Dear SOS: Last weekend we went to Chef Hannes Restaurant in El Segundo. We had a wonderful meal. To start it off, we had a curried chicken soup with barley and, unexpectedly, bananas. This was very special. I would like to know how they put it together.
Dear Mary: Yes, there are bananas, but no, there is no barley. That was brown rice. Chef Hannes adds a scoop of cooked brown rice before ladling out the soup. He says it’s optional, though. If you’d like to add brown rice to your soup, cook it separately. The directions will be on the package.