dai·​kon | \ˈdī-kən \

Definition of daikon 

: a large long hard white radish used especially in Asian cuisine also : a plant (Raphanus sativus longipinnatus) whose root is a daikon

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Add dashi to pot and simmer until daikon is fork-tender and broth is flavorful, 20 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest Leek Soup Recipe Is Also the Best," 29 Oct. 2018 Add daikon radishes and simmer until edges soften, 3 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest Leek Soup Recipe Is Also the Best," 29 Oct. 2018 Thinly sliced Persian cucumbers and a small daikon radish provide maximum crunch, and the whole mixture is simply coated with olive oil, rice vinegar, and salt. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "This Broccoli Salad with Peanut Dressing Is Our Only Memorial Day Plan," 15 May 2018 Toss in a large bowl with daikon, carrots, and reserved scallion tops. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Spicy Kimchi Slaw," 28 May 2018 All but concealing this meaty interior were concentric layers of bean sprouts, mint, pickled carrot and daikon radish, cucumber slices and romaine lettuce, all dusted with peanuts. Andrew Marton, star-telegram, "Fast-casual Char'd adds fusion flair to Mansfield's dining scene | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 Apr. 2018 Grilled chopped duck liver ($11) looks like a wreath with half-moons of purple daikon, sesame seeds and white leek blossoms providing a brilliant contrast to a deep blue plate. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Che Fico lives up to hype as most anticipated newcomer," 8 June 2018 Look for dishes with unfamiliar combinations (such as green pepper with shredded potato or brisket with daikon). Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte has three great Chinese restaurants? Yes, and here's what to order at each," 29 May 2018 To serve, scatter daikon over ribs, leaving any liquid in bowl. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Grilled Short Ribs with Pickled Daikon," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of daikon

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for daikon

Japanese, from dai big + kon root

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