Monggo Guisado with Shrimps

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Mung Beans Soup or “Monggo Guisado” is regarded as a traditional Filipino dish. The mung bean is a plant species in the legume family. You can use mung bean as an ingredient in both savory and sweet dishes. Just a small amount of mung beans with added meat (chicken, pork, or shrimp) can easily feed an entire family. It is a quite cheap to make and also very nutritious! If you’re abroad, you can find mung beans in any Asian store. This is a quick and easy recipe, once you pre soaked the mung beans (this applies to all beans, too). In case you don’t know it yet, it is a must or it will take forever to cook the beans. My reason for loving this dish is because of the taste – and the fact that its also really good for you is an added bonus. So if you’re in a budget but wish to serve a healthy dish, try this recipe.

Healthy Mung Bean Soup

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Tips for Monggo Guisado with shrimps.

  • Soak the mung beans for easier cooking.

Monggo Guisado with Shrimps

Mung beans are easy to cook, work well with other ingredients and flavorings, an excellent source of protein and fiber, and budget-friendly, too.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Soaking time4 hrs
Total Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: monggo, mung beans, shrimp, soup
Servings: 10
Author: Mia


  • 2 cups mung beans (munggo)
  • 5-7 cups water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp bagoong (shrimp paste)
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium bitter gourd (ampalaya) sliced
  • 12 pcs shrimps cooked and peeled
  • 1 pc shrimp cube optional


  • In a bowl, soak the mung beans in water for 4 hours and set aside.
  • In a cooking pot, boil the mung beans until soft then mash the beans but not too much keeping some of the mung bean shells intact. 
  • Separate the beans and water by draining but keep the water for later use. Set aside.
  • In another cooking pot. saute garlic onion until the onion is translucent. Add shrimp paste, bitter gourd (ampalaya) and shrimps. Continue mixing then let simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add the mashed mung beans and the shrimp cube to the sauteed ingredients and mix for about 2 minutes. Then add the water where you boiled the beans and simmer until bitter gourd is soft/cooked. 
  • Check the taste and adjust according to your preference. Place while hot in a serving bowl and enjoy! Bon appetit!

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