Thai spices – Galangal


Galangal belongs to the ginger family, sometimes called Siamese Ginger, is a popular spice in Thailand and other Southeast Asia countries. It can be bought in the dried, ground form but the best, like ginger, is to be used fresh. It is important ingredient in Thai curries and necessary for dishes such as Tom Yum soup.

Thai spices at Damnoen Saduak market

Thai spices at Damnoen Saduak market

Damnoen Saduak market, in addition to the floating part where fruit and food are sold from small wooden boats, has also a large section of stalls selling all possible goods a tourist might be interested in.
An impressive selection of dried spices is offered, and the price of course depends on your negotiating skills.
Spices sold at this market include among others: galangal, lemongrass, chili, kaffir lime, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

The floating market of Damnoen Saduak, is the most popular floating market in Thailand and the major tourist attraction. It is around 100 km from Bangkok and a drive of some 1 ½ h. Small wooden boats crowed the canals, with locals offering a choice of Thai fruits, snacks and spices.

Pad Thai dish

Pad Thai dish

Second, after the Tom Yum soup, most popular Thai dish around the world is considered the Pad Thai dish. It is made from stir fried rice noodles with eggs and tofu or sea food (shrimp, crab) or chicken, and vegetables such as bean sprouts, shallots. It is typically flavored with tamarind paste, fish sauce, lime, garlic and chili. Often it is served with crushed peanuts.

Tom Yum soup

Tom Yum soup

Probably two most popular around the world Thai dishes are: the Tom Yum (or Tom Yam) soup and the Pad Thai.
The Tom Yum soup is a delightful combination of spicy hot and sour, with flavor provided by the lemon grass, lime leaves, galangal, fish sauce, and the hot by chili. Its basis forms the broth with spices, additions are typically mushrooms and shrimps/ prawns. Tom Yum Goong is the name of the soup with prawns. Tom Yum soup is very popular in Thailand and in Laos. It is also served in Malaysia and Singapore