Vietnamese Pickled Daikon and Carrots for Banh M\u00ec (Do Chua)

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Note: For easiest results, use a mandoline to make the initial slices of carrot and daikon, then a knife to cut the slices into strips.

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Vietnamese Pickled Daikon and Carrots for Banh Mì (Do Chua)

About This Recipe

Yield:Makes about 1 quart
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:10 minutes (for best results, let rest for at least 1 day)
Special equipment:Mandoline slicer
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Ingredients

  • 1 large carrot, peeled, cut into strips 1/8th-inch square and 3 inches long (about 2 cups)
  • 1 medium daikon radish, peeled, cut into strips 1/8th-inch square and 3 inches long (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar

Procedures

  1. 1

    Combine carrots, radish, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Using fingertips, massage salt and sugar into vegetables until dissolved. Add water and rice vinegar. Pack vegetables into a quart-sized mason jar. Pickles can be used immediately, or for best results, seal jar and refrigerate at least overnight and up to 1 week.

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