Job’s Tears & Sweet Vegetable Soup


  • 1 cup Job’s tears*, washed and drained
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 parsnip, diced
  • 2 dry shiitake mushrooms, soaked for 10 minutes and finely sliced
  • ¼ cup wakame seaweed, dry, soaked and chopped in small pieces
  • Spring water
  • 4 Tbsp mugi miso


Put Job’s tears and onions in a soup pot, add 7 cups of spring water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the sweet vegetable. Bring back to a boil and continue to simmer for 10 more minutes. Add the wakame. Cook for another 5 minutes.

On the side, dilute the miso with some of the hot broth from the soup. Pour into the simmering soup. Cook 1 minute, without letting it return to boil. Serve.

*Job’s Tears are also known as hato mugi and pearled barley.