• The roots of plants of the ginger family respectively greater galangal, lesser galangal and kempferia galangal. greater galangal has a flavour like a mixture of ginger and pepper with a sour overtone, lesser galangal is more pungent with a hint of cardamom and eucalyptus, whilst kempferia galangal has a stronger taste and is the variety found dried and sliced in the West.


  • noun the pungent underground stem of a ginger plant, sold fresh or dried and ground