Munggo Guisado (Sautéed Mung Beans)

In my version of munggo guisado, I use mung beans with pork pieces flavored with shrimp paste. I used spinach and bitter melon fruit instead of the leaves. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 5 servings
Calories 281kcal
Author Liza Agbanlog


  • 1 cup green mung beans , rinsed
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 1 small onion , chopped
  • 1 tomato , diced
  • 200 g pork tenderloin , cut into strips
  • 2 tbsp sautéed shrimp paste
  • 1 bittermelon (ampalaya) , halved, seeds removed and sliced diagonally,
  • Bunch spinach
  • 2 Serrano peppers (optional)
  • Salt to taste


  • Boil mung beans in 5 cups water for 35 minutes or until tender. Set aside.
  • In a pan, sauté garlic in hot oil until light brown. Add onion and tomato; sauté for 2 minutes or until onion is soft.
  • Add pork and sauté for 3 minutes or until meat is cooked. Add shrimp paste and stir to combine flavors. Add boiled mung beans, ampalaya and 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for another 5 minutes, or until slices of ampalaya are tender.
  • Correct seasonings. Add spinach and serrano peppers, cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 859mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 925IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 4mg