Friday, July 24, 2009

More Munggo

Decisions, decisions. Some of them are easy to make, some of them will keep me up at nights, splitting hairs and weighing a mountainous list of pros and cons. Some I actually enjoy deliberating on, some I enjoyed in the beginning but am now losing steam. Some make my forehead pound. Decisions – not a personal strength but something, as an adult I have to make every day. And these days there seems to be more of that than ever!

I’m a Libra you see, and decision-making is not something that comes easily to me. I’m not a huge believer in things zodiac but I can say this, what they claim about Librans being indecisive, and being able to see all sides of a story or question (some sides even purely hypothetical and not very likely), is 100% on the ball when it comes to me. I need to dissect every single possibility and permutation before making a decision...a long and sometimes painful process. This goes for everything from life-changing choices to what I want from a menu!

Thank goodness there are some decisions that I actually enjoy pouring over. Not that I totally abhor decision-making, I understand it comes with that thing called “being a grown up”, but it’s nice to know that there are some that give me less wrinkled-forehead moments than others.

Like what kind of beans to buy.

These may seem like regular munggo beans (mung beans) to most but they’re not. They are actually lighter in color and slightly longer than the common munggo. The reason I know this is because when I saw them at the market they sat side by side with a bag of the usual green, roundish munggo, so the difference was apparent. Plus I eat my weight in munggo every month, so I should have learned something about these beans by now. I found them at the stall of my favourite organic veggie & herb grower at our neighbourhood Saturday market (Gil Carandang at the Salcedo Market – such a treasure trove!). He was busy with another customer so I discussed the merits of the beans with his son. He knew they were a different type but wasn’t quite sure of the name – he did mention that he liked them better and they had been having it for dinner. After a few back and forths I decided to buy a small bag full and went away quite pleased with my purchase.

These are the kinds of simple choices that help me de-stress from the bigger more “grown-up” choices we all have to deal with. It may sound trifling but let me tell you, therapy does not get any cheaper than a 250-gram bag of beans.

No recipe for today – I used up various leftover bits for this batch of munggo. I prepared it the same way as I always do, using garlic, onions, tomato, and a combination of smoked and dried-salted fish as the flavorings. Filipino dried-salted fish (daing) is wickedly potent and does wonders in flavouring munggo – you can use dried shrimp (hibe) as well. I added malunggay (moringa) leaves at the last moment.

Happy weekend everyone! I hope you have something nice and relaxing planned :) Me, I will be heading to the market to unwind over some produce related shopping :)

UPDATE 7/26: Thanks to a nice commenter, Bea, I now know what the beans are! They are called tapilan or rice bean and although a relation to munggo, they are not the same. To Manila residents: Bea also sells a wonderful selection of natural, eco-friendly products (lovely soaps and more!) at the Sunday Legazpi can also check out her stuff here.


Zoe said...

Market shopping is so relaxing for me too. These are lovely, I will pick some up soon!

Manggy said...

Happy weekend! I like market shopping but I'm on tipid mode right now, heh heh :) (Not to say mung beans are expensive!)

Last week we had an impromptu purchase of bean sprouts and shrimp for pad thai-- just to finish a bag of ho fan. I'm missing those flavors now!

TINTIN said...

Hey, thanks for drop by my blog..I was here to say HELLO!! :)

maybelles mom said...

always lovely. I bet these beans would be good sprouted.

ABowlOfMush said...

I must try these, I love mung beans!

sha said...

hi joey i have not eaten munggo for so long, the asian store in antibes does not carry mung beans.

anyway hello from me we are anchor here in Stromboli, tomorrow to amalfi where I had one of the best flourless cake ever. I will have a bite for you

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Great beans!

Have a wonderful weekend!



Anh said...

I gotta learn to appreciate these beans a lot more... Sometime the simple thing can be overlooked in life, huh?

Katrina said...

Ay, we Libras and our indecisiveness! I frustrate myself sometimes! Imagine me -- I was born right on the cusp, so I couldn't even decide on which sign to be! ;-)

So how did these mung beans taste? Are they sweeter? Are these the same as the yellow mung beans used in Chinese pastries like hopia?

ChichaJo said...

Hi Zoe! Hope you enjoy them :)

Hi Manggy! Ah, pad thai! Yum! Followed by one of your fabulous desserts? :)

Hi Tintin! Hey there! :)

Hi Maybelle’s mom! They are good sprouted! My hubby likes them that way too :)

Hi ABowlofMush! Hope you like it!

Hi Sha! Yes please do!!! Love rich decadent flourless cake! :)

Thanks Rosa! You too!

Hi Anh! True! But we miss them when they are not around so yes we should definitely take the time to appreciate the little things :)

Hi Katrina! Tell me about it! A complaint of all my friends...especially when they are waiting for me to decide what to have for dinner! I don’t know if these are the same ones as the hopia ones...the taste wasn’t that different. I felt they just held their shape more than their roundish brothers :)

Funkynomadeats said...

Interesting bean! I love it how I'm also discovering new beans and grains each time when we move to a different country. :)

Bea said...

Joey, this is actually called tapilan, or rice bean. It's a relative of munggo but not the same. Lots of markets in Batangas sell these for php10 a bag..

I got some growing in the garden and ate them a few days ago!

Congrats again

Junglefrog said...

I love market shopping! Which in fact is what we did today for most part of the day... :) I have to confess I have never had mung beans. Don't know why to be honest, but maybe something I should try!

Adam Wright said...

I love market shopping and I think I will definitely pick some up.

Andrew said...

Great photo!!!

Daniela Restrepo said...

Beans rock!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Funkynomad! One of the best things about travel...discovering new things to eat! :)

Hi Bea! Thanks for the bean info! I will be adding it to the original post :) Ah...another bounty from the mahiwagang garden I do you prepare it? I made it as I would regular munggo...are there other ways to prep it?

Hi Junglefrog! I went today too! :) Hope you do get to try mung beans one of these days :)

Hi Adam! Hope you can find some!

Thanks Andrew!

Hi Daniela! They sure do :)

Midge said...

These look nice. I was thinking of cooking them with bacon and onions for a slightly Occidental-ized monggo guisado.

Dhanggit said...

I miss market shopping with my late dad, he's the one that roam around for an hour before buying LOL I love munggo whether sprouted or not! yay!!

Erin said...

Hmm, I wonder if I'd be able to find them here. Hope you had a nice and relaxing weekend!

Marvin said...

I'm not sure if I've ever seen fresh mung beans here before, just the dried variety. And is munggo the same as balatong? My fam calls them balatong, so maybe it's ilocano, or maybe it's completely different.

veron said...

Very interesting type of bean, never heard of tapilan before but I'm sure I'll like it as I like munggo!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Midge! That sounds delicious...I love thinking up of new ways to prepare munggo :)

Hi Dhanggit! I’m sure your market experiences with your dad were wonderful and filled with lots of wisdom...hugs!

Hi Erin! I did! :) Hope you can find them!

Hi Marvin! These are dried as well...why don’t you try sprouting them? We did it in grade school (on wet tissue paper) with dried beans and it worked well :) I’m not sure if it’s the same as balatong...although some quick searches on the net seems to point in this direction. Well, I’m sure it tastes just as good by any other name :)

Hi Veron! It’s very similar so I’m sure you would like it too!

annette said...


i'm sorry,this is off-topic once again. our friendly organic veggie farmer hasn't been delivering veggies because of bad weather. i'm looking to make hainanese chicken this weekend and need another source for organic chicken. other than salcedo market, can you suggest other sources?

thank you sooooo much and cheers.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Annette! The other organic chicken I know of is Pamora which, aside from in Salcedo market, is also sold in Legazpi market and Terry's Selection...hope this helps!

annette said...

thanks for the reply. :) will check out terry's. planning to poach chicken and experts say only organic chicken will do.

thanks again and happy weekend. :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Annette! You're very welcome and hope it helped!