Notes: Mung beans, according to Chinese physicians,
have a 'cooling' effect on the body, so this is a very popular
dish in summer. Read about the medicinal properties of mung
beans in Chinese
System of Food Cures. The dish can also be served cold or hot.
Native to northern China, soybeans (Glycine max) were cultivated as early as B.C. 3,000. Soybeans later reached other parts of Asia, probably introduced by Buddhist missionaries. The bean's high nutritional value, after processing, and versatility have made it extremely important in Buddhist vegetarian cooking.