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Monday, December 13, 2004

Munggo Guisado

This post does not mean I had this for my birthday. This is for Thess, who surprised me with her request for me to post my recipe for munggo guisado. (She herself is an awesome cook! I doubt that I can compare! Her cooking prowess is so evident in her blog.)

For the animal protein, you may substitute shrimps or combine pork with shrimps, or add shredded tinapa (smoked herring). I love adding roughly crumbled (if big) pieces of chicharon as topping for ginisang munggo. I got the idea from my medical school where I got free board and lodging and the kusinera was another Ilokana. If you know how to make good chicharon, they're better (I have not had any luck with my experimentations.)


mung beans, 1 cup, washed and soaked in tepid water for 30 minutes prior to boiling

1 tbsp cooking oil

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 small onion, sliced

1 cup pork (sliced thinly about 2 inches long by 1 inch wide)

2 tbsp patis (optional)

3 medium tomatoes, sliced

1 cup broth (or more; may use water; add acoording to the consistency you want)

salt and pepper to taste

dash of dried basil leaves

2 cups spinach leaves (or amount depends on how much you want)


Boil mung beans for 30 minutes on moderately-low heat. Check from time to time to ensure it does not get dry. Stir occasionally.

When almost ready, sautee the garlic, onion, then pork for about 2 minutes, then add tomatoes and sautee for about 1 minute. Add patis (and tinapa, if using) and let simmer for about 10 seconds.

Add mongo and broth. Cover and simmer (you may lower the heat some more) for about 5 minutes. If you are using shrimp, you may add at this point.

Add the basil, stir and adjust the taste with salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and add the spinach, stirring it in.

Place in bowl. Top with chicharon, if desired.

Serve with rice.

Hubby has never had the interest to try this, as is always the case with veggie-based dishes.


  1. Manang! Maraming maraming salamat ha, muah! I have never cooked this before and once I have, I'll post it.

    Naku, susme, ang aking 'prowess' sa kitchen ay hindi maihahalintulad sa iyo at sa iba pang mahuhusay na cooks around like Stel, celia, ting...I learn a lot from you guys!

  2. Oh yum. Salamat po sa recipe! I've been looking for this one for ages.

  3. your ginisang mungo is very good. Try adding ampalaya leaves.

  4. hi there!

    i bought munggo seeds last weekend..and was checking your recipe stuffs if you've got it! thankfully, it is in there.. ;)
    it's the first time i cooked munggo and first time my french husband has tasted it! i can tell you, it is so delicious..we loved it and i will really be glad to cook this and share it to my in-laws!:)

    take care and greetings from france!

  5. To anonymous,

    Thanks! I envy you for having a husband who would taste new foods!

  6. Manang,

    pwede din ba na bagoong ang ilagay instead of patis and/or tinapa? Parang nakakain ako ng munggo before na may bagoong e..

  7. Hi t,
    Pwede rin ata, pero bihira kasi akong magluto with bagoong (nababahuan talaga asawa ko eh!) so hindi ako familiar kung paano "lutuin" ang bagoong (para lumitaw yung flavor na gusto natin, hindi yung uncooked taste). Ikaw na bahala mag-experiment, if you dare. :D

  8. i miss eating munggo guisado, the last time was a year ago

  9. I appreciate your step by step photos and have enjoyed reading your blog. I am a Filipina who was born and raised in America and am trying to cook more dishes that my parents made when I was growing up. So reading your blog has helped me learn those dishes. Munggo is one of my favorite Filipino dishes especially with chicharon. Even my dog likes it! I am a new blogger and posted a "remix" of munggo with an Italian & American twist foodflavorfascination.wordpress.com
    It's different, but still reminds me of munggo :D


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