from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A plant (Alpinia officinarum) of eastern Asia, having pungent, aromatic roots used medicinally and as seasoning.
- n. The dried roots of this plant.
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- n. Any of several east Asian plants of the ginger family, used as a spice, but principally Alpinia galanga.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dried rhizome brought from China and used in medicine (but much less than formerly), being an aromatic stimulant of the nature of ginger.
- n. A sedge, Cyperus longus, with an aromatic tuberous root. Also called English galangal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. European sedge having rough-edged leaves and spikelets of reddish flowers and aromatic roots
- n. southeastern Asian perennial with aromatic roots
"The spice of life," as she called galangal, appears in many Hildegard formulas.
A return visit snagged me my galangal, which is like ginger and coriander having a party in your mouth.
They used many spices, some of which we no longer use (zedoary, long pepper), others of which today are associated with ethnic cuisine (such as galangal, an important ingredient of Thai cooking).
I have a brochure produced by Malaysian Tourism Ministry to promote some common cuisine of Malaysians and in one of the pages, it shows the picture of herbs the Malays use in their cuisines with English names, including lengkuas which was given 'galangal' as its English equivalent name.
You'll also find common Thai ingredients throughout the menu, such as galangal, lemongrass, lime-chili sauce, yellow-bean paste and bamboo shoots.
At another event, the menu featured naniura, carp prepared sashimi-style but infused with turmeric, galangal and andaliman, an Indonesian relative of Sichuan pepper, resulting in a dish similar to ceviche.
Coconut milk base with galangal, mashroom and lemon leaf
Ingredient lists contained nigella seeds, manouri and galangal with little, if any, explanation.
A sample half of Golden Triangle's City Gold (£1.50) was in fair condition, while a bowl of creamy, fragrant chicken, galangal and coconut milk soup (£4.95) was probably the single best thing that I ate in Norwich.
Peel the galangal and grate it very finely, then add to the carrots and pork.