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Bicol Express

Bicol Express is the ultimate comfort food! With pork cubes cooked in coconut milk and chili peppers, it's rich, creamy, spicy and delicious! Serve with steamed rice for a hearty and big flavored meal!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 1102kcal


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 pounds pork belly, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh shrimp paste
  • 1 can (13.5 ounces) coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 14 pieces Thai chili peppers, stemmed and minced
  • 2 cups finger chilies (siling haba), sliced
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a wide pot over medium heat, heat oil. 
  • Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened.
  • Add pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.
  • Add shrimp paste and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk, water, and chili peppers. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 35 to 35 minutes or until pork is tender and liquid is reduced and begins to render fat.
  • Add finger chilies and cook, stirring regularly, for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add coconut cream and continue to simmer until thickened and begins to render fat.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.



Calories: 1102kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 110g | Saturated Fat: 53g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 411mg | Potassium: 592mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 4.2mg