Preserved Daikon Radish,
A Hakka Tradition
Made by salting, sun-drying, and fermenting daikon radish, these ingredients are traditional among Taiwan's Hakka population and have since made their way into Taiwanese culinary canon.
Meinong Farmers' Association makes their preserved radishes using white jade daikon 白玉蘿蔔, a relatively small variety whose thin skin and fibers yield a finely textured product. No preservatives or additives; just daikon, salt, and sun.
Preserved Daikon Radish
Daikon essence is condensed into a piquant, potent little shred of a thing. Made from sliced daikon that has been salt-cured and sun-dried, Preserved Daikon Radish has a lovely “cui cui de” 脆脆的 texture—a snap reminiscent of the bite in salted jellyfish or a masterful shredded potato stir fry. Great for adding a sharp saltiness to stir-fries.
Aged Preserved Daikon Radish
During a five-year aging process, enzymes and microbes turn whole radishes near black in color and soften their texture significantly. It has a complex flavor with deep earthy notes and plum-like sweetness. Perfect for adding depth to soups.
Read More in Our Newsletter
Every month, we write a newsletter exploring a different theme in Taiwanese food. This month, we make old radish soup and explore the traditional process behind preserving daikon the Hakka way.
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