We still have a lot of leftovers from last week’s cook so I decided to just cook one dish today. That dish is Bicol Express. It’s basically spicy pork cooked in coconut milk & cream. The reason why Bicol Express is famous in the Philippines is because of its yummy spicy taste. However, we need to consume this in 1-3 days as food cooked in coconut milk easily spoil.
Bicol Express reminded me of my nanny when I was very young. She came from Bicol and was an excellent cook! Bicol Express was one of her specialties.
Cooking Bicol Express takes a little bit of time as we need to make the pork tender for it to be enjoyable to eat. I simmered the pork for about an hour before turning off the heat. It’s well-worth it though! 🍽
Yield 6 servings
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 piece onion, minced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons shrimp paste (I used Barrio Fiesta brand)
- 1 kilo pork belly, cut into small cubes
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup coconut cream
- 14 pieces thai chili peppers
- salt & pepper to taste
- In a wok, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add garlic and onions and saute until onions are translucent.
- Add shrimp paste and cook for another 3 minutes.
- Add pork and cook until color turns light brown.
- Add coconut milk and water then bring to a boil for 10 minutes.
- Add coconut cream and thai chili peppers.
- Lower heat, cover and simmer for about one hour (or until pork is tender).
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve and enjoy!