Apr 082013

Green Bean Soup with Mochi Balls from Simple Recipes Dot Me (6)

This is one of the food that I love and amazes me that my husband enjoys it… very much…I say that because this is so “Asian”…even many Asian people do not care for it, let alone people that was never exposed to it…

I must admit that the concept of sweet bean soup with mochi. Mochi? Yes, this gooey sticky little balls floating in a not so appealing murky, brownish, greenish color soup…and served iced, cold or warm? Yes, it might be troublesome for some people to accept hehehe! That is why I was so surprised that my husband embraced this dessert/snack so fast and often asks me to make it.

I have been cooking this for a while and it is perfect at any season of the year…I serve it cold/iced during summer and warm during winter. I often have the little mochi balls in the freezer…so when need I boiled them for a few minutes and it is ready to go.

In this particular recipe I added barley and use coconut sugar to sweeten the green bean soup, but you are free to use whatever kind of grains and sugar.


1 ½ cup dry green beans (mung beans)
1/3 cup barley
Coconut sugar to taste

Mochi Balls (fresh or frozen) recipe at Simple Ideas

Green Bean Soup with Mochi Balls from Simple Recipes Dot Me (2)

Green Bean Soup with Mochi Balls from Simple Recipes Dot Me (1)


Wash the green beans and soak in water overnight. Do the same with the barley.

Place the bean and the barley in a thermo cooker and follow the instruction, making sure that the beans are fully cooked and soft. In case you do not have a thermo cooker please do the following:

In a big pot add the green bean and barley with water, about 1 ½ in above the bean. Cook until the beans have soften.

Add more water and coconut sugar to your taste. You can adjust the thickness of the soup according to your taste.

Cook the mochi balls accordingly, drain and put in the bean soup, or if you want to serve them cold, rinse the mocha balls with cold water and then add to the bean soup.

I hope you are dare enough to try this simple recipe for Green Bean Soup with Mochi…and hey, you might find out that you like this.

Green Bean Soup with Mochi Balls from Simple Recipes Dot Me (5)

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that the bean sprouts that you often see in Asian groceries are germinated from mung beans? Moreover, the starch extracted from these beans is used to make the bean thread or glass noodles, which are popular in Asian cuisine

Thank you for stopping by Simple Recipes [dot] Me and have a great week!

  58 Responses to “Green Bean and Barley Soup with Mochi Balls”

  1. I will admit this is unusual for me – but looking at the ingredients – it does sound comforting in a delicious way. Saving this to look for ingredients. I am a soup-o-holic and would love to try this.

  2. Juliana I love soups and this look delicious!

  3. Sorry was a crazy wee last week. OK so this one really threw me off because I assumed it was a savory dish and I was surprised to see mochi…but it is sweet. is it anything like the 3 bean drink in Viet restaurants? Looks weird but I would definitely try it.

  4. HI Juliana,
    What a fantastic, flavourful and comforting bowl of soup!!
    Cheers my darling and hope you have a fantastic week,

  5. LOL Your post made me giggle. Very unusual soup – never heard of mochi balls; looks like hard boiled eggs.

  6. I love mochi balls, especially the ones with black sesame paste inside. Gooey! Green bean and barley soup goes perfectly with them, your dish looks really delicious.

  7. Even though I am SO not Asian this sounds like something I would love. The texture of mochi just makes me so happy!

  8. I love the concept of this! Very different, but totally awesome sounding 🙂

  9. Oooh! What a tasty soup!

  10. So warming and flavoursome 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. We enjoy sweet bean dishes, and the kid loves mochi in all forms. This sounds wonderful.

  12. Hi Juliana, This recipe is one of the more unusual ones I’ve seen–simple, but a unique combination of ingredients. But I trust your good judgement that it is delicious, so, someday, I might dare to make it!

  13. Different than what I’m used to, but I’m sure it was delicious by the ingredients. I think we all need to stretch a bit sometimes and try new foods. Hope you and the family had a wonderful Easter.

  14. Love a comfy ‘tong sui’ like this!

  15. I’ve never heard of mochi balls but if I would be able to find some I’d like to know how they taste 🙂 I’m so glad your husband enjoyed your dish!

  16. I’ve never heard of green bean soup!

  17. Juliana I look at this bowl and it hurts my head that it’s sweet. 🙂 I’d love to try it!

  18. Sure, mochi balls (we call them tong yuen) in bean soups are our all time favorite; love them flavored by coconut sugar too.

  19. I noticed some re-alignment of this space. All for the better and like the new style.This mochi is also popular over here and its my fav but not all the time. Out of the blues I can be hit with desire for a delicious and nutty beans sweet porridge, like this that is awesomely getting me hyped up.

  20. I have cooked barley and green beans like this before but have tried adding mochi balls! Sounds delicious! Will try this in December for the Winter Solstice festival:D

  21. Indeed very unusual Juliana! I am very curious how it tastes! Looks very tasty though! Thanks for your beautiful birthday wishes!!

  22. We do something similar to this and I love it. The only difference is that we cook it in coconut milk

  23. I love when our husbands surprise us! I have not heard of mochi balls before, so will be checking those out 🙂

  24. Oh this is one of my favourite desserts! I love it so much and I’ve gotten my husband to like it too 🙂

  25. What an unique and delicious soup! I love the addition of mochi balls.

  26. This dish is definitely new to me. But I can imagine all the flavours and it sure sounds delicious. thanks for sharing

  27. Well, that was a fascinating post, Juliana. Mochi I love….but always think of it filled with ice cream or sorbet. It’s one of my favorite desserts and I order it every time I see it on a menu. In a soup? I can’t quite get my head around that. 🙂

  28. I never tasted mochi balls before & I must try this tasty sounding & strange looking dish!

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe thzt I absolutely must try, Juliana! 🙂 xxx

  29. This is a new recipe for me – something I don’t think I’ve seen on a menu (or if I did, I overlooked it). It does sound pretty interesting! Now I can’t rest until I try mochi balls! Fun post – thanks.

  30. Oh wow! I’ve never had this before. I’d like to try it — especially the mochi balls. 🙂

  31. Sopa espectacular muy saludable especial para hoy hace mucho frío .saludos amiga buena semana,hugs,hugs.

  32. I’m a huge mochi AND red bean fan, but never tried adding mochi in green bean! I go to this chinese restaurant because they serve the green bean soup at the end (for free!). The food there is so so, but I go for green bean soup. 🙂 I should totally make this at home!

  33. I grew up eating this for desserts and many other bean related desserts. So yum!

  34. An interesting recipe and lovely soup!



  35. I admit I’d take chocolate cake over Asian dessert soups any day. But I do find them interesting to taste. LOL

  36. Have added glutinous rice to my green bean soup but not barley, must try next time. I too love the mochi balls with the black sesame fillings.

  37. Never tried mochi but this soup looks quite good, I would love to try it !

  38. Hi Juliana! I’m always up to try something new and I especially love soups-so healthy and the perfect comfort food;-)
    I hope you are having a wonderful week;-)

  39. What an interesting Asian dessert, Juliana! I’d love to try it for the very first time.

  40. I would love to give this a try! It sounds like a perfect snack or dessert and I love that it can be served hot or cold!

  41. This is a lovely dessert! I’m sure my family would enjoy this as well. Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great weekend!

  42. Yummy! My girls love this sweet soup and mochi balls.

  43. Healthy combo and looks fabulous!

  44. Oh, sweet green bean soup was my favorite when I was growing up! It’s been a long time since I last had it. Love the idea of adding mochi balls in it, Juliana. This is something I need to try! Sounds so good!

  45. Yay….my favourite. My daughter just told me this evening that she wants to cook mung bean soup. She said she will add sago balls. I have never tried adding barley and mochi balls. I have eaten it though, cooked by y friends. I should try that one day, too. Thanks for reminding. Hope you have a great week.

  46. I would never have thought of this as a dessert with the dry green beans and barley. I’m totally intrigued, and if your hubby loves it, that’s testimony that it has to be great. I know when my husband approves a recipe that it’s definitely a keeper.

  47. This is so interesting, never seen anything like it before!

  48. Juliana, strangely, mochi balls are one of the rare Asian “exotic” sweets I love. The soup goes well beyon the exotic… It is most intriguing, but also looks very appetising.

  49. This is must have dessert menu while dining on chinese restaurant,
    btw, we used to called what u called as”green bean’ as “mung bean’ and “green bean’ is for green pea
    LoL, local’s language is sometimes confusing

  50. The combination is unusual but I’ll wager it is delicious. I hope your weekend is off to a great start. Blessings…Mary

  51. those aren’t the kind of green beans to which i’m accustomed, but i’d still enjoy the heck out of ’em! 🙂

  52. Juliana, this is such a different, unique and delicious soup that I would love to try. I must admit that I’ve never heard of it, that’s because I’m so used to the ‘same old/same old’ foods. Must widen my culinary horizons! xo

  53. I haven’t heard of this dessert before. It certainly looks interesting. I need to try more Asian desserts as I’m so unfamiliar with them xx

  54. I have never heard of mochi balls before nor I have I ever tasted them. This looks like such an interesting soup and one that I will have to try to make. When I first saw the photos I thought those were whole eggs in the soup. The fact that you can also eat this cold and iced sounds so intriguing!

  55. I love mochi, I love green bean soup and I think this combination is perfect. I would love a bowl or two.

  56. Although quite unusual, it sounds really good.

  57. I actually love bean and barley soup, but never tried it with mochi. Looks and sounds very delicious!

  58. Sign me up for this! I love it…my grandfather used to cook us all types of dessert soups like this one (though I’ve never had this version) growing up, and I just adore plain doughy mochi balls! He used to make them and give me a piece to play with; it was so much fun. Now I know where to go for one of these recipes! : )