Great ingredients make for great meals. Whenever you can, use the highest quality supplies for your recipes. The flavor difference will always come through in your finished dish.
If there is an ingredient that you are not familiar with, check our Ingredient section. There are pages and pages of information about the ingredients used in my recipes.
This is a good example of the difference between a fresh spice and dried one. Ground ginger doesn't really taste very much like fresh ginger. Try the Braised Tuna Ginger Plum recipe with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of fresh grated ginger. The flavor will be more mellow and full bodied. It will be much less spicy than the ground ginger. As with all recipes, neither is ‘right,' just different.
In a pinch you can substitute about 2 tablespoons of fresh grated ginger for every teaspoon of ground ginger.