Galangal: ginger's charming cousin
Galangal is an essential aromatic used in many South Asian dishes. You may be asking yourself...what is galangal?
It could be mistaken for ginger and it is in the ginger family but is not ginger. Galangal is like a smoother more charming cousin. It adds that zing that you can't quite put your finger on and we are featuring it in this week's Javanese Inspired Coconut Milk Chicken. When you taste your first bite, close your eyes and look for a zingy brightness... that is galangal!
You can find galangal at most Asian grocery stores, particularly those with a strong produce section. Try using it in your own cooking! Here is a great video from Thai Chef
Pailin Chongchitnant. She explains what galangal is, how it is used, and how to store it. We love incorporating unique ingredients into our cooking, and we hope you will give it a try too!