Easy to make, Vietnamese Do Chua, slightly sweet pickled carrots and daikon radishes.
For a lower glycemic option, you can substitute the 1 cup of sugar with 3/4 cup of agave syrup.
- 2 pounds carrots (about 5 medium sized carrots), peeled
- 2 pounds of daikon radishes (about 2 large daikon), peeled
- 1 cup plus 4 teaspoons of sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 1/2 cups white vinegar
- 2 cups warm water (warm enough to easily dissolve sugar)
- About 5 pint jars
1 Julienne the carrots and the daikon radishes. Cut them first crosswise into 2 1/2 inch long segments. Then cut 1/4-inch thick slices lengthwise. Stack the slices and cut them again into 1/4-inch thick batons.
2 Place the carrots and daikon radishes in a large bowl. Sprinkle with 4 teaspoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of salt. Use your clean hands to toss the carrots and daikon with the salt and sugar until well coated. Continue to mix the carrots and daikon with your hands until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes. They are ready once you can bend a piece of daikon all the way over without it breaking.
3 Transfer the carrots and daikon to a colander, rinse with cool water and drain well.
4 In a bowl (a 8 cup pyrex measuring cup works great for this) mix together one cup of sugar, the white vinegar and the warm water, until the sugar dissolves.
5 Prepare clean jars. Pack the daikon and carrots tightly into the jars. Pour over the pickling liquid to cover. Seal. Refrigerate.
The pickles should sit at least overnight before eating; their flavor will improve with time. They should last 4 to 6 weeks in the refrigerator.
Traditionally served in Vietnamese street sandwiches called Banh Mi. These pickles would be great with anything that would typically be served with coleslaw or sauerkraut, like hot dogs, or barbecued pork, or even with salad or wrapped into a spring roll. Or just eat them straight.
Yield: Makes approximately 5 pints.