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The Bicol Express

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A savory and delicious dish made with succulent pork and coconut cream that will have you expressing how much you adore the taste!

. Prep
20 min.
40 min.
Ready In
60 min.
6 servings
Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, High Fiber
Metric measurements


1/4cup vegetable oil
1tablespoon garlicVideo chopped
1/2cup onions chopped
1/4cup ginger fresh, chopped*
2tablespoons dilao fresh, (tumeric)*
1kg pork cooked and cut into 1/2 inch slices*
1 1/2tablespoon hot chili peppers (siling labuyo, chopped)
1 1/2cup bagoong alamang Filipino shrimp paste*
6cups coconut cream
2cups hot green peppers fresh (elongated variety), sliced diagonally into 1/4 inch strips*
1 1/2cup sweet red bell pepper red peppers, fresh (elongated variety), sliced diagonally into 1/4 inch strips
* not incl. in nutrient facts


Saute garlic in hot oil.

Add onions and cook until translucent.

Stir in fresh ginger, dilao, and the sliced cooked pork.

Stir continually for 5 minutes.

Add bagoong alamang and chopped hot chilli (siling labuyo).

Stir until the pork is completely covered by the mixture. (about 15 minutes.)

Pour in 6 cups of coconut cream and add the sliced hot green and red peppers.

Continue cooking for about 20 minutes. Add salt if necessary.

Note: chillis and peppers to be added according to spiciness desired.

First published: last updated: 2014-12-16

0 stars - based on 13 ratings, best: 5, worst: 0, reviews: 0


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This is great! (for those wondering, bagoong is like a shrimp paste found in Filipino/Asian food stores) - For less heat, I added chopped beans together with the chillies. I did not add fresh tumeric, I used powdered, it was just as yummy.

Quezon, Philippines about 5 years ago

Thank you so much for this wonderful dish. I will cook it one of these days. Thanks talaga. :)

Kepellas Marie
Diliman, Philippines almost 5 years ago

I love this food and i like spicy so much i will make it by my self thanks for the recipe

DUBAI over 4 years ago

panalo!! the best talaga!

Quezon City, Philippines over 4 years ago

taste good

Los Angeles, United States over 4 years ago

anu b ung kasim d q alam un eh...pork belly ba?tnxz..

Dhaka, Bangladesh over 4 years ago

if this is not here i cannot do my assign.thank you

Philippine, Philippines over 4 years ago

salamat at may recipe dito....we are cooking for it in our new year para maiba..

Al Ain almost 4 years ago

i love also cooking mahilig din talga ako sa spicy lalo na itong bicol express wow! thank so much..

Vilamor Manaligod
Riyadh almost 4 years ago

is bicol express and binagoongang baboy the same dish?

, Philippines over 3 years ago

this picture gags me. I can't stand to look at it. Is there a nicer one to post?

Sorry..but it's true.

Midland, United States over 3 years ago

You can always use google to look for nicer pics in other sites that won't offend your delicate senses so much. No one's forcing you to stay here, geesh.

What a moron.

Little Rock, United States about 2 years ago

every time i cooked this to my husband and friends, they are swearing that this is the real bicol express!

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia about 3 years ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 344g (12.1 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 66184% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 62g 95%
Saturated Fat 48g 239%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 150mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 9%
Dietary Fiber 7g 29%
Sugars g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A 15% Vitamin C 63%
Calcium 1% Iron 9%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?
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