Recipe #20: GINISANG TOGUE (Bean Sprouts Stir Fry)

It’s the Lenten season, but I can barely feel the summer heat. Most of us are probably heading to the beach or making other plans on how to spend their summer vacation. Yet, there are still some people who consider observing the Holy Week in a more traditional way. My family is not Catholic, but I studied in a Catholic school from kindergarten to high school so I’m not completely ignorant on Catholic traditions.

Catholic or not, it doesn’t matter. I’m sure you’ll enjoy our recipe today. It’s called Bean Sprouts Stir Fry or in vernacular, Ginisang Togue. I like this with pork, hence the picture, but for those who will practice a no-meat diet during the season, or perhaps you’re a vegetarian, simply remove the meat from the list of ingredients. Besides, it has bean curd or tofu as a substitute. Either way, it’s equally satisfying as a main dish or a side.

Ginisang Togue / bean sprouts stir fry

Ginisang Togue (Bean Sprouts Stir Fry) Recipe

You will need:

  • 4 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2-3 blocks tokwa (bean curd or tofu)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 kilo pork, cubed (optional)
  • 1 medium-sized carrot, julienned
  • 100 grams green beans, julienned
  • 1/2 kilo togue (bean sprouts), washed
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • salt, pepper, and vetsin (MSG) to taste
  • 1 cup water

How to prepare:

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, fry bean curd in hot oil until crispy brown. Remove from heat, drain excess oil in paper towel. Cut into cubes. Set aside.
  2. Reduce oil from the skillet leaving about 1 tbsp. (If not adding pork, continue on step 3.) Fry pork until medium brown. Set along the side of the skillet creating some space in the middle.
  3. Sauté garlic, onion, and tomato. Stir in pork. Add carrots and green beans. Stir fry for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add water. Season with soy sauce, salt, pepper, and vetsin. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  5. Add bean sprouts. Simmer while stirring occasionally until the liquid is almost dry and the vegetables are cooked. Bean sprouts cook fast. This would take about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the fried bean curd. Add more salt and/or pepper if needed.
  7. Serve with rice or as a vegetable side dish.

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