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.
Bird’s Eye Chili also called Bird’s Chili or Thai Chili are chili peppers popular in Southeast Asian cuisine. These peppers are small but very hot. They are popular in Thai dishes such as curries, salads and sauces.
Lemongrass with its lemon flavor is a necessary ingredient in Thai cooking and also popular in other Southeast Asian countries. It is a must for the Tom Yum soup. It is sold as fresh stalks or sometimes in the frozen form.
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.
Thai food offered from the small wooden boat at the Damnoen Saduak floating market in Thailand
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.
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.