Galang..say what?! yes people. Galangal, a spice what looks a lot like ginger but much stronger in taste. A spice of which I can not imagine cooking without when preparing asian dishes, especially the Thai, Indonesian and Malay cuisine. Never buy Galangal that is wrinkled or shriveled. Store refrigerated uncut and unwrapped for up to 3 weeks. Galangal can be frozen too if tightly wrapped in foil. Galangal can be sliced and used to flavor soups and stews (don't forget to get the pieces out before serving it) or do what I do, just mix the Galangal together with other spices like garlic, ginger, red pepper, onions and some lime juice so you'll get a nice fresh spice-paste! It's really great for just anything! Grill your boring veggies with a spoon of this paste add a shot of soya sauce and you're DONE!
I love to use this little fella for cooking but who would have thought that these days Galangal is commonly prescribed by homoeopaths, veterinarians, and other health care professionals and natural healers. It has been found effective as a remedy for ailments and conditions like indigestion, stomach complaints, colds, flu, fevers, bad breath.. READ MORE
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