Bicol Express

Ok. Disclaimer first! This is NOT the authentic way of cooking this dish but this recipe is a combination of all the ‘how to cook Bicol Express’ I have seen online. So I came up with my own version that worked with me well without omitting any of its essential ingredients or atleast from what I know are essential.

For those of you who are not familiar with this dish, this can get very spicy so if you are not into spicy foods this one is not for you!

Prep and Cook time: about 30 minutes.

Servings: 4 – 5

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Pork Lomo or Pork Liempo
  • 2 – 3 (depending on size and desire spicy taste) Serrano Pepper
  • 1/2 Onion
  • a half a thumb Ginger
  • 2- 3 tbsp (depending on desire salty taste) Shrimp Paste (Alamang)
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • Oil (if using Pork Lomo)
  • Salt and Ground pepper 

Procedure:

  • Cut pork into cubes.
  • Cut onion, pepper and ginger into cubes like in the picture.

  • Put fire in medium heat and in your pan,

– if using pork liempo (or any with fats in) DO NOT put oil as the pork will release oil from the fats.

if using pork lomo (or any pork without fats) DO  put oil to help in sautéing.

  • Just leave pork in pan while it cooks, stir occasionally to prevent from burning.
  • After about 7 – 10 minutes, add the onion and ginger without removing the pork in the pan. Stir occasionally.
  • After 10 minutes, add the serrano peppers. Then add the shrimp paste. Stir occasionally.

TIP: the longer you saute (sangkutsya) the better. Trust me 🙂

  • Stir in the coconut milk.
  • Turn knob into low fire and let the food boil/simmer while waiting for the pork to be tender.

– if using Pork Liempo: this needs time, check the pork if tender while food is in simmer.

– if using Pork Lomo: this is already tender so, when the food is boiling already, proceed to next step.

  • Taste the food first so you’ll know how much salt and pepper you’ll be needing to add.

TIP: Salt and Pepper must be done only before turning off the stove.

And there you have it. Bicol Express finish product!

Enjoy eating! Better with newly cooked rice 🙂

That’s it for now.

Ash

If ako si Ate Best Friend sa Jollibee commercial

OKAY. So Jollibee released a new commercial recently and it is a prerequel of the one they released early this year. Everyone was in awe with the first one, yung “vow” but on this one, hati eh.

First of all, kudos to the people behind this campaign. I’m pretty sure you all worked hard for this. Good job for thinking outside the box. Magaling yung concept. Relatable!

Back to the commercial.  MASAKIT SYA BES! If I will put myself in her exact shoes and bring this whirlwind romance to life. Heto ang aking saloobin. 

If napansin mo, that very first time na nagkatinginan tayo, Napayuko ako. It’s because sa utak ko, “oo cute ka, pero hindi mo dapat nakita na nakatingin ako sayo. Dyahe!” but then you came up to me and asked if the seat was taken. I wanted to be alone sana so I could eat and study at the same time but then here you are all cute and charming. So kahit sabi ng parents ko “Don’t talk to strangers” eh I shared my table with you. Nauto mo ako sa smile at french-fries dipped in gravy! Napa-smile tuloy ako.

Then you saw her. Oo! Nakita ko yun! She was looking at the menu – You were looking at her – I was looking at you… Sino nakatingin sakin? I should have known by then that this love-struck feeling I have is not going anywhere. But then again nauto mo na naman ako sa french fries! So kahit I feel broken inside, napa-smile mo pa rin ako. Ang saya mo kasi eh after seeing her.

I was very supportive of you na kahit na para sa kanya na yung ginagawa mo eh ok lang. Kahit sabay tayo nagmumukhang engeng, I still cheer for you,kahit deep inside ang sakit sakit na. Yung totoo, nahawa ka ba sa pagiging dense nya sayo?

Then here comes her wedding. You were standing by the aisle, staring at her, speechless, amazed and hurt at the same time habang siya staring at the altar, walking, trying not to bawl due to happiness. And me? Staring at you, crying, and convincing myself that you and I will never going to happen. But then you saw me. I looked down. I walked away. I left.

Then now, here you are, eating french-fries while reminiscing our good times together. Nakakatawa ka. Just because you realized that I have feelings for you, eh bigla mo na lang din maiisip na gusto mo din ako? Of all the people you should be the one to know that what I felt for you is something really painful. Something that needs time. If you were really my friend… best friend, hindi mo ako bigla susungaban ng ganoong hirit. Sabay hahawak ka pa sa kamay ko pagkatapos mo hawakan yung french-fries. “Nagpunas ka man lang ba? Ang greasy ng kamay mo eh!”

So, what now? You like me, ok. Why just now? Gusto kita, but I have to move on from you! Kaya nga ako nakangiti ng hinawakan mo kamay ko eh kasi this time, I know better! There’s a perfect time to find your perfect pair (Jollibee, 2017). That’s true! But this is not the right time because you are not the one for me! You will always be my friend and I deserve someone better than you to be my “the one”.

Sabi sayo Jollibee eh, relatable siya!

That’s it for now!

Ash.