Cook's Hideout: Philippines -- Guinisang Mongo (Mung Beans & Tomato)

September 18, 2014

Philippines -- Guinisang Mongo (Mung Beans & Tomato)

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series -- Around the World in 30 days
Country: P for Philippines
Dish: Guinisang Mongo (Mung Beans & Tomato)
We are going to Philippines today. One of my very dear friend is from Philippines and she was really kind enough to send me today's recipe that I followed to the 'T'.
Philippines is an island country in Southeast Asia. It is 64th largest country in the world, but is the 12th most populated country, making it quite densely populated country. I didn't know until recently that Filipino American community is the second largest Asian American group in the United States (after Chinese). I thought Indian community was much larger, but I guess I was wrong.
I have had Filipino colleagues in all of my jobs and from what I learnt from them is that they DO NOT like spicy food and they go bonkers when they eat Indian food -- it is way too spicy for them. Their cuisine has Hispanic, Chinese, American and other Asian influences. Popular dishes include adobo, sinangang, lumpia and halo-halo. Common ingredients include coconuts, mangoes, milkfish and fish sauce.
Philippines -- Guinisang Mongo (Mung Beans & Tomato)

Today's is very simple and pretty straight forward using Mung beans. It is mildly flavored with garlic, salt and pepper, but it tasted awesome with some rice. You can eat it as such as a light salad also.
Philippines -- Guinisang Mongo (Mung Beans & Tomato)
Ingredients: Serves 3~4
Mung beans - 1cup
Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Tomato - 1 medium, chopped
Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
Veggie Stock - 1cup
Salt & pepper - to taste

  • Rinse mung beans and soak them for 4~6 hours. Boil them in 4~5 cups of water until tender. I usually pressure cook them with about 2cups of water for 2~3 whistles.
  • Add 1tbsp olive oil to a pan, add onions and garlic. Cook till onions are translucent. 
  • Add tomato and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Next add the mung bans and cook for 3 minutes. 
  • Add the stock and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with some steamed rice or just as is!! (I added a sprig of mint just for the pictures, so the dish doesn't look too blah!!)


  1. Wow that's such a simple dish, just like what we make..I am so glad if we get food like this in the countries we visit..:)

  2. haha, I do like that spring of mint on the beans.. :) I can have this beans as salad. Nice recipe.

    Each time I see those spoons in your pictures, I regret not buying them. They looked bulky in the store and was in two minds. Wished I had picked them up.

  3. Such a simple preparation. Sure to bring out the flavor in the mung. I love such simple dishes.

  4. Such a simple and healthy recipe.
    And BTW I guess our spice loving palates can't handle their bland food. :)

  5. Love the mung beans cooked like this. I usually steam them but this sounds just perfect!

  6. simple and delicious, beautiful pictures

  7. Nutritious dish definitely, easy to make and delicious to have with a bowl of rice definitely.

  8. Simple mung beans, nearly the same as I the presentation..looks nice and vibrant.

  9. wow thats similar to what we do in inida isn't it :) very very tempting mongo and love the flavorful addition of garlic in it !! very very tempting dish !!

  10. Simple and delicious. I will lov ethis as a salad.

  11. This sounds so similar to the version we make here but ours is more gravy type. Very nice dish...


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