There’s a Vietnamese sandwich that I so much want to replicate at home. But before I can assemble it, I need some pickled carrots and daikon. And since it looks like it’s a cinch to make, I didn’t even hesitate to get down to work and make a test batch.

Cutting the carrots and daikon into large matchsticks reminded me of the popular achara (Filipino pickled green papaya) that accompanied every purchase of lechón we made on the way to the beach. There aren’t many types of pickles that I eat but having friends from other countries exposed me to different pickled condiments that they enjoy. There’s kimchi from Korea (spicy pickled cabbage), gari from Japan (pickled ginger that usually accompanies sushi), preserved lemons from Morroco which is often used in tagines, mango pickle from India, pickled jalapeño from Mexico, pickled herring from Scandinavia and sauerkraut from Germany.

Who knew that a good quarter of our planet preserve their food by pickling? I traveled back to Vietnam with this recipe of do chua. I can’t wait to stuff them into some great bánh mì soon!

How about you? What do you pickle from your side of the world?

Do Chua (Pickled Carrots & Daikon)

Recipe adapted from White on Rice Couple


1/4 kg carrots
1/4 kg daikon or white radish
3 cups warm water
3 tbsps white or rice vinegar
3 tbsps granulated sugar
2 tbsps salt


Prepare glass jars by sterilizing in boiling water for 10 minutes.

Julienne the carrots and daikon. Pack the jars with vegetables, leaving an inch of space from the top.

Mix water, vinegar, sugar and salt. Pour into the jars covering the vegetables but leaving space from the top. If the solution is still warm, leave to cool completely at room temperature. Replace the lid and tightly seal jars. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Note: Try using jicama in place of daikon or radish. It’s equally good!

About Karima

A hospitality professional who has a passion for languages and the arts, Karima loves to travel to culinary destinations and acquire a deep understanding of their food philosophies. At home, she finds pleasure in cooking and mixing cocktails for her family and friends.

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