Hato Mugi Soup

Ingredients

    • 1 leek, chopped (only the white part)
    • 8 cups spring water
    • 2 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked for ½ hour and cut into small pieces
    • 3” piece of kombu seaweed, soaked 10 minutes and cut into small sticks.
    • 1 cup hato mugi (also known as pearl barley or job’s tears) grain
    • 1 small carrot, cut julienne style
    • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
    • Soy sauce for taste

 

Preparation

Clean and wash the hato mugi well, being careful because this grain often has stones and dirt in it). Put it in a soup pot with the water, kombu, shiitake mushrooms and bring to a boil. Cook with medium-high flame for 20 minutes (note this grain will not get soft on a low temperature). Add carrots, sprouts and return to a boil. Continue to cook until the grain is soft. Add soy sauce to taste and serve.