The word “daikon” translates from Japanese to “big root”. Occasionally known as the Japanese radish, the most commonly used variety of this vegetable comes in the form of a long, carrot-like radish with a pale coloration and a mild taste. This is a very low-energy food, featuring only eighteen calories in a hundred-gram serving. The same serving also gives you about 27% of your recommended vitamin C intake, as well as small amounts of calcium, iron, potassium, B vitamins, and other minerals.
In Japan, pieces of the daikon radish are pickled to create takuan, a form of tsukemono. It will often be served after a meal with an assortment of other tsukemono, as it is believed to assist in the digestion process. At our Japanese restaurant in Bothell, you can experience the diakon in the form of our oshinko roll. This is a tasty, meat-free option that can serve to add a vegetarian-friendly twist to any sushi meal. Come and give this Japanese classic a try at Sushi Hana today!