Gonjiri: Japanese Pickle Snack using Kanboshi Daikon
When it comes to pickle snacks available in the snack and candy section of Japanese supermarkets, what I introduce here “Gonjiri (ごんじり)” is one of the best known.
The Japanese pickle snack Gonjiri is made from radish called “Kanboshi Daikon (寒干大根)”.
The daikon is dried in the dry climate of the winter and pickled in a soy sauce-based liquid using a unique method.
The resulting snack gets flavor and moisture from the pickling solution but retains the pleasant crunch of daikon radish and is tender.
It is lightly seasoned and has a distinctive umami taste like a cross between sweet and sour.
According to the ingredient list on the back of the package,
the Gonjiri snack mainly consists of daikon radish, fructose corn syrup, soy sauce, amino acid liquid, brewed vinegar, fermented seasoning liquid, salt, red chili pepper, alcohol, and sweeteners.