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Pickled Stuff

I made this earlier in the year hence the date on the jar :). This is called "Do Chua" or in English 'pickled stuff'. It is well known to be found in banh mi thit sandwiches! Yum Yum. It's often made with daikon but i don't like them...

Making pickled carrots is quite easy. All you need is carrots, vinegar, salt and sugar! The recipe should be adjusted according to how much you want to make depending on the size of the carrots.

The pickled carrots lasts for months and months in the fridge so don't worry it will not go off. I finished that jar (above) in August this month - a long time! However, you will find that the crunchiness is not as great as in the first 1 to 2 months.

The recipe I used was from www.vietworldkitchen.com. I just didn't use the daikons but about 2-3 more carrots for this depending on the size of the carrots.

Do Chua (Pickled Carrot and Daikons)


Makes about 3 cups
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into thick matchsticks
  • 1 pound (about under 1/2 kg) daikons, each no larger than 2 inches in diameter, peeled and cut into thick matchsticks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup lukewarm water

Place the carrot and daikons in a bowl and sprinkle with the salt and 2 teaspoons of the sugar. Use your hands to knead the vegetables for about 3 minutes, expelling the water from them. They will soften and liquid will pool at the bottom of the bowl. Stop kneading when you can bend a piece of daikon so that the ends touch but the daikon does not break. The vegetables should have lost about one-fourth of their volume. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold running water, then press gently to expel extra water. Return the vegetables to the bowl if you plan to eat them soon, or transfer them to 1-quart jar for longer storage.

To make the brine, in a bowl, combine the 1/2 cup sugar, the vinegar, and the water and stir to dissolve the sugar. Pour over the vegetables. The brine should cover the vegetables. Let the vegetables marinate in the brine for at least 1 hour before eating. They will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks. Beyond that point, they get tired.

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