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Where can I find fresh galangal?

chefematician Jan 16, 2011 10:54 AM

The title pretty much says it all. I'm in Allston, but I have a car so I'm willing to drive a bit if necessary.

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    cambridgedoctpr Jan 16, 2011 11:04 AM

    try calling whole foods in alewife; i think that i saw it there.

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      skippy66 Jan 16, 2011 11:09 AM

      Last time I got it, I got it at H-Mart in Burlington.

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      H-Mart
      3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

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        nasilemak Jan 16, 2011 12:11 PM

        H Mart is a tough spot to obtain south east asian ingredients, even common ones like lemongrass. Maybe they are gone by the time weekend rolls around and shoppers like me step in.

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          Bob Dobalina Jan 18, 2011 04:57 AM

          I bought galangal at H-Mart a few weeks ago. It was a snowy weeknight, tho.

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          H-Mart
          3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

      2. crowdingthepan Jan 16, 2011 11:10 AM

        I just bought some yesterday at the Hong Kong Market (Formerly Super 88). They sell it in small pieces on plastic wrapped styrofoam trays.

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          chefematician Jan 16, 2011 11:17 AM

          The one on Brighton Ave?

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            Luther Jan 16, 2011 01:31 PM

            yes. I also saw it there this weekend

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              rlove Jan 16, 2011 01:53 PM

              Yes. 1 Brighton Ave at Commonwealth Ave.

              I saw plenty of galangal there about two hours ago (Saturday afternoon). It is in the refrigerated part of the produce section.

          2. galangatron Jan 16, 2011 12:05 PM

            hong kong market and sunrise market on brighton ave should have it

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              Madrid Jan 16, 2011 12:06 PM

              Thanks to galangatron, who refreshed my memory on the fresh tumeric question, I can say I got my last batch with the fresh tumeric at angkor thom market on shirley ave in revere. It freezes well, buy a bunch.

              I did get both the fresh tumeric and some fresh galangal at the Fresh Pond WF in the past, but every time I look recently, neither.

              This should probably be a new topic, but if there is anyone out there qualified to give a tour of SE Asian produce I'd love to participate. I'm still looking for lots of Malay/Burma/ etc. ingredients.

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                chefematician Jan 16, 2011 04:32 PM

                I'm certainly not qualified to give a tour, but I'd also love to participate in one Madrid. Keep me posted and if you find a qualified guide, I'm in!

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                  cassis Jan 17, 2011 08:38 AM

                  Me too!
                  What a great idea (galangatron, would you be interested in being the guide?)
                  Actually, not just SE Asian, but any of the Asian cuisine ingredients merit a tour.

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                    Madrid Jan 17, 2011 11:46 AM

                    Jim Becker gives Chinatown market tours and Michele Topor does the same for the North End.

                    http://www.zerve.com/MicheleTopor

                    But I don't think there is a SE Asian focus...maybe I"ll email them to ask.

              2. MC Slim JB Jan 16, 2011 01:16 PM

                You've obviously got closer options, but I routinely see it at C-Mart and Ming's in the South End.

                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                1. chefematician Jan 16, 2011 04:30 PM

                  Thanks all! I found galangal at Super 88/Hong Kong Market. Although they didn't have kaffir lime leaves. I was told that they're out of season. My tom kha gai was tasty even without them.

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                    Madrid Jan 16, 2011 05:10 PM

                    Hey, glad you found the galangal, Christina's usually has the lime leaves, frozen..., you have to ask for them....

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                      rlove Jan 16, 2011 05:40 PM

                      Today (and for the last two weeks or so), Formaggio Kitchen has had both kaffir lime leaves and fresh, whole kaffir limes. The whole limes were gorgeous. They also had beautiful yuzu, which I had not noticed until today.

                      I haven't seen them at South End Formaggio; just Formaggio Kitchen.

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                      Formaggio Kitchen
                      244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

                      South End Formaggio
                      268 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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                        Madrid Jan 17, 2011 04:57 AM

                        ohhhhhhh, know where I'm going today! thanks for the tip.

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                          chefematician Jan 17, 2011 07:38 AM

                          I tend to forget that Formaggio Kitchen offers that kind of stuff. I always so focused on tasting the cheese so the produce/specialty foods never get a lot of my attention. That needs to change! Thanks rlove!

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                          Formaggio Kitchen
                          244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                        OakTownHound Jan 16, 2011 06:02 PM

                        I was at both Russo's and the Allston Super 88 today, and Russo's fresh galangal looked much better - younger, more tender roots as opposed to old gnarly ones at Super 88. Probably not a big difference in a soup, but makes a huge difference if you're using the galangal raw in a salad, for example.

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