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April 19, 2019 10:30 PM   Subscribe

I didn't know that there are so many kinds of daikon
posted by growabrain (13 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Daikon is awesome. I should buy some at the farmer's market.
posted by jj's.mama at 11:32 PM on April 19

I just picked my first radish of the season, a boring but delicious French breakfast. I should definitely grow some daikon!
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 11:36 PM on April 19 [1 favorite]

Feels pretty rad...-ish.
posted by Quackles at 11:49 PM on April 19 [6 favorites]

Korean cuisine has a lot of great uses for daikon, I like this sweet and sour salad:
  • 1 lb daikon
  • 1 carrot
  • 3 TB vinegar
  • 2 TB sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (finely ground if possible)
Cut into matchsticks or use mandolin. Mix everything together. Let it sit for an hour or preferably overnight.
posted by jeremias at 5:25 AM on April 20 [6 favorites]

Looks so sweet and cute and then it hits you with that spicy heat! My favorite radish-involved recipe, perfect for when you’re feeling like you need a veggie infusion.
posted by sallybrown at 5:37 AM on April 20 [1 favorite]

Daikon is great! See also jicama, which has a very similar texture but more of a sweet flavor and none of the bitterness. Jicama doesn't stand up as well to cooking though.

Fun fact: Korean daikon is called 무, Mu, and is slightly different from the Japanese daikon that we see everywhere in the US. Most recipes say you can substitute one for the other but I've always wondered if the Japanese version was more bitter.

Germany also has beer radishes which seem very similar to daikon. At least they tasted just fine in my doenjang jjigae, which admittedly is a pretty forgiving dish.

I'm now on the hunt for yellow daikon, called Takuan 沢庵 in Japanese and Danmuji 단무지 in Korean. Reading the article it's a dried and then pickled daikon and is quite intense in flavor. It sounds amazing.
posted by Nelson at 7:37 AM on April 20 [3 favorites]

It's time to raise a glass to Dokonjo Daikon (13 years ago on metafilter - the main link still works!)
posted by moonmilk at 8:09 AM on April 20 [1 favorite]

Meanwhile, it's been only five years since imgur discovered Saucy Daikon (and since this is the internet, mildly nsfw jokes and comics ensued, also featuring their huggable eggplant friend).
posted by notquitemaryann at 9:13 AM on April 20 [2 favorites]

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this elsewhere, but for the low-carbers in the audience, daikon makes a decent stand-in for potatoes in things like beef stew, and also makes IMHO the best spiralized "noodles" of any vegetable. I know that cooked globe radishes have made it into the low-carb cannon, but daikon is even more versatile. Soegogi-muguk is an easy Korean beef-and-radish soup that is more delicious than you would think given its short list of simple ingredients.
posted by drlith at 11:32 AM on April 20 [2 favorites]

A few months ago I found myself in the grocery checkout line in front of two young men who seemed to be buying groceries together.
Guy 1: *puts large white daikon radish on the belt*
Guy 2: dude, I thought we were gonna put that back.
Guy 1, very serious: It’s too late now. We’ll just have to figure it out.

I hope they did.
posted by janepanic at 2:04 PM on April 20 [13 favorites]

Thank you i love this! Root vegetables make me very happy even though I only have a small amount experience with them
posted by FirstMateKate at 3:18 PM on April 20 [2 favorites]

I'm now on the hunt for yellow daikon, called Takuan 沢庵 in Japanese and Danmuji 단무지 in Korean.

I had some last night! In the U.S., you should be able to find it in the refrigerated pickles section at large Asian supermarkets. It's very yellow.

I just found a stray memory of eating half moon slices of boiled daikon with sweet chili sauce as a kid.
posted by cdefgfeadgagfe at 5:58 PM on April 20 [1 favorite]

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