Red Galangal plant, Alpinia galangal, is also known as Galangal, Greater Galangal and Culinary Galangal. The sweetly aromatic root of Galangal is the prefered flavouring in Thai and Indonesian dishes. Galangal is approved by German Commission E as a remedy for indigestion and poor appetite.. Galangal plant is a native of Java and prefers rich, moist soils in a protected, shady position. Drought and frost tender. A perennial plant, growing to 1.6m x 1.0m.