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Bicol Express Recipe

Bicol Express is a traditional Filipino dish that originates from the Bicol region in the Philippines. It is a spicy and creamy stew made with pork, shrimp paste, coconut milk, and plenty of chili peppers. This dish is perfect for those who enjoy bold flavors and a bit of heat in their meals. Here is a detailed recipe for making Bicol Express at home:

Bicol Express Recipe
Bicol Express Recipe


  1. - 1 lb pork belly, sliced into bite-sized pieces

  2. - 2 tbsp shrimp paste (bagoong alamang)

  3. - 1 medium onion, chopped

  4. - 4 cloves garlic, minced

  5. - 2 cups coconut milk

  6. - 1 cup coconut cream

  7. - 3-4 Thai chili peppers, chopped (adjust to taste)

  8. - 2-3 long green chili peppers, sliced

  9. - 1 tsp fish sauce

  10. - Salt and pepper to taste

  11. - 2 tbsp cooking oil


1. In a large pot or wok, heat the cooking oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until fragrant.

2. Add the pork belly pieces and cook until they are browned on all sides.

3. Stir in the shrimp paste and cook for another minute, allowing the flavors to meld together.

4. Pour in the coconut milk and bring the mixture to a simmer. Let it cook for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pork is tender.

5. Add the coconut cream and stir to combine. Let the stew simmer for another 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to develop and the sauce to thicken.

6. Add the chopped Thai chili peppers and green chili peppers to the pot. Stir well to distribute the heat evenly throughout the dish.

7. Season with fish sauce, salt, and pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning as needed to suit your preferences.

8. Serve the Bicol Express hot over steamed rice, garnished with additional chili peppers if desired.

Bicol Express is best enjoyed with a side of steamed rice and some pickled vegetables to balance out the richness and spiciness of the dish. This flavorful and satisfying stew is sure to become a favorite in your household, perfect for impressing guests or enjoying a cozy meal at home.

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