Bicol Express: The Spicy Filipino Food

To all the spicy food lovers:


Have you ever tried pork cooked in coconut milk with shrimp paste and chilies? It must be your first time to hear that if you’re not Filipino. That dish is famously called Bicol Express, and is called as such because it originated in the Philippine region, Bicol, wherein Coconuts are abundant and the use of chilies is emphasized in most local meals.

Here is a simple recipe, adapted from that you can try at your own home so you can get a taste of the famous Bicol Express of the Philippines.

Bicol Express Recipe

  • Preparation time: 5 mins
  • Cook time: 55 mins
  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Author: VanjoMerano
  • Cuisine: Filipino Recipe
  • Serves: 6


  1. 3 cups coconut milk
  2. 2 lbs pork belly, cut into strips
  3. ½ cup Shrimp Paste
  4. 1 tbsp Garlic, minced
  5. 6 pieces Thai chili or Serrano pepper
  6. 3 tablespoons minced ginger
  7. 1 medium onion, minced
  8. 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  9. Salt and Pepper to taste


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

(Bicol Express: The Filipino Spicy Food)



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