Bicol Express

Preparation info
  • Makes About 6 Cups (Serves

    8 to 10

    Appears in
    Memories of Philippine Kitchens

    By Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan

    Published 2006

    • About

    Romy adapted this recipe from a dish Carlos “Itos” Briones, a Manila City Information Officer, cooked for us in the beautiful Isarog Garden in Naga. The chile-laden Bicol Express was renamed after the train that started from the Tutuban Station in Manila to Legazpi, Albay (probably because of the speed at which the incendiary chiles sent one flying for water), and has since gained nationwide recognition, making it Bicol’s best-known dish. To make this spicy condiment, pork is cooked in coco