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Bicol Express

Bicol Express

Bicol express is a spicy Filipino stew consisting of bite sized pieces of pork with chilies, coconut milk, shrimp paste, onions, tomato and garlic. The dish is named after the train in the Bicol region of the Philippines, known for its spicy food.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword chillies, pork, spicy, stew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 418kcal
Author Liza Agbanlog


  • 2 tbsp oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion ,diced
  • 1 tomato ,diced
  • 2 lbs pork belly, pork shoulder or pork roast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 can (400 mL) coconut milk
  • 6 green or red Thai chillies, minced
  • 1 tbsp sauteed shrimp paste (can substitute with fish sauce or soy sauce)


  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the tomato and the onions. Continue to saute until the onion is translucent.
  • Add the remaining 1 tbsp of oil. Add the pork and saute until the pork is lightly browned.
  • Add the coconut milk. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the Thai chilies and simmer for 5 minutes more.
  • Remove from the heat and add the shrimp paste (or soy sauce / fish sauce)
  • Serve hot over steamed rice. Enjoy!


Recipe source: "The Filipino Cookbook" by Miki Garcia.


Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 825mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 719IU | Vitamin C: 85mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 5mg