Whenever I mention that my Lola used to serve us munggo with milk and sugar, I get weird glances. Ginisang munggo (sauteed mung beans) is practically the national comfort soup. There’s something oddly soothing about the mushy beans, flavored with pork, shrimp or tinapa, then finished with ampalaya leaves for a hint of bitterness. So popular is this dish that people don’t stop to consider other preparations, least of all, a sweet one. A surprising thing, considering how popular hopiang munggo is.
Not in our house though. While other kids were enjoying cereal with milk–Jack n’ Jill, since Kellogg’s was too PX then–my Lola would boil extra portions of munggo for her ginisang munggo. After the beans were sufficiently softened for sauteing, she’d set aside some cups for us kids. She’d refrigerate it, mix it with powdered milk, sugar and a little water. Instant healthy merienda! Picky eater that I was as a kid, this was the only way she could make me eat munggo because like most kids, I hated ginisang munggo.
Funny how this childhood ploy still works with me today. There is just something so simple about munggo mixed with milk that satisfies. Not to mention it’s almost too easy to make. You can follow the procedures below, or if you’re cooking ginisang munggo, simply boil more munggo than you need. Then, set aside some of the boiled beans for this. If you’ve never heard of this before, I’m betting you’ll be thanking me for the idea later. Don’t. Thank my Lola instead.
Munggo with Milk
v. 2 November 2011
- Mung beans
- Fresh milk, chilled
- Place your mung beans in a heavy pot. Add water, around 3 to 4 times your beans. Bring to boil, then simmer until soft—around an hour or so. Check occasionally to make sure the water doesn’t dry out.
- Drain then cool until it reaches room temperature. Refrigerate.
- Spoon out a few heaping tablespoons in a deep bowl. More if you’re hungry.
- Pour in some chilled milk.
- Add a little sugar, tasting as you go along. Don’t make it too sweet.
- Grab your bowl, snuggle up on the sofa with a book or with the tv, then enjoy.