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Looking for lesser ginger

nasilemak Mar 8, 2011 12:31 PM

Otherwise known as grachai in thai. Either frozen or fresh. Has anyone seen it in the supermarkets?

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  1. PinchOfSalt RE: nasilemak Mar 8, 2011 12:38 PM

    I have never seen it fresh in the Boston area. I have seen it frozen at H-Mart and at some point at Super88, though I don't know if they have continued to carry it since the change in ownership.

    3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

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      zogness RE: PinchOfSalt Mar 9, 2011 05:32 AM

      I think I have seen it fresh at HMart or maybe I'm thinking of the fresh tumeric at the Moody Street Indian markets. In any case, I just bought a pound of dried galangal from templeofthai.com. I have not used any yet but I think it will have plenty of flavour for tom kai gar.

      1. re: zogness
        galangatron RE: zogness Mar 9, 2011 08:29 AM

        you might be thinking of ginseng. they usually have it fresh in the produce section at h-mart and it looks similar to krachai

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          PinchOfSalt RE: zogness Mar 9, 2011 09:05 AM

          no need to purchase dried galangal. It's pretty easy to find some fresh. Russo's has it sometimes. Just about any market that specializes in SE Asian produce is a good bet.

      2. galangatron RE: nasilemak Mar 8, 2011 01:08 PM

        any se asian market should have frozen krachai in the freezer chest. i usually get it at angkor wat market on shirley ave in revere

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          qianning RE: nasilemak Mar 9, 2011 05:48 AM

          The package of Krachai (EastLand brand) in my freezer has a battambang (Battambang, Church St. Lowell) price sticker on it. Recently though I've noticed that Ming's near the Herald has been carrying quite a few frozen EastLand aromatics/roots, so if that is easier/more convenient for you it might be worth checking out, but I can't remeber exactly which rhizomes they had when I looked.

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          1. re: qianning
            galangatron RE: qianning Mar 9, 2011 08:30 AM

            i have gotten it frozen at battambang market in lowell too but revere might be closer

          2. galleygirl RE: nasilemak Mar 9, 2011 06:30 AM

            I always find it in jars. Is that the wrong way to buy it?Where are you located?

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              nasilemak RE: galleygirl Mar 9, 2011 07:27 AM

              i've read somewhere that, in lieu of fresh ones, it is preferable to get the frozen ones rather than the ones in jars.

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                nasilemak RE: galleygirl Mar 9, 2011 07:28 AM

                I suspect going to revere or lowell would be my best bet.

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                  galangatron RE: nasilemak Mar 9, 2011 08:33 AM

                  you should definitely be able to find it at the se asian markets in revere. try angkor wat market and angkor thom market on shirley ave

                  1. re: galangatron
                    qianning RE: galangatron Mar 9, 2011 10:21 AM

                    Shirley ave revere is probably your best bet, but if lowell turns out to be closer battambang isn't what it used to be but still has a pretty good frozen section, and if not there I'd try The New Asia Market (where Paolin used to be) or Hong Kong Market.

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