Thursday, February 4, 2010

Day 34: Comfort Food (part 2)

Nothing beats the homey goodness of comfort food any time of the day or night.  For those who've watched the animated film "Ratatouille", savoring one's comfort food is so much like that image of Anton Ego going back to his childhood upon tasting the ratatouille served in Gustav's.  It takes you back to the good old days of Mom's or Lola's cooking of your favorite dishes.

Monggo Guisado would probably show up at the top of my list of all-time wonder comfort foods.  There's something about this steamy and starchy vegetable dish that reaches inside the soul.  It is but a simple fare of legumes, sauteed in garlic, onions and tomatoes, enriched with squash pieces and malunggay leaves and yet, it leaves the belly full and the soul so satisfied.  

Monggo Guisado
1 cup green monggo beans, washed and boiled until tender
1 liter of water
2 pcs pork cubes
2 tbsp canola oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium onion, sliced
3 medium tomatoes, sliced,
1 red bell pepper, julienned
1.5 cups squash, cut into cubes
1/2 cup malunggay leaves
1 pc dried galunggong
water (optional) 

In a stock pot, boil the washed monggo beans in 1 liter water and 2 pork cubes until tender or "mashed" in consistency. Set aside. In the same pot, heat up some oil and saute the garlic, onions and tomatoes until wilted.  Add in the pepper and squash.  When squash is half cooked, put the monggo mash back in and add some water if desired.  Bring to a boil then add the dried fish.  Season with pepper and a little patis.  Add in the malunggay leaves then turn off fire.  Best served with hot rice and fried fish. Enjoy!!!

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