Bicol Express

Bicol Express is a popular Filipino dish made from long chilies (Finger Chilies), coconut milk, shrimp paste, onion, pork, and garlic.It was popularized by Cely Kalaw, an owner of a restaurant in the district of Malate, Manila. It is said to have been named after the train that travels from Paco Station to Bicol. (Source: Wikipedia)

You know what they say about spicy foods *wink*….. It generates sexual passion. For one because it makes the heart beat faster. What do you think? You think it’s true?

Well, whether it’s true or not…one thing is for sure. Good Bicol Express makes me eat more rice. It makes everybody eat more rice.

 The usual Bicol Express doesn’t have carrots, I just added some to give the dish more color.


Bicol Express

  • Author: The Peach Kitchen


  • 500g pork, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 200g Finger Chillies, seeded and cut into strips
  • 1 carrots (optional)
  • 5 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp shrimp paste
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a pan. Sauté garlic and onion until onion becomes transluscent.
  2. Add in pork pieces and fry until a little brown.
  3. Pour coconut milk. Simmer for 10-20 minutes or until the pork becomes tender.
  4. Add finger chillies [and carrots] and simmer until sauce is reduced.
  5. Add coconut cream and shrimp paste.Stir.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve with steamed rice.

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Hi, Peachy here!

I'm a foodie mommy living in the Philippines. I'm a mom to two daughters named PURPLE SKYE and PERIWINKLE MOONE and wife to a loving husband I fondly call peanutbutter♥. I am a foodie by heart, a coffee lover and a froyo and yogurt junkie. Learn more →






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