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Mar 8, 2011 12:31 PM

Looking for lesser ginger

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

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  1. 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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    1. re: PinchOfSalt

      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 I have not used any yet but I think it will have plenty of flavour for tom kai gar.

      1. re: zogness

        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

          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. 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. 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

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

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

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            1. re: galleygirl

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

              1. re: galleygirl

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

                1. re: nasilemak

                  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

                    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.