangal is a rhizome with a hot, ginger-peppery flavor. Greater galangal, also called Laos ginger, Siamese ginger and Thai ginger, is the best known and most widely available. Laos ginger is the name given to the powdered form of greater galangal, which is slightly more intense than the fresh form. Greater galangal can be found in Asian markets. Lesser galangal has an orangish flesh and a much stronger, hotter flavor. It's not as well known and is seldom seen in the United States.


Galangal is used primarily as a seasoning. This creamy white-fleshed rhizome is often used as a substitute for ginger.


Galangal grows throughout Southeast Asia and is particularly popular in Thai cooking.


Brown skin, off-white flesh

Flavor & Aroma

Biting and sweet

Sensory Profile

Sharp and refreshing, similar to ginger

    Sep. 30, 2011 5:47 pm
    Excellent recipes, have prepared super meals. Thank you
    Dec. 3, 2011 1:07 pm
    Great general cooking info, now i can add new interests to old recipes that use ginger
    Apr. 5, 2012 11:27 pm
    Galangal is not a substitute for ginger. In fact, they taste completely different. My husband is Indonesian, so I've been cooking and studying Southeast Asian food for 4 years now, and in their recipes, galangal is combined with ginger, lemongrass and other spices. Galangal has a strong lemony taste and is quite delicious if utilized in the proper way.
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