Sinilihan Recipe: The Traditional Bicolano ”Bicol Express”

Everyone thinks that Bicol Express is from Bicol. After all, it’s in the name. And everyone knows that Bicolanos don’t shy away from using local ingredients abundant to them–like coconuts and chilies. But what a lot of people don’t know is that Bicol Express wasn’t actually invented in its namesake region. The term for the… Continue reading Sinilihan Recipe: The Traditional Bicolano ”Bicol Express”

Bicol Express Recipe: The Extra Creamy Manileño Spicy Pork Stew

Bicol Express isn’t from Bicol—at least the one majority of us know. Chef Cely Kalaw coined the term “Bicol Express” to call her version of the pork stew, which was first introduced at her Malate restaurant in the 1970s. The dish takes inspiration from gising-gising; its name comes from the old Bicol Express railway that… Continue reading Bicol Express Recipe: The Extra Creamy Manileño Spicy Pork Stew