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.
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Tips for Monggo Guisado with shrimps.
- Soak the mung beans for easier cooking.
Monggo Guisado with Shrimps
- 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!