Bicol Express with Bagnet Recipe

Bicol Express with Bagnet Recipe


  • 400g pork belly
  • 1 liter water
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp whole black peppercorns
  • 2 whole red onions, wedges
  • 5 cloves garlic, pounded
  • 80 g. of pork fat, cut into half inch cubes
  • 12 to 15 finger chilies, sliced
  • 2-3 pcs labuyo, sliced (optional)
  • 1 large red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup bagoong alamang
  • 3 to 4 tbsps. of cooking oil
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups coconut cream
  • ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. For the bagnet, boil pork until tender in water, salt, peppercorns, onions and garlic.
  2. When done, punture the skin with a fork and patdry before frying. Set aside.
    In another pan, heat the oil and add the pork fat and cook over high heat.
  3. Add the ginger, garlic, chilies and onions. Cook, stirring, until fragrant,about a minute.
  4. Add in bagoong and stir for a minute. Pour in the coconut cream and simmer.
  5. Place the crispy bagnet on top of the bicol express sauce.

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