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In Laos and Indonesia, Galangal is called “Blue Ginger”, in Thailand it is called “ka” or “kha” in , and Malaysia it is known as “lengkaus“. This root is a member of the ginger family and looks like ginger, but ginger may not be substituted for it. Both Persian and Southeast Asian recipes make use of galangal’s unique flavor, especially in curries and soups. During the Middle Ages in Europe, it was known as an aphrodisiac. In Thailand, it is still used as a remedy for stomach problems as much as it is a food flavoring.