Do Chua can be purchased at Super Cao Nguyen Market or Chinatown Supermarket, each place also sells the necessary ingredients to make your own. Start with this basic recipe, then get creative and add your own ingredients. Do Chua adds texture and brightness to any dish. Use it like relish, chow-chow or chutney.
1 large or 2 small carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1 large daikon radish, peeled and cut into matchsticks.
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
• Place the carrot and daikon in a colander and sprinkle with salt and sugar.
• Knead the vegetables to expel water, about five minutes. Stop kneading when tips of daikon bend together without breaking.
• Rinse to remove residual sugar and salt, then press in towels to expel extra water.
• Place vegetables in a quart Mason jar or two 16-ounce Mason jars with brine, recipe below.
For the brine
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
¾ cup distilled white vinegar
2 teaspoons sea salt
¼ cup warm water
• Combine sugar, vinegar and water in a Mason jar. Place the lid tight on the jar, and shake vigorously to dissolve sugar. Add vegetables.
• The brine should cover the vegetables. Let the vegetables marinate at least an hour before eating. They will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month, but it'll never last that long.
Source: Dave Cathey, Food Editor