Quickly pickled carrots and daikon radish

Quickly pickled carrots and daikon radish

Used in the Bánh mì sandwich

Quickly pickled carrots and daikon radish

In just an hour these quickly pickled vegetables are ready for sandwiches or sides. They can be used in the Bánh mì sandwich, but go great with and on other sandwiches.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vietnamese
Keyword pickles
Prep Time 30 minutes
Pickling time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 3 cups


  • 1 large peeled carrot, cut into thin matchsticks.
  • 1 pound daikon radishes, about 2 inches in diameter, peeled and cut into thick matchsticks
  • 1 small onion (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar plus 2 teaspoons separated
  • 1 1/4 cups distilled white vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 1 cup lukewarm water


  • Cut the radishes and carrots into thin matchsticks
  • Place the carrot and daikon matchsticks in a large bowl and sprinkle with the salt and 2 teaspoons of the sugar.
  • Squeeze and knead the matchsticks for three minutes with your hands, expelling water. They will soften and water will accumulate in the bowl. Stop kneading when a piece of daikon can be bent, one end touching the other, without breaking.
  • Transfer the matchsticks to a colander, drain, and run under cold water briefly. Press down gently to remove any excess water.
  • Remove the matchsticks to a quart jar for storage.
  • In a large bowl, combine the rest of the sugar, vinegar and 1 cup water. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Pour this mixture over the vegetables. It should cover them. Allow the matchsticks to sit in the brine for at least an hour, but, in the refrigerator, they will keep for a month.


Used in the Bánh mì sandwich.
Recipe adapted from: Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors (2006) by Andrea Nguyen.
This recipe works well for other vegetables as well, including cucumbers.

A Ho Chi Minh City woman places quickly pickled vegetables into a Bánh mì sandwich on Dec. 17, 2017.

The Bánh mì is marked by a pate used on the bread, as well as mayonnaise.

The Bánh mì should not be missed, nor should the quickly pickled veggies recipe.

Seriously, try the Bánh mì.

Bánh mì me. Now.

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