I’ve probably been to five different supermarkets in my search for galangal, to no avail. Even store management don’t know what I am talking about when I ask for it. Earlier this week, I decided to try the newly revamped Checkers in Emmarentia, thinking they may have it because the suburb has a large percentage of affluent Indian residents. I was, again, disappointed at not finding the elusive rhizomes and did the other items on my shopping list in a mild huff. I left the store and, as I rounded the corner going home, I spotted this little shop:
Impulsively, I pulled over into a parking bay, causing the man behind me to toot his horn and shake his fist at me. Very excited, I went into the shop. I could have kissed the lady who mans the shop when, unfazed, she handed me a jar of galangal.
Had I not been committed to fetching my mother-in-law from her hairdressing appointment, I’d have spent the rest of the day there.
I came away with a small bag of treasures and immediately set to making a chicken biryani. A proper one, for the first time in my life. You see, I have never had green cardamom powder in my larder before now …
Eastern Temptations is at 35 Greenhill Road, Emmarentia.
Tel: 011 646 8429