Bicol Express
45 mins (prep 15, cooking 30)
11 ingredients
8 servings
Named after the train that travels between Manila and Bicol, this popular Bicolano dish will make you reach for water faster than the bullet train. This is not for everyone, but if you're adventurous, go ahead and try it. it can be very rewarding. The ingredients though can be a bit difficult to find. Try Filipino groceries or other Asian stores.

Categories:  <-60-mins , main-dish , inexpensive , filipino , time-to-make , asian ,
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  • 1/2 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
  • 1/2 kg pork, cut into tiny pieces
  • 1/2 kg plum tomato, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk (the light version can be pretty bland)


Serving Size (96.77 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 555.36 Calories from Fat 530.28
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 58.92g 725.23%
Saturated Fat 19.32g 772.66%
Trans Fat 0.19g %
Cholesterol 57.75mg 154.0%
Sodium 1851.26mg 617.08%
Total Carbohydrate 2.11g 5.62%
Dietary Fiber 0.03 g 1.01%
Sugars 0.01 g %
Protein 3.86g 61.71%
Vitamin A 0.14IU% Vitamin C 0.47mg%
Calcium 6.47mg% Iron 0.3mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
green chili, whole onion, plum tomato, thick coconut milk