Bicol Express was invented and popularize by Cely Kalaw, she is from Laguna and owns a restaurant in Malate, Manila. The name came from a train that travels from Paco Station to Bicol. The dish was derived from “Gulay na Lada”, a popular dish which uses a lot of chili. Historian says that Gulay na Lada was influenced by Indonesian traders. Later on, Cely Kalaw made a twist in the presence of Pork Belly Strips.
Looking for something real spicy but creamy at the same time? Looking no further. This is the best spicy dish, in my opinion, that will make you sweat but want for more. This is also good for showing off to your pals who want them hot and spicy.
Try our Bicol Express Recipe and let us know what you think. Enjoy!
Bicol Express Recipe
- ½ kg pork sliced very thinly
- 3 cups long chili pepper julienne
- 1 small head of garlic minced
- 1 small onion minced
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup coconut cream
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- Soak chili peppers in salted water for 30 minutes, rinse, then strain well.
- In a pan, brown pork for a few minutes, put it on the side then saute garlic, onion, and then mix pork once more.
- Pour in coconut milk, bring to a boil and then lower the fire and let simmer for 10minutes.
- Add in chili pepper and cook until dish gets a little dry. Pour in coconut milk and cook until sauce thickens.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.