Do Chua (Vietnamese Carrot Daikon Pickle)

Do chua are crunchy, colorful Vietnamese carrot and daikon pickles that are often served with banh mi. We add star anise for a flavorful twist, but you can skip it if you're not a fan of the flavor. These pickles can keep for weeks in the fridge, so make a batch to keep on hand when you need an acidic bite.

a recipe photo of the Do Chua (Vietnamese Carrot Daikon Pickle) in a jar
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Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 50 mins


  • 1 cup water, plus more as needed

  • 6 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 whole star anise (Optional)

  • 3 ounces daikon, peeled and thinly sliced into matchsticks (about 1 cup)

  • 2 small carrots, peeled and thinly sliced into matchsticks (about 1 cup)


  1. Combine 1 cup water and vinegar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add sugar, salt and star anise, if using; cook, stirring often, until the sugar has dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Arrange daikon and carrots in a 1-quart jar with a tight-fitting lid. Pour the vinegar solution over the vegetables; let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Add room-temperature water to barely cover the vegetables. Seal the jar and refrigerate for at least 8 hours before serving.

To make ahead

Refrigerate pickles in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.


1-quart jar with a tight-fitting lid

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

32 Calories
8g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 3-4 pickles
Calories 32
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 7g
Added Sugars 4g 8%
Vitamin A 1698IU 34%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Folate 4mcg 1%
Vitamin K 1mcg 1%
Sodium 323mg 14%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Magnesium 3mg 1%
Potassium 49mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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