Hua Chai Po หัวไชโป๊
Preserved turnip adds a great flavor to Pad Thai and rice soup.
Hua chai po or preserved turnip goes by many names, preserve turnip, salted turnip, salted radish etc. They come whole, shredded or ground. Look for them in non-refrigerated section, possibly with other dry goods. They come in small plastic bags. You can see the brownish turnip through the plastic bag. The color brown is like paper bag brown. There should be no water in the bag. It is ready to be used, no rehydration necessary. It’s not necessary to keep it in the refrigerator. But most Americans, I notice, keep everything in the fridge. The turnip would certainly last longer in the fridge.