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Mung Bean Soup - Filipino Style
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Mung Bean Soup (Ginisang Munggo)

This Mung Bean Soup or Ginisang Munggo is a Filipino favorite that is really healthy and packed with vitamins and lots of nutritional benefits. Try my thick and creamy version and love it...
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: ginisang munggo, mung bean soup
Servings: 6
Calories: 931kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 2 cups mung bean (Monggo Beans) - washed and drained
  • 5-7 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ cup pork belly - sliced thinly
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce or 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 medium onion -chopped
  • 2 pieces tomato - sliced
  • 2 cups bitter gourd (ampalaya) - optional
  • 1 stalked celery -chopped
  • ½ cup smoked fish meat (tinapa) - shredded
  • 1 cup pork rind (chicharon) chopped in smaller pieces
  • 2 cups spinach - or bitter gourd leaves


  • In a pot, boil the monggo beans in 5 cups of water over medium heat. Once it boils, cover the pot  and reduce heat to low and let simmer until tender about 30 minutes.
  • Transfer the content of the pot in a deep bowl if using a stab mixer or in a blender, pulse to make a puree.
  • On the same pot, heat oil and cook the pork belly until browned and fat is rendered. 
  • Add garlic, onion, and tomatoes and saute until tender. Add fish sauce and cook for another minute. If using salt, it may be added on the last step instead.
  • Add the pureed Monggo beans to the pot. Add 1-2 cups of water if it is too thick. When it starts to simmer, add the bitter gourd, celery and smoked fish. Let it simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Lastly, add the pork rind (chicharon) and spinach. Season with salt if needed. Turn off heat.
  • Transfer to your soup bowl and serve while hot with rice.



Calories: 931kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 870mg | Potassium: 1329mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1175IU | Vitamin C: 34.2mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 5.9mg