Perhaps you're not totally sure what galangal, kaffir lime or lemongrass is. Perhaps you'd rather just go out to Thai and Vietnamese restaurants and let the blend of strong, fresh and savory flavors be a delicious mystery. Well, those flavors can now have a place in your kitchen too, in one easy jar.
Mai Pham, chef and owner of Sacramento's Lemon Grass Restaurant, is launching a line of sauces that will be available at Whole Foods Market, Nugget Markets and Corti Brothers. Just add coconut milk, chicken stock or water to the Thai Green Curry and Thai Yellow Curry sauces. The Lemongrass Ginger Marinade can be used straight from the jar.
We here at Appetizers have yet to try them, but plan to meet up with Pham this week. Try them yourself at a cooking demonstration Friday, March 20, or Sunday, March 22, at the Whole Foods on Arden Way. The demos and tastings are scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m.