Bicol Express Recipe

Bicol Express is cooked with minced pork meat with coconut milk and chilies, which came from the Philippine region of Bicol where coconuts are abundant and spiciness is emphasized in their dishes. This dish was named after the train path (“express way”) from Bicol to Malate, Manila – the place where the dish was popularized.

But you don’t have to take the special express way just to taste or re-experience the delicious spiciness of the real authentic Bicol Express, because we present the perfect recipe for you. This recipe does not call for anything fancy in ingredients or cooking methods, just the good old home style cooking. Try this recipe now!


  • 1/4 kilo pork, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Baguio beans
  • 3 pcs long chili or jalapeno peppers (or more)
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 head of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • Salt to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a bowl of water with salt, soak chili peppers for 30 minutes then rinse and strain.
  2. In a cooking pan, heat cooking oil and brown sliced pork for a few minutes.
  3. In another pan, sauté minced garlic and onion.
  4. Add to the sauté the browned pork.
  5. Then add the coconut milk, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the chili peppers, Baguio beans and cook until dish gets a little dry.
  7. Add the coconut cream and simmer until the sauce thickens.
  8. Salt to taste.


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