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Bicol Express Recipe

| On 05, Jan 2013

Bicol Express

Filipinos love spicy and creamy food. According to a history book I read somewhere, our much acclaimed spicy dish originated from Malate, Manila.

Food books noted that the dish was created by a woman named Cely Kalaw, a native of Laguna and got exposed with Bicolandia cuisines when she was three years old. She invented the dish when she moved in Manila. She named the dish after a train that travels from Paco Station to Bicol. Bicolanos’ then claimed the dish. There were Historians who agreed with the locals who said there were evidences that Indonesian traders bartered their spices with locals way back thousands of years ago, and therefore influenced this dish. Indeed, it’s quite similar with the dishes from Indonesia.

Nonetheless, no matter where it originated, Bicol express is something to die for.

Here are the ingredients to cook this awesome dish:

  • 1 kilo pork, thinly chopped
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • spring onion, chopped
  • 4 pieces green chillies, chopped
  • ground pepper
  • fish sauce to taste


  1. Saute garlic and onions.
  2. Add the pork and let it simmer.
  3. Add water and let it boil.
  4. Add coconut milk and let it boil for 15 minutes.
  5. Add fish sauce and ground pepper and let it simmer for a while.
  6. Add the spring onion and stir.
  7. Remove from fire and add the chillies and stir.
  8. Serve and enjoy.

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I am Ringo and allow me to say not an ordinary man. I’ve been working home base since 2009 and as of now, has no plans of returning to corporate. Web designer. Frustrated chef. Foodie. Good son (ehem!). Good father (to two labrador retrievers). And, a servant of God.


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