Monday, January 14, 2008

Mung Bean Sprouts

Mung Beans is used to grow bean sprouts. Sprouting is the practice of soaking, draining and rinsing seed at intervals until they germinate or sprout. Mung bean sprouts are cooked as stir fries as a vegetable, salad or used in fillings for spring roll or lumpia. This is famous in Asian cuisines like noodles & spring roll. Origin of bean sprouts was in Asia. The Chinese have been growing mung bean sprouts for 3,000 years.

If you wish to eat bean sprouts eat thoroughly cooked sprouts not raw sprouts as used in salad. Buy sprouts that have been stored at refrigerated temperatures. Select crisp-looking sprouts. Avoid sprouts that look dark or smelly. At home, store fresh sprouts in ref (not in the freezer) for about 2 days.

Mung bean sprouts is rich in Vit. B, C, E, Folate, Iron and Pottasium. Good source of dietary fiber, lower risk of heart attacks, cholesterol free and good food for those to want to lose weight.

Recipes for cooking mung bean sprouts:

Recipe 1 - Shrimp & Bean Sprouts Patties

Sweet potatoes (camote) or potatoes sliced julienne style, egg whites, corn starch, bean sprouts cooked shrimp (no heads) salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl, mix shrimps. sweet potatoes, and egg white. Dissolve corn starch in cold water and then add to the bowl. Mix in the bean sprouts. Add salt and pepper to taste. Heat oil in a skillet and drop in a tablespoonful of the mixture, flatten like hamburger patties and fry like fry until golden brown.

Recipe 2. Ukoy (Shrimp Fritters)

1 tsp. baking powder 1/4 c. water, 2 eggs, beaten, 1 green onion, chopped 1/2 tsp salt, dash of black pepper, 1 c. bean sprouts, 1 cup shrimps-shelled, Cooking oil for deep frying.

Make a batter by combining flour, baking powder, water, and beaten eggs. Add onions, salt, and pepper; mix well. Fold in bean sprouts.

Heat cooking oil in a deep frying pan. Shape the batter into round patties. Lay a few piece of boiled shrimp on top and. Fry until golden brown. Drain in paper towel.

Recipe 3. Stir-Fried Bean Sprouts (Togue)

1/2 kg. bean sprouts, 1 cup small size shrimp, peeled, 1 clove of garlic, chopped, 1 medium size onion, 1 small size carrot, cut into 2” strips, 1 small size bell pepper, cut into 2” strips, 1/2 cup water mix in 2 tbsp. oyster sauce, 1 tsp. white sugar, dash of salt, pepper, and vegetable oil about 3 tbsp. for sauteeing.


In a sauce pan, sauté garlic and onion in hot oil. Add shrimp, stir for 3-5 minutes. Add dash of pepper, sugar, and salt and 1/2 cup water with 2 tbsp. oyster sauce. Add bean sprouts, carrots and bell pepper and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are just half cooked. Remove from pan immediately and serve in a platter.

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