I heart Vietnamese food.
Pho noodle soup for those cold, rainy days.
Fresh spring rolls with spicy peanut sauce.
Marinated chicken with broken rice.
And yummy Banh Mi sandwiches.
We have a favorite Pho restaurant we go to all the time, and the girls love their chicken, so it’s a win win for everyone. And whenever we order a rice plate, there’s always a litlle scoop of pickled radish & carrots on the side. It’s a great accompaniment to their rice dishes & they actually put it in their banh mi’s also.
When I went to the local asian market to find some, they were all out. I was seriously heartbroken! But that didn’t stop me. I decided to make my own =)
I remember when I was a teenager, watching my grandmother in the kitchen pickle papayas….similar to this Vietnamese version. So I asked her about it. She was thrilled that I asked her about her cooking, and told me her recipe. Which was actually very similar to the recipes that I found online.
Here is a grocery list to get you started…
* I used old pasta sauce jars instead of buying new ones
This is what daikon radish looks like, in case you’re wondering. It looks like a long white root of some sort
Peel the veggies and then cut them julienne style
Place them in a large bowl and add 4 tsp sugar & 2 tsp salt
Mix until you can bend a piece without breaking it…this will take a few minutes
Transfer to a colander, rinse well with cold water, and drain
Then pack your jars tightly
In a different bowl, mix 1 cup of sugar with 2.5 cups rice vinegar & 2 cups warm water (make sure water is warm enough to dissolve the sugar) mix til sugar is completely dissolved
It’s best to use a large pyrex measuring cup or a large spouted bowl to mix all the above ingredients in. But if you don’t have one, just take a ladel and scoop some of the mixture from your bowl into your pyrex measuring cup like I did…
Pour the liquid mixture into the jars until the veggies are fully immersed
Cover, refrigerate overnight, then enjoy for about a month!
I made one for our house
and one for my parents & grandmother…
Makes a thoughtful handmade gift.
- I only used 4 carrots & 1 large daikon radish, and that gave me 2 jars full of this pickled goodness. If you use 6 carrots & 2 large daikon radishes, you’ll get 4 jars full. I had enough liquid mixture leftover, for 2 more jars, but I had no veggies =)
- Great with sandwiches, hot dogs, sandwich wraps and omelets
- Strong vinegar smell, Beware!
Hope you enjoy this pickled recipe as much as I do!!