Bicol Express

READY IN: 45mins


  • 12
    kg elongated green chili, julienned (you can use a slightly milder substitute, try the serrano or jabanero)
  • 200
    g shrimp paste (The Thai version is not a substitute as it is very pungent and totally overpowering. Filipino shrimp)
  • 4
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 1
    whole onion, chopped
  • 12
    kg pork, cut into tiny pieces
  • 12
    kg plum tomato, chopped
  • 4
    tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1
    cup thick coconut milk (the light version can be pretty bland)


  • In a pan or a wok, sauté garlic, onion, and tomatoes in oil.
  • When onion is slightly cooked, add pork.
  • Fry the mixture for 2 minutes until pork turned a little brown, and then add 1/2 cup of water.
  • Boil until water is almost gone and pork is completely cooked. Then add shrimp paste.
  • Add chilies.
  • Pour in the coconut milk, keep stirring. Simmer until mixture is dry.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve hot with rice.