Ginisang Munggo at Chicharon

Ginisang Munggo at Chicharon is a delicious mung bean stew flavored with crispy pork cracklings. Thick, hearty, tasty, and budget-friendly, it’s the ultimate comfort food!

 

Mung beans are a staple ingredient in my kitchen. Not only are they easy to cook in both sweet and savory dishes, but they are also an economical source of protein and fiber.

A typical peasant fare, a one-pound package of beans that costs roughly $2 can generously feed a large crowd with plenty of leftovers to spare. #winner

My favorite way to prepare this superfood was with shrimp, but a friend of mine introduced me to using pork cracklings years ago, and I haven’t looked back since. Munggo with pork or with shrimp are indeed delicious versions in their own right, but the added taste and texture of chunks of fatty chicharon just can’t be beaten!

As the crispy pork rinds simmer and soften in the broth, the rendered fat infuses the munggo soup with delectable flavor. And with verdant spinach leaves steamed in the pot just until wilted to round things up, this ginisang munggo is nutritious as it is delicious.

Ingredient suggestions

  • For extra nutrition, add seeded and sliced ampalaya during the last 5 minutes of cook time.
    You can substitute malunggay or chili leaves for spinach.
  • I used the chicharon available at our neighborhood supermarket, but if you can, choose the pork crackling variety with a thick cap of meat attached.
  • Have lechon kawali on hand? Swap for the chicharon. For a less fat version, try flaked tinapa or crispy dilis.

Cooking tips

  • There’s no need to presoak the mung beans! They’ll cook and be ready to saute in about an hour.
  • Check the package date! Older beans take longer to cook and soften.

How to serve

  • Ginisang munggo at chicharon is delicious on its own or as served as the main dish with steamed and grilled meat or fish.
  • Transfer leftovers to a container with a lid and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in a saucepan over medium heat until completely warmed through. Add more water to loosen consistency and adjust seasonings as needed.

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