Liuzhou Laowai

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Friday Food 79 – Sand Ginger

 chopsticksFriday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, sand ginger.

Sand ginger (Kaempferia galanga), also known as lesser galangal, is a root in the same family as normal ginger and is widely cultivated here in southern China. Known in Chinese as 沙姜, and available sliced and dried in most supermarkets, it is a key ingredient in 香料, as used in most hot pots. The stuff costs ¥90/kilo, but a kilo would be sufficient for everyone in your street for a year. More sensibly it is sold in 40g bags for around ¥3.50

Undried roots are also to be found in many markets.


The taste is much more peppery than regular ginger. It goes particularly well with chicken.

. This entry was posted on Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 7:00 am and is filed under Food and Drink, Friday Food. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Friday Food 79 – Sand Ginger”

  1. David Says:

    Sounds delicious . I’m thinking it’d make a great drink . Ever heard of it outside China ?

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    I don’t think it would work in a drink.

    Yes, I’ve heard of it outside China.

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