Homey Comforts: Adobo & Munggo Bento

Bringing homey comforts to work is always nice, especially when said homey comfort is good old-fashioned Filipino food. Make it doubly nice when it’s all leftovers that just needed reheating, instead of cooking from scratch.

Adobo & Munggo Bento

Bento #140 • 4 July 2007

• Ginisang Munggo (Sauteed Mung beans). A traditional Filipino soup / dish made from mung beans, the munggo which has been boiled until soft is added to a classic Filipino sauté of garlic, onions, tomatoes, diced pork and shrimp. Ampalaya (Bitter Melon) leaves are added to finish the dish off. While I’d love to share a recipe, I have to admit, it’s only recently that I learned to enjoy this dish, so no recipes—yet.

A funny bit of trivia with Munggo is its connection to Fridays. For some reason, a lot of Filipino households cook Munggo each Friday, probably stemming from Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat on Fridays. Of course, this is pure conjecture on my part—plus the fact that a lot of people add pork to their sautés. Still, it’s a staple of Friday meals, served alongside Pritong Galunggong (Fried Mackerel Scad), Tinapang Bangus (Smoked Milkfish) or Adobo.

• Crispy Adobo Flakes. Who hasn’t heard of Adobo? I bet it’s the most popular Filipino dish. Still, I like taking it a step further with Crispy Adobo Flakes, also known as Binudbod. To do this, I take day-old adobo, then flake the flesh. It works with both pork and chicken, so take your pick. After that, I simply fry until crisp. Crispy Adobo love, anytime.

• Adobo Fried Rice. Day-old rice, lightly stir-fried in oil and sprinkled with Adobo Fried Rice Mix. The traditional way to make Adobo Fried Rice is to drizzle the rice with adobo sauce while stir-frying. But because our adobo had little leftover sauce, I had to use a mix.

• Cherry Tomatoes.

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4 Responses to Homey Comforts: Adobo & Munggo Bento

  1. Naomi says:

    wow!! only you can make mongo look goood!

    • kaoko says:

      I don’t take credit for the mungo. That was my mom. Heck, I can’t even take credit for the bento set because that’s by thermos. Where does that leave me? Dakilang tagakain? 😛 (Noble eater?)

  2. Steph says:

    I’ve been reading through all the “back issues” of your blog and have seen you use this box several times. What is it? and where might I find one?

    Thank you!

  3. kaoko says:

    Hi Steph!
    This is a set by Thermos. Not sure if it’s called anything special, but I can check when I get home. I got it locally, from a brick and mortar store here, so I’m not sure if it will be of much help–unless you’re Manila-based too?

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