Galangal is a rhizome with a hot, ginger-peppery taste. In texture it is a bit firmer than fresh ginger and it's a bit less fibrous with a finer skin. Galangal is often used as a substitute for ginger. Galangal has a mildly resinous aroma, reminiscent of pine and can be found in Asian groceries stores.
Ethnicity: Southeast Asia
Season: available year-round
How to select: Choose firm pieces, heavy for their size.
How to store: Store at cool, room temperature or in a breathable bag in the fridge.
How to prepare: sliced, grated, or whole
Matches well with: garlic, shallots, lime, fish sauce