How to Cook Ginisang Monggo With Chicharron: A Filipino Stew

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Learn how to cook ginisang monggo with chicharron

Learn how to cook ginisang monggo with chicharron

A Food Stall Favorite

Ginisang monggo is a popular Filipino mung bean stew that is commonly served at local food stalls, called carinderias. In this recipe, I will share how to make this stew with the delicious addition of chicharron, or fried pork skins.

Ingredients for ginisang monggo with chicharron

Ingredients for ginisang monggo with chicharron

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

30 min

40 min

2 to 3 servings


  • 3/4 cup mung beans
  • 180 grams alugbati (Malabar spinach)
  • 70 grams chicharron (fried pork skins)
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 litre water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pork cube
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


For Preparation:

  • 2 large bowls
  • 1 medium bowl
  • 4 small bowls
  • 1 small plate
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • chopping board
  • knife

For Cooking:

  • pot
  • cooking spoon


  1. Pour the water into a pot. Bring it to the boil.
  2. Add the mung beans. Cook until tender. Set aside.
  3. In a pan, saute the onion, tomato, and garlic.
  4. Once done, pour in 1/2 cup of cooking water from the mung beans to deglaze the pan. Remove from the heat.
  5. Reheat the mung beans. Season with fish sauce, salt, and pepper. Bring it to a boil.
  6. Add the alugbati leaves and chicharron. Cook all the ingredients.
  7. Turn off the heat. Serve with steamed rice.

Video: Ginisang Monggo With Chicharron

Tips and Techniques

  • Add other condiments, as per your preference.
  • Adjust the amount of water if needed.
  • Make your own chicharron.
  • Use other meats or seafood.
  • Deglaze the pan to get all the flavors of the ingredients.
  • Choose either pure chicharron skins or chicharron skins with meat.
Ginisang monggo stew

Ginisang monggo stew

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on May 29, 2020:


In case chicharron isn't available at your place, you may use small cuts of pork or chicken. You may also use shrimp for healthier option.

Centfie from Kenya on May 05, 2020:

Nice one. This is an exotic recipe for me. Can I use something else in place of chicharron?

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on May 03, 2020:

Hi Miebakagh,

Any leafy vegetable similar to it like sweet potato tops can be used as well.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 03, 2020:

Travel chef, the method seem simple. The only problem I have is the green or alugbati leaves. Thanks for sharing.

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