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Bicol Express

Bicol Express is a popular Bicolano Filipino dish. It is a pork stewed in coconut milk and shrimp paste with lots of chili peppers. You can also use chicken instead of pork in this recipe.

  • 2 lbs. pork leg meat, cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoon sautéed bagoong (shrimp paste)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 to 10 red and green chili peppers, sliced thin
  • salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil

  1. Using a wok or a wide pan, heat cooking oil and sauté garlic and onion till caramelized.
  2. Add pork and cook till it turns golden brown.
  3. Add shrimp paste and stir well. Cook for few minutes.
  4. Add water and cook for 10 minutes or till pork is almost cooked.
  5. Add coconut milk and simmer in for 5 minutes.
  6. Season with ground pepper and more salt if needed.
  7. Add chili peppers and stir. Continue to simmer till sauce thickens and pork is fully cooked.
  8. Remove from heat and serve hot with lots of rice. Enjoy!

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