Bicol Express Recipe

Bicol Express Recipe

Not only a favorite among Bicolanos but among Pinoys across the archipelago, Bicol Express is the perfect way to spice up the day. The rich coconut milk with pork is a unique Filipino blend that adds a chilli taste to a famished stomach. A great plus is it’s not even hard to prepare. All you need are your pork belly, chilli, coconut milk and all other cooking essentials and you are half set. Moreover, the cooking half part simply involves simmering. Getting the ingredients in the pan together, tossing a few times, and a delicious dish of Bicol Express will shortly be on the way.


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Bicol Express Recipe
  • 1 kg pork belly, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup finger chilies (siling haba), sliced
  • 1 cup string beans, cut into 2-inch pcs
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 pc onion, sliced
  • 4 pcs red chili peppers, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger, sliced
  • 2 tbsp shrimp paste (alamang)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1½ cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut cream (kakang gata)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  1. In a preheated pan, heat cooking oil.
  2. Add garlic, ginger, and onion. Sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add pork. Cook while stirring occasionally until light brown.
  4. Add shrimp paste. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the coconut milk, water, and red chili peppers. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until pork is tender.
  6. Add the coconut cream and simmer until the liquid thickens.
  7. Add string beans and finger chilies. Cook while stirring regularly for about 2 minutes.
  8. Season with salt and pepper. Stir well.
  9. Remove from heat. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  10. Serve while hot with steamed rice. Enjoy your Bicol Express!

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  1. Erli manalo January 9, 2015