Authentic Bicolano Recipe- Pinoy’s Bicol Express
Being on a diet doesn’t mean starving yourself. Some need to cut down on carbohydrates, like those in ketogenic diet. It’s also about healthy eating, consuming the right food in moderation and getting physical exercise to become more healthy. I’d like to feature one of our classic recipe, a mouthwatering keto-friendly dish, our Bicol Express.
I grew up in a land that coconuts and chili are everywhere. I always see my parents eating with a piece of chili on their plate, minced and combined with the viand or the dip or they just eat it directly. This is a friendly dish for those who’ve been into ketogenic diet as it is definitely high in protein because of the shrimp and the meat. But, I can’t assure if you won’t resist eating rice with this. This is also why, the best pair I’ve included here are slices of crunchy green mangoes.
It’s not very much complicated cooking this dish. Authentic Bicol Express have the following ingredients: 3 cups small shrimps (balaw in Bicol), 4 cups coconut milk, 1/4 kg sliced pork meat, 1 cup sliced chili, 1 tsp sugar, 3 tablespoons garlic and chili paste, 6 cloves garlic, 1 piece red onion, 1 medium size ginger and 1 piece pork cube.
How to cook?
In a heated pan, sautee the slices of garlic, onion, and ginger. Once they get a little brown, add in the slices of pork, pour 1 cup of water and 1 piece pork cube. Simmer until there’s no more liquid and the pork turns brown. Add in the small shrimps (balaw), mix. Add in the coconut milk. Let it simmer. Stir constantly to avoid lumps until the coconut milk is reduced and becomes oily. Add in the slices of chili, chili and garlic paste and a teaspoon of sugar.
It’s sure spicy, a little salty and very creamy. Best paired with unripe, crunchy green mangoes. Pinoys would surely crave on this. Have a happy keto diet!