Similar in appearance to ginger, galangal has a pervading perfume and pungency associated with Asian cuisine. It gives Thai food its characteristic flavor and goes well in all Asian curries.
Ground Galangal (formerly called Laos powder) is easier to work with than whole Galangal and is commonly called for in recipes.
The flavor is similar to ginger, but more flowery and intense.
Use small amounts when starting out. Its flavor combines with ginger and lemon grass in Thai cooking, and with white pepper and/or cayenne for seasoning fish, meat or poultry.
Use Herbie’s Spices Galangal Slices in soups such as Tom Yum and the powder in curries, stir-frys and sauces.
Galangal is considered to be similar to ginger root in its taste and health benefits. It is thought to have immune boosting properties and antifungal affects. It may help to improve blood circulation. Galangal has anti-inflammatory properties and is beneficial for those suffering from arthritis and similar ailments. It can help to reduce digestive discomforts, reducing gas and soothing ulcers lining the digestive tract. Galangal is also considered beneficial in curbing motion sickness, nausea and stomach upsets.
Other Common Names
Java Root, Galanga, Laos Powder, Lengkuas.