Don't confuse this spice for ginger. While ginger and galangal are both members of the rhizome family and look very similar, they have very different tastes.
Galangal, also known as Thai ginger, is a rhyzome, a type of underground creeping stem of a plant that sends out shooters to create new plants. Unlike ginger, galangal has a sharp citrusy, almost piney flavour.
Galangal is the perfect seasoning for a variety of meats, vegetable and fish dishes as well as being a key ingredient in many spice blends.