Bicol Express

Bicol Express

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Category: Main Course

Cuisine: Filipino

Yield: 6

Serving Size: 6

Bicol Express

The outcome of this Bicol Express Recipe can be described as pork cooked in coconut milk with shrimp paste and chilies. No wonder the name of this dish was derived from a Philippine region (Bicol) wherein Coconuts are abundant and the use of chilies is emphasized in most local meals.


  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 2 lbs pork belly, cut into strips
  • ½ cup Shrimp Paste
  • 1 tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 6 pieces Thai chili or Serrano pepper
  • 3 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Heat a pan and then pour-in the cooking oil.
  • Sauté the garlic, onion, and ginger
  • Add the pork and then continue cooking for 5 to 7 minutes or until the color becomes light brown
  • Put-in the shrimp paste and Thai chili or Serrano pepper. Stir.
  • Pour the coconut milk in. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 40 minutes or until the pork is tender
  • Add salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Serve Hot. Enjoy!


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