Mushrooms and Barley Soup

June 15, 2012

Mushrooms and Barley Soup

What a week it had been for us!!!

Last weekend, H and I spent our Sunday... just the two of us... 
We were neither 
having a romantic dinner over candlelights nor 
walking hand in hand along the beach, watching the sun set nor 
on a secret holiday getaway...

hmmm... it would be nice...

We spent 4 hours sitting (well I sat and H was sort of mid-way sitting and lying in bed).. and waiting in the Emergency Room at the hospital nearby, waiting for the doctor ....

H had a minor 'freak' accident at home... he had a deep gashed on his forehead, and the 'culprit' was the door latch (the part that goes into the door strike). So be mindful of the danger lurking in your household... the door latch may look harmless... it was nothing but...

After 4 hours and 6 sutures later, he was on the mend... joked that he was 1 inch shy of having Harry Porter's trade mark scar... sheeesh!!!! that man could still joke despite the pain... must be the anaethestic 

Mushrooms and Barley Soup  contain 4 types of mushrooms.

Since there is one 'sick' person in the house plus the weather was getting cold and colder everyday... Its just appropriate to introduce soup into our menu.... 

Barley and 4 types of mushroom soup it is. Of course my two beloved teens were pulling faces looking into the pot... they are both HUGE fan of mushrooms (NOT!!)... its difficult to get them to eat one type of mushroom, and now its FOUR... pengsan!!! (faint)...

Mushrooms and Barley Soup recipe.

It's back to see the doctor again today, to take out the stitches.
Perhaps mushroom soup on the dining table again!!! (kids will definitely *faint*)

Last but not least.. to all our 'Well Wishers ... we say 'Thank you'...  

Mushrooms and Barley Soup Recipe 

serve 6-8(adapted n 'tweaked' from Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant)
1/4 cup of Pearl Barley
20g dried Porcini mushrooms - soaked overnight
200g button mushrooms
200g Swiss Mushrooms
5 dried Shiitake mushrooms
1 large brown onion - chopped
2 garlics - chopped
2 sprigs of Rosemary
5 sprigs of Thyme
30g butter
2 tablespoon of Mirin
1 cube vegetable stock
4 cups of water
salt and pepper
EVOO infused with Chilli

  1. Cook barley with 3 cups of water for 1 hour then drained.
  2. Squeezed the water out of porcini mushroom. Reserved the soaking water. 
  3. Chopped all 4 mushrooms.  
  4. In a medium size stockpot, melt the butter and saute onion till translucent, add garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper. Saute for another 5 minutes.
  5. Add porcini, barley, stock, water, mirin and porcini reserved soaking water into the stockpot. Bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes. 
  6. Add shitake mushroom, bring to boil n simmer for another 10 minutes. 
  7. Add remaining of chopped mushrooms. 
  8. Season to taste.
  9. Reserved about 4 tablespoon of the mushrooms and barley, and blitz the remaining barley and mushrooms in the food processor until smooth. 
  10. Serve in individual bowls and topped up with chunky mushrooms/ barley.
  11. Drizzle with EVOO infused with Chilli if desired
~ I preferred the soup ~'Chunky'...


  1. Gorgeous soup! So hearty and comforting :-)

  2. delicious looking flavourful soup looks wonderful

  3. A wonderfully comforting and flavorful soup! Gorgeous clicks too.



  4. That door latch must have been enchanted by an evil witch :-(. But looks like this soup can sooth and cure anything :-). Simply beautiful!

  5. Do be careful next time and take good care. Having a hot soup during the winter is the most best thing to warm ourselves. Your mushroom soup looks delicious with the bread deep in.

  6. Hi Lisa, your hubby sure got sense of humor. With the stitches still can joked!!

    I don't quite like mushroom soup but love your soup presentation.

    Have a nice weekend.

  7. Oh, I love mirin added while cooking. This soup is so has got a blend of different types of mushrooms and this looks extremely appetizing!

  8. Come to think of it, I've never really used shiitake in a soup like this. What a great soup! The last picture make me drool... wish I have it right in front of me. I can't help staring at your lovely pictures, Lisa!!!

  9. A comforting bowl of soup!
    Apa khabar recently?

  10. Mmmm....lovely soup :) food for the soul :)

  11. Glad that H was ok. Did you manage to get your teens to eat the soup? It looks lovely to me. I love mushroom soup!

  12. Glad to hear that your hubby is all better now and that's one great looking soup!!!
    I love mushroom soup but I've never made it before(hey...what's new? haha). I've never heard of swiss mushrooms so I will have to keep a lookout for them!

  13. Lisa, this is a good idea. I can adapt this for my 20-month old son! :)

  14. Thank you everyone... :)

    WokandSpoon~ sadly...they refused to :(

  15. I love mushrooms so much! They're my favorite meat replacement!

  16. I am glad H is better now but you are seriously naughty naughty. So, they don't like mushroom and you added 4 type in it :)

  17. B @ Crags and Veggies
    Thank you for dropping by my space :D

    'Mean' is my middle name ;P

  18. great soup and hope hes ok now :-) and all the best for your son with his finals

  19. Absolutely stunning photography and food styling! The light is perfect...makes me totally jealous :)
    The soup looks comforting and delicious. I love the flavors you've put into it. I want to take a bite! So glad I found your blog, can't wait to try your recipes.

  20. Rebecca
    Thank you :D

    Thank you for dropping by my humble virtual kitchen.. :D

  21. I like it chunky too! I also made mushroom soup recently and using some almond meal and barley flour to thicken the soup after adding some heavy cream.

  22. Oh man... Hospital "dramas" are the worst! Hopefully this was the "season finale" and you won't have to stay tuned for the "next episode" after all that hehe. This soup is amazing. So special lah got mirin summore. Will def make this soon! =)

  23. I can almost feel the homey feeling through your photos, Lisa :)
    Thanks for submitting your photo to DMBLGiT July