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Thursday, March 24, 2005

TOGE (Mung Bean Sprouts)

Para ke Loree H. Love you!

I had plenty of mung beans; thanks to my online friends who sent me several packages. Because of this abundance, I once again had that tendency to experiment with them. I thought I'd make my own sprouts.

Prepare the baking dish by putting 2-3 layers of paper towel submerged in tepid water that is 1 inch high. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of mung beans to distribute as evenly as you can. Cover loosely with plastic (I use the plastic pouch that came with the traveling bags.) then place on a warm floor (if you don't have a warm floor, use heating pad. Heating pads are used by gardeners when they are starting their seedlings indoors in preparation for spring/summer planting to maximize the warm weather.)

Everyday add 1 cup of water by pouring slowly and carefully as to not displace the sprouts from where they have established their roots in the paper towel (which serves as a substrate much like the soil. Without paper towel, and without anything for the roots to hold on to, the seeds just drown in the water and rot. I know because I tried to eliminate this factor after successful sprouting on the third try, and so failed without it.)

With my experimentations, I came to the conclusion on what were obvious needed factors when sprouting:

1. Paper towel serves as a growing medium like soil.

2. Water to germinate the seeds and feed the seedlings.

3. Plastic to keep the moisture in and the cold air out, not to keep the dust off. (Remember, this is not the Philippines. My area is cold and the air is so dry that humidity levels drop down to 30% in winter time. Without the plastic, the radicle that started to grow after one day just stopped growing. I realized it was because the cold and dry air tended to cool the water enough to inhibit germination and also would dry up the area surrounding the sprouts, making them brown.)

4. Warm floor or heating pad (the optimal temperature would be around 70-80 deg F, which would sound ridiculous for someone living in the PI, where temperature changes are not noted so much because they are pretty much stable, so in PI, one can place this anywhere in the house).

See...I am really learning about gardening.

Harvest these sprouts on the third day. Rinse well and refrigerate. Consume on the same day of harvesting. I am guessing that light promotes greening of these sprouts and formation of leaves, but I am not sure. I have done these at least 5 times successfully, and ate these. They tasted good and not at all bitter. I even tried to taste the raw brownish root tips, and they had the pleasant taste of raw greens.

What to do with toge?

Sauteed with ground beef (you may add julienned carrots and 1/2 cup of beef broth), you may eat this with plain rice, or make spring rolls out of them (adding strips of sweet potatoes is also desirable for me)...

I even used it in leftover tortilla from a taco kit dinner...

I also add it to shredded leftover beef pares.(I reheat the leftover, then sprinkle the sprouts and just get them to the point of blanching.)

So for those of you who like bean sprouts, just give it three days. As long as you store mung beans, you will not have to go to the grocery store to buy mung bean sprouts.

Nutritional value of mung bean sprouts, taken from nutritiondata.com:

The Good
This food is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Folate, Copper and Manganese.

The Bad
A large portion of the calories in this food come from sugars.

Detailed nutritional information can be seen here.

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  1. You're back!! You must be enjoying/busy with work what with your long absence. :)
    Love toge in thick lumpias dipped in vinegar, garlic and a tad bit of patis. Yum!

  2. Bilib talaga ako sayo, Manang. You even make your own toge, and use it in such creative ways. Love the taco idea!

  3. Hi CeliaK! Medyo, busy kaa-apply sa panibagong employer. Buti I was able to find a better one (ala pang 1 month sa dati eh! Haha!) Relax na ako ngayon, pero dalang pa rin ang blogging at hopping.
    JMom, yeah...it is just so convenient to have it whenever I want. Always fresh.
    FM, Happy Easter to you, too!!!!

    GUYS...I miss reading your blogs...pasensya na sa dalang ng dalaw.

  4. Thank you very much. Can you actually leave them longer so the radicle can be more plump? Anyway, I think that should be my experiment. LOL. My in-law is quite intrigue with the mung beans, she wanted to plant them for her garden. Yaiks, I am not sure if that is even possible. i told her I probably know how to germinate (toge) but to see it grow further..hmmmmmm...not sure. I love toge with lumpia! By the way, have you tried making ensaymada? There is one recipe I found in the internet (apparently by Nora Daza) but I couldnt make sense of it. Maybe you could..hehehe.

  5. Manag, I like this taco filling idea, kakaiba! And since I love toge...hmmm, masubukan nga.

  6. Hi Manang, I was just dropping by to see what you're up to and to say hi!

    To your commenter, Loree h., tell her to check out Santos' blog at http://scentofgreenbananas.blogspot.com/2005/03/ensaymada.html
    She just posted a terrific enseymada recipe. I am going to try it out too.

  7. Hi Manang,
    Pwede ba malaman kung saan makaka kuha ng mungo beans to make grow toge???

  8. I'll try to germinate toge this week. I love your step-by-step salted eggs making procedure. I'll work on that too. Your web is a great source of inspiration to many filipinas just in your neighbouring states. Please keep on writing, I can't help but feel like a part of you and your family through your web. Regarding the negative reactions re: dr stuff story, I noticed that only the ones who know you commented on them adversely. I would not pay attention to them. We are all aware of what and how the Phil. system works. At least you are being honest and most of all true to your words. I'm always in tuned.

  9. hi manang..my husband love's to eat especially lumpiang toge, un nbibili kong toge d2 eh hindi na fresh. thanks for giving me idea to produce my own made fresh toge.
    ginawa ko na dati toh sa school way back elementary kya lang nkalimutan ko na.hehehehe
    ngayon ko ulit gagawin..and im expecting after three days eh harvest time na!!!

  10. I am slowly coming back to blogging...
    Mung beans are available in Asian stores or Spice of Life.

    Anonymous, sorry, I might have disappointed you because of my rare postings. I will try to come back slowly to blogging, kahit paisa-isa lang.

    Maiboo, I have found out that if you put more beans, such that they are crowded, the more straight the radicles turn out, so that they resemble the ones available in the grocery stores.

    I have had other experiments like growing them without light (covered with magazine), but that was not successful kasi inamag (mold) then nabulok.


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