bicol express

having traveled and tasted the different regions of the philippines for a month, i (jun) have to admit that i enjoyed the flavors of bicol the most. the dish that best represents this region is the bicol express… it is a popular favorite. named after the train that travels to this area from manila, the vibrant green and red colors make this a festive looking dish. the ingredients used are easily found at your local market. pork belly is the most commonly used protein, but you may sub it with chicken, beef, or seafood.

pork belly 1 lb
long green bean 10 strands
coconut milk 1 cup
onion 1 small
green and red chili 3-4 (more if you can handle the heat)
garlic 2 cloves
shrimp paste 1 tbsp

  • cut the pork belly in small pieces
  • cut the long beans into 2 inch long pieces
  • dice the onion and finely chop the garlic
  • in a pan on medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp of oil and sauteed the onion and garlic for a couple of min
  • add the pork belly and cook for a few min to brown evenly
  • add the shrimp paste and 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • stir fry for a few min until most of the coconut milk has evaporated
  • add the chili, green beans, and the other 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • turn heat to medium and cook with the lid on until beans are tender, about 4-5 min
cut up the pork and veggies

cut up the pork and veggies

sauteed the onions and garlic, then brown the pork

sauteed the onions and garlic, then brown the pork

add the shrimp paste and half the coconut milk

add the shrimp paste and half the coconut milk

add the chili and beans and the other half of coconut milk

add the chili and beans and the other half of coconut milk

a rich and bold flavored dish with a spicy kick

a rich and bold flavored dish with a spicy kick

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13 responses to “bicol express

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  2. That looks gorgeous and do-able in a western kitchen too!! Thanks for bringing this to Fiesta Friday. I am one of the 3 co-hosts for this wonderful party put on by Angie and look forward to reading more of your blog when I have more time!!

  3. Bicol express (the chicken version) is one of my favorite foods – so easy to make, yet so delicious!

    Thank you for bringing this to FF. Looking forward to seeing more of you! 🙂

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