I copied this recipe from one of Gordon Ramsay's cookbooks. I really enjoyed this. I chopped the mushroom finely in my food processor as my DD will not eat mushroom unless they are pulverized and there are a lot of mushrooms in this recipe. You can do all the prep the night before, then just throw everything in the crockpot before going to work and come back to a nice batch of soup. Prep Time includes soaking of dehydrated mushrooms.
- 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, dried
- 3 cups hot water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 8 ounces stewing beef, trimmed, cut into bite size pieces and patted dry
- 4 stalks celery, diced
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon gingerroot, minced
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
- 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, fresh, stems removed and caps sliced
- 2⁄3 cup barley
- 4 cups beef stock
- 1⁄4 cup soy sauce
- green onion, finely chopped
- In a bowl, combine dried mushrooms with hot water, let stand 30 minutes. Strain through a sieve lined with paper towel, reserving liquid. Remove stems. Pat dry and chop finely. Set mushrooms and liquid aside, separately.
- In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add beef, celery, onion and reserved mushrooms; cook, stirring for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, pepper and five spice; cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add fresh mushrooms and barley; toss to coat. Add stock and reserved mushroom liquid; bring to a boil over high heat. Transfer to slow cooker stoneware.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours, until barley is tender. Stir in soy sauce.
- Ladle into bowls and garnish with green onions.