Pickled Carrots and Daikon (Vietnamese Đồ Chua)

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Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikon (đồ chua) are crunchy, tangy, sweet, and adds the perfect pop of flavor to any dish!


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What is Đồ Chua?

Đồ chua literally translates to “pickled things” in Vietnamese.

Although you can pickle anything, this term refers specifically to pickled carrots and daikon.

These pickled veggies are a staple in Vietnamese cuisine.

You see it in so many dishes like bánh mì (sandwiches), cơm sườn nướng (grilled pork rice plate), and chả giò (egg rolls) to name a few.

These Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikon perfectly balances out savory, salty, and meaty dishes.

They’re crunchy, tangy, sweet, and adds a burst of brightness to anything you’re eating.

Best of all, it is pretty simple to make!

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Pickled Carrots and Daikon Ingredients

Before you begin making Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikon, you’ll need to gather the following ingredients:

  • Veggies: I like to use equal parts carrots and daikon but you can adjust the ratio to your liking.
    • Carrots have a natural sweetness while daikon radishes are more mild in flavor. It is subtly sweet and peppery. Both have crunchy textures which is great for pickling.
      • Where to buy: You can find daikon at Asian grocery stores like 99 Ranch and H Mart.
      • Substitute: Use Korean radish as a substitute.
  • Salt: Salt adds seasoning and also draws out water from the veggies to help them stay crunchy.
  • Water: Water dilutes the pickling liquid so it is not too vinegary.
  • Vinegar: Vinegar adds acidity and tangy flavor to the pickling liquid.
  • Sugar: Sugar adds sweetness to balance out the tangy vinegar.

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How to Make Pickled Carrots and Daikon

Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikon are truly so easy to make in just 20 minutes.

I like to keep a jar of it in the fridge so I can quickly add it to my meals.

Đồ chua goes well with so many things.

It adds a satisfying crunch and pop of flavor to sandwiches, salads, noodles, or rice bowls.

Let’s walk through this pickled carrots and daikon recipe step-by-step so you can see just how easy it is!

As always a recipe card is at the end that you can print out, pin to Pinterest, and save for later.

Let’s begin!

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Step 1: Prep Carrots and Daikon

Begin by washing the carrots and daikon.

Then peel and cut off stems and ends.

Next, julienne the carrots and daikon.

You can use a mandolin slicer, julienne peeler, or cut by hand with a knife into matchsticks.

The thickness and size is up to personal preference.

Bigger pieces will be more crunchy but take longer to pickle.

Thinner pieces will be more delicate and pickle quicker.

Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikon

Step 2: How To Make Crunchy Pickles

After cutting carrots and daikon, add them into a bowl.

Sprinkle salt all over and toss to evenly coat.

Let the carrots and daikon sit in the salt for about 15 minutes to draw out the excess moisture.

This helps them soften while retaining crunch even once they are pickled and jarred.

Skipping this step will result in softer and limp pickles. Plus salt adds extra flavor!

After the 15 minutes, rinse off the salt under cold water.

Some salt may absorb or remain on the surface of the carrots and daikon.

However, this is perfectly fine as it adds just the right amount of saltiness to đồ chua.

Squeeze the carrots and daikon to further release excess moisture.

Give the veggies a quick pat down with a towel to dry before moving on to the next step.

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Step 3: How to Make Pickling Liquid

While the carrots and daikon are sitting in salt for 15 minutes, prepare the pickling liquid.

Add water, vinegar, and sugar to a small pot.

Bring it to a rolling boil and mix to dissolve the sugar.

Taste test and adjust the amount of each ingredient to your liking.

  • more sweet add more sugar
  • more sour add more vinegar
  • less sweet or sour add more water

You can add salt to the pickling liquid if you want but note that the veggies will already have some saltiness to them from the previous step.

Once the sugar dissolves fully in the pickling liquid, turn off the heat.

how to make pickling liquid

Step 4: Jarring Pickled Carrots and Daikon

Add carrots and daikon into a jar.

Don’t be afraid to pack it in there, they will shrink some as it sits.

Then pour in the hot pickling liquid.

Make sure the veggies submerge fully under the liquid.

Add more water as needed.

đồ chua pickled carrots and daikon

Pickled Carrots and Daikon Storage

Lastly, place lids onto the jar to seal.

Store in the fridge at least overnight before eating.

The pickled carrots and daikon get more flavorful and sour as it sits.

I think the 2 to 3 day mark is when it tastes best.

You can keep this in the fridge for about one month.

Always use a clean utensil when removing from the jar so it lasts longer.

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What to Eat Pickled Carrots and Daikon with:

As I mentioned before, pickled carrots and daikon are eaten with so many Vietnamese dishes.

Here are some recipes that are perfect to make with đồ chua!

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I hope this tutorial for how to make Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikon is helpful and that you try to recreate this at home!

Đồ chua is such a staple side in Vietnamese cuisine.

It brightens up any dish with its freshness, flavor, and texture.

Be sure to save this pickled carrots and daikon recipe and also share with your family and friends!

If you try it, then please leave a rating and comment below. I’d love to know what you think!

Pickled Carrots and Daikon (Vietnamese Đồ Chua)

Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikon (đồ chua) are crunchy, tangy, sweet, and adds the perfect pop of flavor to any dish!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 jar

Equipment

  • 1 16 oz jar

Ingredients

  • ½ lb (~3) carrots
  • ½ lb daikon
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 3 tbsp sugar

Instructions

  • Wash, peel, and julienne carrots and daikon or cut them into matchsticks.
  • Then add the cut carrots and daikon into a bowl. Sprinkle salt all over and toss to evenly coat. Let it sit for 15 minutes to draw out the excess moisture then rinse off the salt with cold water. Squeeze to release excess moisture and pat dry with a towel.
  • While the carrots and daikon are sitting in the salt, prepare the pickling liquid. Add water, vinegar, and sugar to a small pot. Taste and adjust to your liking. Bring to a boil and mix to dissolve the sugar then turn off the heat.
  • Add carrots and daikon into a jar then pour in the hot pickling liquid to fully submerge. Add more water as needed.
  • Store in the fridge at least overnight before serving and enjoy!

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