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nasilemak Mar 8, 2011 12:31 PM

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

  1. galleygirl 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 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 Mar 9, 2011 07:28 AM

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

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          galangatron 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

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            qianning 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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        qianning 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 Mar 9, 2011 08:30 AM

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

        2. galangatron 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

          1. PinchOfSalt 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.

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              zogness 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 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

                1. re: zogness
                  PinchOfSalt 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.

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