Filippino Mung Bean Soup

Filippino Mung Bean Soup

This soup has a comforting and gentle flavor, like adzuki bean soup.

Ingredients: 3 to 4 servings

Mung beans
150 g
Block of pork belly
50 - 100 g
1 clove
600 ml
Consomme soup stock cube (beef bouillon, if available)
Fish sauce
1 teaspoon or more
Vegetable oil
As needed
Spinach or mulūkhīya
5 to 6 leaves


1. Prep the ingredients Rinse the mung beans, then soak in water for 6 hours.
2. Thinly slice the onion, mince the garlic, rough chop the tomato, and cube the pork into 1 cm wide pieces.
3. Put the pork into a pot with a thick bottom, and slowly sauté on low heat until the fat becomes brown and crisp.
4. Lightly blot the melted fat with a paper towel, then, to one side, add vegetable oil and the garlic, and slowly sauté until lightly browned.
5. Add the onions, sauté until tender, add the tomatos, then combine all the ingredients with the pork. Add the fish sauce.
6. Add the mung beans and water, then heat on high. Skim any scum from the surface, reduce to low-medium, cover pot with a lid, then simmer until the beans are tender.
7. After about 30 minutes, the beans will start to split open. Add the consomme, then simmer for about 5 minutes to blend the flavors. If it needs more salt, add more fish sauce to taste.
8. Add the leaves of the spinach, cover the pot for 1 to 2 minutes, then it's done!

Story Behind this Recipe

'Ginisang Munggo' is a standard home-cooked dish of the Philippines. It's delicious even without meat.