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Barley Soup
from Giorgio Oscar Bosso - Los Angeles California, USA

For 4 people

Healing properties of Barley:
cooling and thermal nature; sweet and salty flavor; strengthens the spleen-pancreas, regulates the stomach, and fortifies the intestines.

cooking time 45 to 1 hour.

  • 3/4 c soaked and washed barley
  • 6 c filter water
  • 1 med. dry shiitake mushroom
  • 1/2 c dry daikon
  • 3 slices lotus roots
  • 2 inch kombu (seaweed)
1. Wash barley and soak all of other above ingredients together overnight.

2. Next morning finely chop shiitake and lotus root, discard stem from shiitake mushroom.

3. Put all ingredients into a pot, bring to a boil, place flame deflector under pot and simmer 45 to 1 hour. ten minutes before adding 1/2 tsp. Tamari sauce and cover.

4. garnish with dandalion or scallions

Notes: you can add also, cabagge and onions.

To do so, when water is boiling add onions and cook for 1 minute, and then add the rest of the soaking vegetables and barley, add the minced cabbage, cover and cook.