Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Be enticed by Spicy Bicol Express

Bicol Express is a popular Filipino food of Bicol origin that have spread worldwide. Its two main distinctive tastes are spiciness and saltiness.

However, Bicol Express may vary depending upon the personal level of tolerance. Sugar may be added as a contrast to salt and spicy flavors, or perhaps, shrimp paste can be washed to reduce amount of salty taste.

The food can also be used as a condiment to other dishes that would make a truly wonderful ride, especially with hot steamed rice on your plates. Its like having a real express touring in your mouth. Serve it hot!

Bicol Express

2pcs medium red onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1pc small ginger, peeled and julienne
250g pork (shoulder or belly), cubed
3 cups fresh coconut milk
1/2 cup fresh shrimp paste (bagoong alamang), washed once and drained
7pcs long chillies (red or green), sliced
100g pineapple chunks
Salt, to taste


Saute garlic, onion, and ginger in a pan. Set aside. Saute pork until meat is about to turn light brown. Add in the sauteed mixture. Pour in 2 cups of coconut milk. Add in washed shrimp paste. Boil for 3 mins, simmer and reduce the milk. Add another cup of coconut milk, chillies, and pineapple chunks. Simmer, reduce, and cook in low fire until the right consistency is reached. Add pineapple chunks. Cook for 2 mins. Serve.


  1. my favorite food... that i dont know how to cook! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog and I just got back here in Manila so ... for the late reply. ☺

    Anyway, based from your comment, I assume you are a fellow bicolano?

    Keep in touch. Btw, nice posts! You seem to know your way around in the kitchen.

  3. yes, i would add you to link list. :)


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