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Jan 24, 2008 04:43 PM

daikon, interchangeable for jicama? vice versa...

has anyone tried that? daikon is not highly available in my area, however jicama is.

specifically, i wanted to pickle them, as in this recipe

any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Color and texture are similar, though jicama can be bit more fibrous. But jicama is much milder. Daikon (at least the familiar Japanese variety) has a mild radish bite to it. But that is comparing them raw.


    1. Jicama are similar to but sweeter than Daikon. The textures are quite similar. I think using jicama for daikon should be fine -- though I'm not sure I'd subsitute daikon for jicama, depending on what the recipe was.

      1. Use the jicama - it has less liquid than the daikon. .

        1. Daikon has a mild but definite somewhat sweet "radish" flavor. Jicama has somewhat of an apple flavor so your result will be different. I would try try it as the flavor combination sounds interesting.
          The recipe you link to is almost identical to the recipe I use for a shredded Daikon side dish that I serve in my restaurant.

          Daikon Radish Salad

          1 white Daikon radish, finely shredded (Approximately 2 lbs)
          2 tablespoon salt
          1 small carrot, finely shredded
          2 green onions, cut in 1/4 inch pieces
          1/4 cup rice vinegar or white vinegar
          2 tablespoon sugar
          1/2 teaspoon finely ground red chili pepper


          Prepare the radish:
          Place the shredded radish in a bowl.
          Add the salt, mix well and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes.
          Rinse with cold water then drain thoroughly, pressing out as much liquid as possible.

          Prepare the Salad
          Add carrot, green onion, vinegar, sugar, and red pepper. Mix well.
          Serve chilled or at room temperature.

          For a variation add 1 finely shredded English Cucumber to the salad.

          I don;t know where in Va you are located, but if there is an Asian market anywhere close to you, you should be able to find Daikon there. A possible alternative is to call your local produce distributor(s) (the ones who supply the markets and restaurants) and see if they have a "will call" option for small purchasers.

          Here are a few Asian market locations on Va




          Annandale Korea House, 4231 Markham Street, Annandale, VA 22003, 703-354-1515




          Dong-A Asian Market, 9590 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031, 703-385-0430

          Lotte Plaza, 3250 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030, 703-352-8989

          Falls Church



          Hanahreum, 8103 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 21222, 703-573-6300

          Sam Mi Oriental Market, 6674 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA 22042, 703-532-2066

          Lucky World, 3109 Graham Road, Falls Church, VA 22042, 703-641-8585




          Richmond Oriental, 431 E. Belt Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23224, 804-231-7624




          Oriental Seoul Market, 13662 Jefferson Davis Highway, Springfield, VA 22191, 703-491-6967

          West Springfield Oriental Market, 6343-A Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152, 703-451-5929

          2 Replies
          1. re: hannaone

            hannaone, thanks for the recipe AND the list of groceries!

            1. re: alkapal

              No problem -
              The list is part of a project I'm working on to have a nation (world? Overly optimistic) wide listing of Asian markets.
              People can find the full listing through the site link on my profile. It's linked from the nav menu on the left under "Information"

          2. I use daikon interchangeably with jicama as a dipper with hummus or other dips.