Cooking with Alison

What to Cook When Daikon Radish Goes on Sale for 9 Cents per Pound

In Appetizers, Hors D'oeuvres, Snacks, Asian, Dim Sum, How-To, Meat and Eggs, Other Asian Foods, Rice and Noodle Dishes, Soups on October 26, 2013 at am

When white daikon radish went on sale for only 9 cents per pound, I did what I had to do – I bought pounds and pounds and pounds of it, found different ways to cook it, and ate nothing but daikon radish for two weeks.  It was awesome!  🙂  So here is a list of dishes that you can make using white daikon radish.  Let me know if you can think of more items!

  • braised beef dishes (see recipes here and here)
  • Vietnamese beef noodle soup (pho tai) (see recipe here)
  • steamed cake (lo bak go) (see recipe here)
  • pickled condiment (see recipe here)
  • soup (see recipe here)
  • pan fried dish with beef

If you’ve never cooked daikon radish before, I should warn you that the cooking process releases an unpleasant odour.  But once the radish is fully cooked, the smell goes away, and the radish has a mild flavour.

  1. These are some great daikon recipes! I usually just grate it and eat it with grilled salmon but I’ve always wanted to try cooking it.

  2. Haha, yes! I think cheap daikon radish calls for turnip cake! I find that shopping in Chinatown requires a really opportunistic approach. Tough sometimes to go with a list and find everything you need, but really fun if you go with an open mind and build your menu based on what’s freshest and least expensive…yauh peng, yauh leng. 🙂

  3. You had me at 9 cents……..I just found your blog because I was looking for a baked Nian Gao recipe (which I just made – your recipe is a complete in this house! A total keeper!!!). Anyways, I love finding deals on things and then finding a million ways to cook it! I’m a little over ambitious sometimes but that’s the deal hunter in me 🙂

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