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Jan 28, 2007 06:55 PM

Mung beans, any ideas?

I have a beautiful bag of mung beans. I have never cooked with them before so I'm puzzled as to how and what to do with them. I had a filipino girlfriend a few years ago that has since moved away, and I thought she said her mom made them with pork chops?
Is there a good recipe out there, do I cook them like lentils, or in a stew? I welcome your ideas and suggestions!

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  1. Steamed mung beans are a common ingredient in banh xeo (q.v.).


    1. I often use small yellow mung beans mixed in w/rice r even mixed w/split pea soup :0 KQ

      1. So I take it the y cook fairly fast, like a lentil or split pea. Would you eat them by themselves or add them to a dish?

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        1. re: chef chicklet

          They cook faster than split peas. I have never eaten them alone. They're really bland. Cook in stock of some sort then add to something, rice or ? If in soup add at the last minute. Maybe you could mash or put in blender to make a soup like split pea. Mung bean and butternut or ?

        2. Sprout them, and use them in salads or stir-fry.

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          1. re: ChiliDude

            Are you serious? I l adore sprouts, I couldn't like kill myself with some vile food bacteria now could I?

            1. re: chef chicklet

              Easy as pie, and I wouldn't be worried about bacteria on them if they're grown in clean water in a clean bowl. Be forewarned, my husband just did it, and 2 cups or so of beans produced about a gallon of sprouts.

              Put them in a bowl, soak with water, cover with a towel, keep out of the light. Rinse them 2-3 times a day. Once they are to the length you want, put them in the fridge. They kept in the fridge at least 2 weeks.

          2. Filipino mung bean stew is pretty simple to make. Boil the beans unti soft. In a separate pot, saute garlic, onions, tomatoes, a bit of ground pork and some chopped shrimp. Season with salt and pepper. Fish sauce adds a nice saltiness but you could just definitely use salt. Add the cooked beans along with the liquid that they were boiled in. The consistency should be a very thick soup.

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            1. re: ctl98

              Now this sounds like the dish my Filipino friend woudl rave about that her Mom would make, she said pork chops, but she also added tomatoes. I will give it a try!

              1. re: chef chicklet

                To make it more authentic you can use pork belly instead of ground pork. Take the rind off and cut the meat into cubes, make sure there is a little fat on each piece. Fry them up until crispy and set as aside. Put it into the stew when you mix the ingredients in.