Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Bicol Express (Pork in Coconut Milk, Shrimp Paste and Green Chillies)

Last Saturday, I prepared Bicol Express for lunch. It's a Filipino dish which originated from the Bicol region. It consists of pork stewed in coconut milk, Filipino green chillies (siling mahaba/pansigang) and shrimp paste (bagoong). This is one of the spiciest dishes here in the Philippines.


This recipe was a specialty of my dad when he was still alive. I remember him lovingly preparing all the ingredients with the coconut milk made from scratch (shredded coconut meat squeezed with water using a cheese cloth or a strainer).


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 Kilo Pork Belly (cut into bite-size squares)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 4 cloves of garlic(minced)
  • 1 can of coconut milk (gata) or you can opt to make it from scratch
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons of shrimp paste (bagoong) 
  • 1 medium-sized tomato (chopped)
  • 6 pcs green chilli (siling mahaba /pansigang)
  • Pepper
  • Cooking Oil
Directions:
  1. Soak the green chillies in water with salt for 30 minutes 
  2. In a medium-heated pan saute garlic, onion and tomato
  3. Add the pork, stir-fry for 3-5 minutes
  4. Add the coconut milk, shrimp paste (bagoong)
  5. Simmer for 20 minutes 
  6. Add the green chillies (diagonally sliced after soaked in the water/salt solution) and simmer for 8-10 minutes more
  7. Add pepper to taste
Making this dish brings so many good memories of the times I have spent with my dad. I'm glad to 
have shared part of the legacy he has left behind today.

By the way, this is my 100th post. Thank you for being with me on this journey! =)

{Image 1 - Maangchi , 2 - Shape}

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