Ginisang munggo or stir-fried mung beans is a very common dish in the Philippines. I had to learn this Filipino home-cooking recipe because my husband loves it. Also, ginisang munggo is usually part of a Filipino household's meals so it's a must that I be able to cook it at home.
And now, it has become a tradition for us to have ginisang munggo every Friday nights. I don't know why, but we never seem to get tired of it. :)
You may remember me sharing how to cook mung beans a few months back. I used shrimp paste in making that dish. That's one way of cooking ginisang munggo. Another way is by using dried shrimps instead of the shrimp paste.
Ingredients in cooking ginisang munggo with dried shrimps:
- munggo or mung beans, boiled until soft and tender
- cooking oil
- pork, cut into small sizes
- garlic, crushed
- onions, chopped
- tomatoes, chopped
- dried shrimps
- fish sauce
- ground pepper
Let's start cooking ginisang munggo!
1. Boil the mung beans under medium to high heat for 30-45 minutes. When the beans of soft enough to be crushed by the ladle against the pot, set aside.
Quick tip: Do not throw away the mung bean's soup. Use it as your base instead of hot water when cooking ginisang munggo.
2. Saute' a portion of the crushed garlic together with the pork.
3. When the pork turns golden, set aside. Season with fish sauce.
4. Saute' the rest of the garlic; then the onions.
5. Add in the dried shrimps; then the tomatoes.
Quick tip: In buying dried shrimps, make sure you choose the big ones to add texture in your meal.
6. When the tomatoes start to cook, put in the seasoned pork.
7. Add some of the mung beans' soup unto the dish to prevent the mixture from drying up.
8. Slowly add the mung beans with its soup unto the dish.
9. Allow the dish to simmer under low to medium heat.
10. Season with pepper and fish sauce. No need to put other kinds of seasoning or msg.
It's the same dish without the Barrio Fiesta shrimp paste. Remember me when you cook!