Bicol Express

I am quite proud of this recipe. It’s my first time to cook it and it turned out alright. In fact, Royal Chef rated it 8 out 10 stars!! Wohoo! He said he would have given it 9 stars had it been spicier. Meh, I though bigger chilies are spicier than the small ones.

The dish Bicol Express is named after the train route from Manila to Bicol region, where it is known for its spicy cuisine.

For this recipe, I’ve used pork and chicken. The grocery had a limited selection of pork meat, so I bought pork fat instead (for the flavor) and chicken breast.

Oh, and I have to remind you, that cooking shrimp paste will stink up your house. 🙂 So ventilate!


1 can coconut milk

>500g , cut into strips

1/2 cup Shrimp Paste

6 cloves Garlic, minced

Thai chili pepper

½ cup Ginger, grated

1 large onion, cubed

3 long chili pepper

2 tsp cooking oil

Salt and Pepper


1. Sauté garlic, onions and ginger

2. Add the pork and continue cooking for 5 minutes then add the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes

3. Place the shrimp paste in and cook for 5 minutes

4. Add the chilies followed by the coconut milk

5. Mix all the ingredients and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes

6. Add salt and pepper to taste

7. Serve hot with rice. Enjoy 🙂

Is it really necessary to post photos of meat? But anyway, to the left is chicken breast and the pork fat on the right. 

Clockwise from top left: onion, ginger, chilies, garlic

L-R: Coconut milk available at Carrefour; shrimp paste available at sanyuanli market; JES shrimp paste brought in from Philippines

Pork, chicken and the stinky delicious shrimp paste

In coconut milk. Boil without lid to thicken the sauce

Eating with rice is a must, because it’s quite salty and spicy. mmm


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