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Looking for a deliciously different soup that’s quick to make? Make Daikon Soup–a comforting and healthy one-pot dinner with daikon radish and any protein of your choice.
You’ve probably heard it called Oriental radish, but daikon is a vegetable that actually goes by many names, including Chinese radish, Satsuma radish and Japanese radish. In fact, daikon is a Japanese word that means “big root.”
Daikon is believed to have originated from the Mediterranean, but has now spread to Southeast and East Asian countries like Japan, China, Korea and the Philippines, where it became highly valued for its root. Today, daikon radish is also grown in North America to prevent soil compaction, which then allows soil to absorb more rainfall.A member of the radish family, daikon can be easily distinguished from other radishes by its appearance: it has large, rapidly growing leaves and a long white root that resembles a carrot. Daikon can grow up to 20 inches long, with a diameter of 4 inches.
When it comes to flavor, daikon is considered milder and less peppery than other radishes, which makes for great snacking. Served raw, it’s mild and tangy, with a crisp and juicy texture. When cooked, it tastes similar to cooked turnips. This radish contains high amounts of potassium, vitamin C and phosphorus – nutrients that are essential for good health.
This soup is a great way to introduce yourself to daikon; whip up a pot and enjoy it this week!
Adapted from: omnivore’s cookbook
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 pound ground meat (beef, pork, chicken, or turkey)
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 teaspoons fermented bean paste (or hoisin sauce can substitute adequately)
- 1 lb Daikon radish, peeled and chopped into 1-2″ cubes
- 2 cups chicken stock (vegetable stock, or water)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon dry sherry
- 1/8 teaspoon five-spice powder (the small amount does make a difference!)
- Sriracha sauce, optional
- Heat a medium-size dutch oven (or heavy duty pot) over medium heat until hot. Add a tablespoon of oil. Add green onion and ginger. Cook for a minute to release the flavor.
- Add ground meat and garlic. Cook and stir until surface turns brown.
- Add the bean paste. Cook and stir until the meat is evenly coated.
- Add the radish. Cook and stir to mix well.
- Add the chicken stock, soy sauce, sherry, and five spice powder. Cook over medium high heat until it comes to a boil. Turn to medium low heat. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the radish turns tender.
- Add a few drops of Sriracha if you want the soup to have a little kick!
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