Fast and Spicy Bicol Express

Bicol Express is a flavorful stew that is made with coconut milk, a variety of spices, and a source of protein. While the dish is usually prepared with boiled pork, we’re taking things up a notch by using crispy lechon kawali. Dig into a flavorful experience that will spice up your day!

Crispy Bicol Express

½ kg slab pork belly, skin-on
3 cloves garlic
1 pc onion, quartered
2 pcs bay leaves
1 tbsp peppercorns
1 tbsp Maggi Magic Sarap
Oil for deep-frying

Bicol Express sauce

3 tbsp oil
1 pc onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 pcs siling haba, chopped
1 tbsp bagoong
½ tbsp Maggi Magic Sarap
2 cups coconut milk

In a pot, combine pork belly, garlic, onion, bay leaves, peppercorns, and magic sarap. Fill it with water until covered by 1 inch and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes or until tender. Set aside to dry overnight or for at least 4 hours.

In a pot with hot oil, fry your pork belly until the skin is crispy then set aside.

In a pan with hot oil, saute onions, garlic, and sili until tender and fragrant. Add bagoong and magic sarap. Pour in coconut milk and simmer for 3-5 minutes.

Serve crispy pork belly with Bicol express soup. Makes 4 servings.

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