Gonjiri: Kanboshi Daikon Radish Pickle Snack
There is a wide variety of pickles in Japan and I think the most famous Japanese pickle is probably “Umeboshi (梅干し)” salted ume plums.
Nonetheless, when it comes to pickle snacks available in the snack and candy section of Japan’s supermarkets, there are not so many varieties. But among those, I think what I have now is one of the best recognized.
The Japanese pickle snack I picked up this time is this “Gonjiri (ごんじり)” which actually is made of daikon radish. Specifically, the vegetable snack is made by pickling “Kanboshi Daikon (寒干大根)” in a soy sauce-based sauce by a unique method. By the way, Kanboshi Daikon refers to the daikon radish dried in a winter dry climate.
Containing some moisture from the pickle sauce, the Japanese vegetable snack, Gonjiri is lightly seasoned and tender with a nice crunchy bite to it. As for the taste, it is packed with umami and has a distinctive taste like a cross between sweet and sour.
Lastly, according to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the pickled Kanboshi Daikon snack, Gonjiri is made with dried daikon radish, high fructose corn syrup, soy sauce, amino acid liquid, brewed vinegar, fermented seasoning liquid, salt, red chili pepper, alcohol, and sweeteners.