After coming across mung beans in my local market one day, I was curious as to just what to do with them. After much searching I found this recipe on the internet which I've altered to suit our tastes. The result is a spicy and satisfying soup-a meal in a bowl. I found in my research these Asian beans don't need pre-soaking and are very nourishing, while being relatively easy to digest--they do not generally create abdominal gas or bloating (sorry, but for some people, that is important). According to modern nutrition, mung beans offer 14 gms of protein per cooked cup. Mung beans are also a good source of dietary fiber. They also contain thiamin, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and copper, and are a good source of folate. The ham in this recipe can be omitted and vegetable stock substituted for chicken stock if you are vegetarian. I serve with crusty bread on the side, but you may also serve over rice if desired.