A perfect word to describe this good food dish - HOT!

One of Bicol's, a southern Luzon province in the Philippines, good food signature dish. One of the authentic Filipino recipes; Bicol Express is one of best amongst the chili recipes I like. With succulent pork boiled in gata (coconut milk) with a lot of chili pepper; this good food dish is sure to make your palate burn and make your body sweat but wouldn't be able to resist its taste and be asking for more.

My personal preference for this good food dish is a lot spicier (having the liking for spicy foods) but you can cook it according to your good taste (palate preference)

Serves 2-3  Prep time 30 minutes  Cooking Time 30 minutes


1/4 kilo pork (thinly slice, thinner than a menudo cut)
1 cup Baguio beans (fava/French beans); may use string beans as alternative
3 cups finger chili; 2 cups finger chili/1 cup red chili pepper for spicier dish
1/4 cup bagoong alamang (shrimp paste); rinsed and drained to lessen salty taste
1 onion, minced
1 head of garlic, minced
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup coconut cream (optional; 1/2 cup of  coconut milk as replacement)
2 tbsps of cooking oil
Salt and pepper to taste

How To Cook:

Put finger chili in a bowl of water and salt. Soak for 30 minutes then rinse and drain.

In a cooking pan, heat cooking oil and saute sliced pork for a few minutes till brown. Separate.

Saute minced garlic and onion for few minutes then add brown pork. Add bagoong alamang and saute for few minutes.

Add coconut milk, bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add Baguio beans and cook until the dish gets a little dry. Add the coconut cream and simmer until the sauce thickens a little.

Add finger chili and simmer until sauce thickens a bit more.

Salt to taste.

We usually cook this dish without adding Baguio beans. Hence, making it a real bomber in the tongue. Enjoy Eating!


  1. the combination of the coconut and the chilis sounds amazingly delicious. I know a few fire eaters here that would love this stuff-bookmarked!

  2. Great pork dish! Lots of spice and good flavors!

  3. Thanks for dropping by Erin. Please check your email. (",)

  4. Thanks Tina! Try cooking a less spicier one, at least you could try tasting this dish.

  5. i normally cook bicol express without beans as well. for spices, i would use jalapeno and red and green chilli peppers. dang ! ;)


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