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krachai (Thai)


Language: Thai

Description: Galangal. Galangale is the rhizome of a plant of the ginger family, although it is smaller and more shrivelled. It has more translucent, flesh-coloured skin than the rhizome of ginger. It is peeled and grated or thinly sliced and used in the same way that fresh ginger is used, but has a slightly more complex flavour reminiscent of camphor. Greater galangal resembles a cross between ginger and pepper; lesser galangal is more pungent, with cardamom and eucalyptus flavours, whilst kempferia is the strongest.

Krachai, with thanks to Cho Mee Chinese Supermarket, Mill Road, Cambridge

Latin: Boesenbergia pandurata/Boesenbergia rotunda, Kaempferia pandurata
Ethnicity: Thai
Most frequent country: Thailand

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