COOKING WITH NEWBIES: How To Cook Ginisang Monggo With Pork

This popular veggie dish isn't that hard to make—take it from this beginner cook!

While not the flashiest of dishes, ginisang monggo is a staple in most Pinoys’ dining tables. It uses monggo or mung beans, which you can get pre-packed at any local supermarket—just make sure to wash them first to get rid of unwanted dirt that may have stuck to the beans.

Many Filipinos associate ginisang monggo with Fridays, which could be because of the Philippines’s predominantly Catholic population. Abstaining from meat is a common practice for a lot of Catholics, and having this hearty legume stew is a great way to have your protein without actually having meat. Plus, since monggo is often available dried, it is easier to store, unlike other vegetables that need refrigeration.

Ginisang monggo is easy to cook—and versatile, too—so you don’t have to limit yourself to only having it on Fridays. It’s a one-pot dish, making it super easy even for beginner cooks.

In this latest episode of Cooking With Newbies, newbie cook Faith Chong learns how to make this classic Pinoy stew. Mommy vlogger Faith used to work as a supervisor at a branch of a popular international coffee shop chain.

While ginisang monggo is a popular meatless dish, you can add meat to the stew to make it more filling. This recipe also uses Knorr Pork Cubes for that extra savory pork flavor. Knorr Pork Cubes are an easy and convenient way to give your ginisang monggo a delicious meaty flavor—as if you simmered pork bones for hours.

Ginisang Monggo With Pork

Prep Time: 10 minutes ( + overnight soaking time for monggo)
Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes
Ready In: 40-50 minutes
Yield: Serves 2

Ginisang Monggo With Pork Ingredients:

1/2 cup monggo beans (monggo labo)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped white onion
1/2 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped tomatoes (seeds discarded)
1/4 cup diced pork belly
salt and pepper, to taste
2-3 cups water
1 piece Knorr Pork Cube
1 cup malunggay leaves

How To Cook Ginisang Monggo With Pork

1 Wash monggo beans and soak in water overnight. Drain and set aside.

2 Heat oil in a pot, then sauté onions, garlic, and tomatoes for 2 minutes. Add the pork and cook until brown. Season with salt and pepper.

3 Add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil, around 3 minutes. Drop in the Knorr Pork Cube and stir to mix.

4 Add the monggo beans and cover the pot. Allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes or until monggo is cooked to your desired doneness and you are satisfied with the consistency.

5 Add malunggay leaves and let simmer for another 2-3 minutes.

6 Add more water if desired. Serve hot.

Tip: If you can’t find malunggay leaves in the supermarket, other options can be sili leaves or ampalaya leaves.

Whether you’re a newbie in the kitchen or consider yourself a culinary expert, you need to have ginisang monggo in your repertoire of Pinoy classic recipes. Don’t forget to level up this tasty stew with Knorr Pork Cubes.

Knorr Pork Cubes help amp up the delicious, savory flavor of the pork chunks in your monggo, making it an even tastier dish you can serve on the dinner table. Have a great time cooking!

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