Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs
This recipe is from a restaurant in Lhasa, Tibet.
- 1 lb beef, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes (beef shin or beef brisket)
- salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 6 cups water
- 1⁄2 cup beer (pale lager-style)
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
- 3⁄4 cup pearl barley
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cups button mushrooms, stemmed and quartered
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
- Season the meat generously with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Brown the beef for about 4 minutes, or until it is seared on all sides, then remove it from the pot.
- Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the pot over medium heat and sauté the carrot and onion for about 10 minutes, or until the onion turns slightly translucent. Add the water, beer, soy sauce, and beef to the pot. Bring to a boil, then decrease the heat and simmer gently, covered, for 1 1/2 hours.
- Add the tomatoes with their juice, the barley, butter, and mushrooms to the pot and cook for an additional 30 minutes, or until the barley is tender.
- Season with salt to taste and stir in the cilantro just before serving.
Excellent soup! It was very easy to prepare and even easier to eat. My family likes spice, so I added 3 diced cloves of garlic and 1 tsp of cayenne pepper. Also sliced up one stalk of celery. Next time I make it I will add some fresh ginger slices also. Served it with some good sourdough bread and some more of the beer (I used Landshark). A most satisfying meal; thanks for posting this recipe.