Bicolano’s have been well known for their fiery obsession for centuries. They often use scalding-hot peppers as a main ingredient in most if not all of their vegetable dishes especially in the first district of Albay. This dish is comprised of pork cooked with a generous amount of Coconut milk 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.
Bicol Express is a very popular dish originated from Bicol, but oddly enough in Bicol, they don’t even call it Bicol Express. So the dish itself did originate from Bicol, but not the name. They say that this dish evolved from another dish called gulay na may lada. The reason they call this Bicol Express is that it makes you run for water like an express train as soon as you put it in your mouth. Whether this is how they got the name or not, what I can tell you for sure is that this stuff is very good and thanks to the Bicolano’s for coming up with it. Bicol Express nowadays has so many variations that just about everyone that has cooked this dish had modified it to their own personal preference.
6 cups coconut milk
2 lbs pork, cut into strips
¾ cup Shrimp Paste
1 tbsp Garlic, minced
6 pieces Thai chili pepper
½ cup Ginger, grated
1 large onion, cubed
2 long chili pepper
2 tsp cooking oil
Salt and Pepper
1. Sauté the garlic, onion, and ginger
2. Add the pork and continue cooking for 5 to 7 minutes
3. Place the shrimp paste in and cook for 5 minutes
4. Add the Thai and long hot pepper followed by the coconut milk
5. Mix all the ingredients well and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes
6. Add salt and pepper to taste
7. Serve Hot. Enjoy!