Braised Daikon with Pork Miso



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Japanese Food Made Easy

Japanese Food Made Easy

By Aya Nishimura

Published 2020

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Preparation: 10 Minutes
Cooking: 40 Minutes

When turnips or kohlrabi are in season, consider using them instead of the daikon radish. For a vegetarian version, omit the pork, but mix together the miso, sugar and mirin to make a lovely sweet miso topping.



  • 800 g (1 lb 12 oz) daikon radish, cut into 4 cm (1½ inch) rings
  • 250 g (9 oz) pork mince
  • grated zest of ½ organic, unwaxed lemon


  • 8 cm ( inch) square piece of kombu (dried kelp)
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) red miso
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mirin


If you look at the cut side of the daikon from above, you can see a loop of fibre inside the peel. Use a knife to remove that part, along with the skin. Make a crisscross incision on one side of the daikon, which will help the daikon to cook faster.

Place the piece of kombu in the base of a saucepan and add the daikon, with the incision side down. Pour over enough water to just cover the daikon. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 30–40 minutes, until the daikon is soft enough for a skewer to pass through easily.

Meanwhile, prepare the pork. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and fry the pork for 5–8 minutes, until just cooked through.

Combine the miso, brown sugar and mirin in a small bowl, then pour into the pan. Mix well, turn off the heat and set aside.

Place the daikon in a small bowl with a little of the cooking liquid. Spoon the pork mixture on top of the daikon and garnish with the lemon zest.