Épices de Cru Krai Chai


In a nutshell: Very popular in Thai cuisine, Krai chai or lesser galangal adds a pungent, peppery flavour to soups and stir-fries.

Also known as lesser galangal, krai chai is popular in southeast Asian cooking (especially Thailand) and has a pungent and peppery flavour. Simply slice into wafer thin strips or pound with a pestle in a mortar and add to Thai sweet and sour soups, stir-fries and braised dishes. Also good for pork or prawn marinades along with chillies, ginger and garlic.

Details 25g

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.

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