In a nutshell: A rare and fragrant rhizome sourced from Bali with a fresh taste and intriguing citrus aroma.
Used like ginger, banglé is distinguished by its bright yellow colour. Its unique aroma recalls ginger, turmeric, kentjur and galangal with accents of bergamot and grapefruit.
In Balinese meat and duck dishes, Banglé is commonly used in complex and rich spice pastes. Banglé is known for its fresh taste, which makes it suitable in pork and game dishes. It can also be used like ginger in seafood recipes – a small amount of Banglé gives lobster and cream or crab salad a welcome zest.
About Épices de Cru
Épices de Cru began in 1982 as a catering partnership between Philippe and Ethné de Vienne. Their mission was a kind of “cooking pot anthropology:” learning the secrets of family cooking around the world and applying these techniques to the needs of hungry Montrealers. The secret, they learned, was spices. Over the last two decades, Philippe and Ethné have searched for the world’s best spices, accompanied by their children, Marika and Arik. The de Viennes believe in direct sourcing spices: visiting growing regions, spending time with growers, and developing personal relationships that last decades. In 2004, they officially opened their first spice shop in Montreal’s fantastic Jean Talon market– it’s since become a mecca for foodies from all over the world. I first visited in 2008 and have been buying and using their spices on a regular basis ever since that first exciting visit. They steadfastly maintain that they do nothing original, only facilitating the exchange of culinary common sense from one place to another. But, what they do is simply quite brilliant - by providing us with the finest quality ingredients, and their superb spice mixes, we can all experiment with unusual spices and recreate delicious recipes from around the world.