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Vietnamese Daikon and Carrot Pickles (Do Chua)

Julienned carrots and daikon in a salty-sweet vinegar brine are the perfect quick condiment for grilled meat, sandwiches, or classic Vietnamese banh mi.


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a jar of pickled veggies

Cookbook author Andrea Nguyen calls these salty-sweet pickled carrots and daikon “any day Viet pickles” because they’re just that versatile. Photo by Zachary Zavislak

A jar of do chua (“sour stuff”) adds color, crunch, and tang to banh mi. Daikon is classic but can be swapped out for purple turnips or slices of more-­colorful radishes. If the pickles turn stinky as they age, open the jar and let it air out for 15 minutes before using.

What You Will Need

Yield: Makes about 3 Cups
Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


  • 1 lb. fresh daikon, cut into 3x1/4-inch strips (3 1/3 cups)
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 3x1/8-inch strips (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cups plus 2 tsp. sugar, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups distilled white vinegar


  1. In a medium bowl, add the ­daikon and carrots; toss with the salt and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Set aside until you can bend a piece of daikon so the tips touch without ­breaking, about 20 minutes. Rinse the vegetables well with cold water, then drain, squeezing to expel any excess liquid. Transfer the vegetables to a quart jar.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir the remaining ½ cup sugar with the vinegar and 1 cup of water until the sugar is dissolved. Pour enough of the liquid into the jar to completely cover the vegetables, discarding any excess. Set aside the jar at room temperature for 1 hour, then use the pickles immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 month.

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This post originally appeared on Saveur and was published April 18, 2019. This article is republished here with permission.

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