Gonjiri : The Best Kanboshi Daikon Radish Pickle Snack
There are a variety of pickles unique to Japan. In fact, I wrote an article about one-seasoning Japanese pickles recipes before, but the most famous Japanese pickle is probably “Umeboshi (梅干し)” salted ume plums.
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 most famous.
The name of the Japanese snack is “Gonjiri (ごんじり)”, which is a pickle snack made of daikon radish.
Specifically, the processed vegetable snack is made by pickling “Kanboshi Daikon (寒干大根)” in a soy-sauce-based sauce by a unique producing method. Kanboshi Daikon refers to the daikon radish dried in a winter dry climate.
The Japanese pickle snack, Gonjiri is tender, pleasant crunchy in texture and contains some moisture that comes from its pickling liquid.
The pickled Kanboshi Daikon is lightly seasoned, but has plenty of umami and an addicting taste like a cross between sweet and sour.
Lastly, according to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the Gonjiri snack 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.