Bicol Express Recipe

Estimated preparation time: 30 minutes

Estimated cooking time: 30 minutes

Bicol Express Ingredients:

1/4 kilo pork, thinly sliced

1 cup Baguio beans

3 cups long chili or jalapeno peppers

1 onion, minced

1 head of garlic, minced

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup coconut cream

2 tablespoons of cooking oil

Salt to taste

Bicol Express Cooking Instructions:

In a bowl of water with salt, soak chili peppers for 30 minutes then rinse and strain.

In a cooking pan, heat cooking oil and brown sliced pork for a few minutes.

In another pan, sauté minced garlic and onion.

Add to the sauté the browned pork.

Then add the coconut milk, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the chili peppers, Baguio beans and cook until dish gets a little dry.

Add the coconut cream and simmer until the sauce thickens.

Salt to taste.



Traditional Filipino Snacks

Snacks in the Filipino cuisine are actually called merienda and have a special particular time of the day when they are served. In-between lunch and dinner, around four or five a clock, the meriendas are served with different beverages and there are a lot of snacks to choose from. Among them, you could serve the buttery sweet bread rolls with cheese, stir-fried noodles, pastries with minced pork, or peas and sweet raisins. Spicy and tangy stew of pork in blood and seasoned hotdogs and chicken intestines are some of the hot and spicy snacks. A popular warm snack is the taho, a soft benacurd with dark syrup and tapioca balls. Sweet snacks such as pastries filled with bean paste, sweet hot rice cakes with salted eggs and melted cheese, are very much appreciated. Sticky rice sticks wrapped in banana or palm leaves, and sweet steamed rice flour muffins, are great as sweet snacks as well.