Ginisang Munggo or Sauteed Mung Beans with Spinach is a simple yet nice tasting Filipino vegetable dish. This is usually eaten as a main dish along with warm white rice. Some versions use fish, while there are others that make use of thin slices of pork.
I made my monggo guisado (this is what people sometimes use to refer to this dish) with dried small shrimp. It resembles “hibi”, which is a similar ingredient that I used to utilize when I was still in the Philippines. However, the latter has no head and shell, unlike this one. You can souce dried shrimp from Korean grocery stores. I got mine from there.
It is important to prepare the mung beans hour or a day before cooking. It should be soaked in water until it becomes softer, in order to make the cooking time shorter. I usually soak these overnight, but 3 hours should be enough.
There are several ways to cook ginisang munggo. I was able to share a handful in my Filipino food blog.
The Filipino way of eating munggo is either to have it only with rice, or to partner this with a fried or grilled dish, such as fried fish or grilled pork and still eat the combo with rice. This will make your experience more enjoyable.
I suggest that you also check out Adobong Kangkong. This is another easy to cook Pinoy vegetable recipe.
Try this ginisang munggo recipe. Enjoy this with newly cooked warm white rice.
- 1 cup mung beans, soaked in 2 cups water for 3 hrs.
- 4 cloves crushed garlic
- 1 medium red onion, sliced
- 1 medium ripe tomato, cubed
- ½ cup dried shrimp
- 2 to 3 cups beef broth
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons crushed chicharon (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- Heat oil in a cooking pot.
- Saute onion, garlic, and tomato.
- Add dried shrimp and mung beans. Stir.
- Pour beef broth. Let boil. Cover and cook between low to medium heat until mung beans are soft.
- Season with fish sauce and ground black pepper.
- Add spinach. Stir.Cook for 1 minute.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Top with crushed chicharon.
- Serve with rice.
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