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Cold winds and heavy rains are the norm at this season of the year. These times usually call for some nice warm home-cooked eats to balance out those chilly nights. A classic warm-you-up Filipino dish is monggo, with its hot thick broth that can soothe even the coldest of hearts. The usual recipe for monggo is fine but if you’re looking for something with just a bit more flavor, or if you’re just looking to try something new with the beans, these levelled up monggo dishes just might hit the right spot.

Sautéed Chorizo in Monggo

Add a deep savoriness to your classic monggo with juicy Macao chorizo sausage and plump shrimps. The thick flavorful broth from the monggo beans goes well with the meaty chew of the chorizo and shrimp. Plus, the sausage and seafood add their own flavor to the broth, elevated by the packed meaty flavor of Knorr Pork Cubes, making a multi-layered flavor profile that you can just cuddle up to on a rainy night.

Ingredients:

250g|Monggo beans, boiled in 5-6 cups water, until soft
1/2 cup|Pork liempo, diced
1/2 cup|Fresh shrimp, shelled and deveined
6 cloves|Garlic, crushed
1 whole|Medium-sized onion, chopped
1 tbsp|Ginger, julienned
1/4 cup|Tomato, diced
1|Chorizong Macao
2 bunches|Alugbati leaves
1 pc|Knorr Pork Cube
|Patis, to taste

Procedure:

  • Fry diced pork in a little oil until brown and some of the fat has melted. Take out of pan and set aside.
  • Sauté garlic in the pan until slightly brown. Put fried pork back in the pan. Add shrimp and sausage pieces and sauté together.
  • Add ginger, onions and tomatoes. Add some patis (about 2 T). Sauté together.
  • Add boiled monggo and its broth. You may add some water if desired. Cover and let mixture boil. Add alugbati leaves and Knorr Pork Cube. Boil for 2-3 minutes and turn off heat. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Monggo Rice with Malunggay and Smoked Fish

There’s nothing like a bowl of fried rice to warm you up on a chilly day. Adding some monggo creates a new texture that makes for an elevated home-cooked experience, and putting in smoked fish (tinapa) imbues this earthy taste that truly creates a one of a kind meal. Plus, the unique blend of flavor from the Knorr Pork Cube negates the need for extra spices and seasonings. With easy to find ingredients and quick steps, this gourmet-at-home recipe is a definite must-try.

Ingredients:

2 tsps|Canola oil
1 tbsp|Onion, chopped
1/2 tsp|Ginger, minced
1 tsp|Garlic, minced
1/4 cup|Fresh tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 pc|Knorr Pork Cube, crumbled
1/4 cup|Cooked green beans (sitaw), chopped
80 mL|Cooked monggo
80 mL|Cooked brown rice
1/4 cup|Tinapa flakes
1/4 cup|Malunggay leaves
|Salt and pepper, to taste

Procedure:

  • In a non-stick pan, sautê the onion, ginger, and garlic in canola oil until fragrant. Add the tomatoes and cook until soft. Add the Knorr Pork Cube and mix well.
  • Add the monggo, sitaw and brown rice. cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tinapa flakes and malunggay leaves. Cook until malunggay leaves turn bright green. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Monggo Pork ala Con Carne

Brighten up a gloomy day with chips and a bowl of this special monggo dip, perfect for getting the family around the table. This dish has the perfect amount of meaty goodness, elevated by Knorr Pork Cubes, and a kick of spice from the added cayenne pepper and chili flakes–an ode to the classic chili con carne. This midday meal will surely leave everyone craving for more!

2 tsps|Canola oil
1/2 pc|White onion, chopped
4 cloves|Garlic, chopped
1/4 kg|Ground pork
3 pcs|Fresh tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 1/2 pcs|Knorr Pork Cubes
1 1/2 cups|Monggo, half cooked
3 tbsp|Tomato paste
1/4 tsp|Paprika
1/4 tsp|Chili powder
1/4 tsp|Cayenne powder
1/4 tsp|Chili flakes
2 cups|Water
3 tbsp|Cheddar cheese
|Salt and pepper, to taste

Procedure:

  • Heat the pan over medium heat. Pour oil and add the onions, garlic and ground pork. Sauté for a few minutes. Add the tomatoes, Knorr Pork Cubes, monggo, and tomato paste. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Season with paprika, chili powder, cayenne powder, chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Add 2 cups of water and simmer until the meat and vegetables are cooked.
  • Top with cheddar cheese before serving.

These unique monggo dishes are the perfect comfort food this rainy season and are sure-fire hits for the entire family! Don’t be afraid to experiment with classic dishes and add your personal twist to them, just like the full-flavored meaty twist Knorr Pork Cubes adds to any dish. For more recipe ideas, visit Knorr’s recipe website and get cooking!

Sautéed Chorizo in Monggo and Monggo Rice with Malunggay and Smoked Fish recipes by Atty. Gaby Concepcion; Monggo Pork ala Con Carne recipe by Knorr Philippines

Sautéed Chorizo in Monggo and Monggo Rice with Malunggay and Smoked Fish photos by John Ocampo and Mike Cuevas

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