Posts Tagged ‘pickle’

sweet-salty daikon pickles

Friday, March 11th, 2011

I got this recipe from my mother in law after she served them to me during a visit and I went bonkers for them. I just typed it up for a friend who went bonkers for them after having them at our NoodleFest, so I figured I should post it as well.

1 lb daikon

peel and cut into quarters the long way (or whatever size/shape seems like it will make nice pickle pieces). Slice thin, btwn 1/8 and 1/4″ to taste.

mix the slices with:
1 Tbsp salt (kosher, and you can go a little lighter on this maybe I think)
1 tsp szechuan peppercorns
2 pcs star anise (I think they mean 2 whole ones but I use up my broken pcs for this)

Let this sit with a heavy weight on it for 2 hrs; remove weight and drain liquid. Wrap turnips in a cloth, press again with heavy weight for 1 hr.

Unwrap turnips and mix with:
2.5 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp soy sauce

Marinate 1 hr.

I think you can short the press-and-drain a little bit, but you do want to get the liquid out pretty well as it gets runny enough as it is.

I have been digging the last of these pickles with congee. Hope yours come out good!

winter salad

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Scraping the bottom of the barrel for a green or green-like vegetable after a long stretch of not grocery shopping, I did the following:

Mix shredded green cabbage (bagged from Trader Joe’s works fine) with a grated carrot, some diced kosher dill pickle, ground black pepper and a drizzle of the pickle brine.

Let it sit 15 mins or more and it makes a pretty decent tangy side for whatever you happen to be eating, in my case broiled chicken thigh and rice.