Galangal root is related to the ginger and turmeric family and are a staple in south-east Asian cookery. It has a peppery ginger flavor. They are used in fish dishes, soups, and pungent curries of all kinds. It also tastes good with/in chicken, seafood, coconut-based sauces, and lamb. Galangal root can be ground, peeled, or shredded for culinary use.