Quick and Effortless Bicol Express Recipe
Bicol Express is the ultimate comfort food for many Filipinos. This one-pot dish marries just enough sweetness from the coconut with mild fiery notes of the chilies. If you’re partial to one flavor profile over another, go ahead and customize the recipe to your liking. It’s so simple that even beginner cooks can tinker with its components.
Not sure if some of your guests are spice averse? Make sure to remove all the chili seeds before cooking. You can also tone down the heat by presoaking the chopped sili in water. Just drain them well before they hit the pan. Are you ready to give this well-loved ulam a go? Here’s how to cook Bicol Express at home!
Reduce the heat after adding the coconut milk to keep it from curdling.
- 1 tbsp cooking oil, as needed
- 1 pc onion, chopped
- 8 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tbsp unsweetened shrimp paste (bagoong)
- 1 (40-g) pack Knorr Ginataang Gulay mix, dissolved in 1½ cups water
- 6 pcs green finger chillies, sliced
Customarily, Bicol Express recipes call for pork. However, you can tweak the dish and use chicken instead. Go for boneless breast fillets to cut the cooking time in half. The protein swap might mean added benefits for your health (and even your wallet!). But if you’re feeling indulgent and prefer to stick with pork, try leveling up with a crispy Bicol Express recipe. Whichever version you try this, don’t forget to pair your ulam with lots of freshly steamed white rice. Enjoy!
- Egg Free
- Nut Free