Vietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon Radish

Vietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon Radish

The other day when I made the spicy peanut shrimp sandwiches with Thai style slaw, they reminded me of banh mi sandwiches and I since then that idea has been running through my head. I often find that the easiest thing to do when you have something stuck in your mind is to just give in to the craving and so I set about to making some of these Vietnamese sandwiches. Of course the first, and possibly the most important, step in making a truly good banh mi sandwich is the pickled carrots and daikon radish. Although pickles can sometimes be intimidating these pickles are super quick and easy to make and well worth the effort. Pretty much all you need to do is peel and cut the carrots and daikon radish and then let them sit in the pickling solution of water, vinegar, salt and sugar for a while. You should let the vegetables pickle for at least a half an hour but they will keep in your fridge for a couple of days so you can even make them ahead of time greatly reducing the amount of effort required to make those tasty banh mi sandwiches.

The first time that I made these pickles I was quite surprised that such a simple pickle could be so good! The combination of sweet, salty and tangy in the pickling solution certainly works its magic, especially on the diakon radishes which just soak up all of those flavours and mellow out nicely. Leftovers do not last long and I frequently find myself snacking on them, though I will have to hold off at least until I make the sandwiches!

Tip: Use a mandolin to get the first cut in and then stack a few layers on top of each other and cut in the other direction with a knife to get them fairly evenly thin.

Vietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon Radish

(makes 2 cups)
Printable Recipe

1 cup warm water
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 pound carrots (peeled and cut to match stick size)
1/2 pound daikon radish (peeled and cut to match stick size)

1. Mix the water, vinegar, sugar and salt until the sugar and salt dissolves.
2. Place the carrots and radish in a container and cover with the pickling liquid.
3. Let pickle for at least and hour and store in the fridge for up to a week.

Use in:
Vietnamese Caramel Shrimp Banh Mi
Vietnamese BBQ Pulled Pork Banh Mi
Spicy Pork Bulgogi Banh Mi
Banh Mi Burgers with Vietnamese Caramel BBQ Sauce
Vietnamese Caramel Salmon Banh Mi
Banh Mi Chicken Salad

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Velva said...

Looks fabulous. A great way to enjoy a crisp pickled vegetable all year.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing the Banh Mi recipe is coming next?

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TS of eatingclub vancouver said...

They look so pretty in those just-the-right-size jars!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Nice pickles!



jose manuel said...

Que interesante receta, un aperitivo muy sano y rico. Saludos

Maggie said...

Wonderful idea! :)

Joanne said...

I've been a big fan of quick pickling lately! Definitely need to try this!

Recipe for Delicious said...

I wouldn't have thought it would be nearly that easy! Looking forward to the sandwich!

Ana Powell said...

I have made these pickles the other day.
Guess why?
I am going to tell you a secret, my Bánh Mì sandwich is coming out soon.
Have a great week ♥

Alisa said...

I absolutely love carrots, but have never thought to pickle them!

Khaddy said...

my moms close friends used to make picked carrots (carrot achar) it was so good it reminded me of that

Jess @ Bakericious said...

i love the pickles :)

eatme_delicious said...

Forget the sandwich! I'd love to just eat these out of the jar.

cookery school said...

looks lovely!

Ann Kiyoko said...

I just ate Vietnamese take out last night and really loved the pickles. I was thinking that I need to find a recipe for them and there it was sitting on my Google homepage courtesy of RSS!

Karen said...

I just made pickled carrots and daikon for a banh mi post I did last week! Aren't they great!? Really yummy with some grilled meats too.

to2sassy said...

I love pickled daikon but OMG the smell. Not only when you open the container but when you burp it is like it fills the room! I am a paramedic and I ate some then went to work. We had to open the windows when I burped!

Claudia said...

I love pairing daikon and carrot in a salad. The idea of pickling the carrots adds a whole new flavorful twist.

Cheryl said...

That is timely for sure. I just made some fresh rolls last week and purchased some pickled carrot and daikon from my local vietnamese market and it was horrible, sulfury and gross. I will make them next time!

to2sassy said...

I love pickled Diakon but OMG the smell! Not just when you open the container but when you burp after eating them. I am a paramedic and ate some before work and burped in the ambulance. We had to open the windows!

Kathy said...

awesome how-to post. beautiful photos! I hope you will submit this to! ~Kathy

Anonymous said...

how did you cut the veg so evenly? did you use a mandolin? I don't have much patience.

Anonymous said...

I think you mean 2 TSP salt.

What I just made according to your proportions is WAY too salty to eat.

Kevin said...

Anonymous: Right you are! Sorry about that. I have fixed the recipe.

Mo said...

I have a great tool to make match stick carrots. It is a non-powered hand tool, without a label other than 'Make in Japan'. It has one blade that slices the vegetable, and a second set of blades that are perpendicular to the other blade, that make the shreds. I bought it at Sur La Table, a kitchen store in Seattle and Portland. It is not for high production, but works well for garnishes, salads, or now these carrots and daikon.

Anonymous said...

Can you leave pickled carrots without the mixture (vinegar, water and sugar) in the fridge for 2 days?

Kevin said...

Anonymous: The pickled carrots would no be in the best of conditions after leaving them for two days without their pickling liquid. It would be best to keep them in the pickling liquid if possible.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin, the measurements for the recipe are perfect. One thing I would add would be to sqeeze out as much liquid as you can by hand from the daikon after you cut it. This technique is used to reduce some of the natural bitterness of this wonderful ingredient. As always, great work and keep 'em coming!!!

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