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How to Cook Beef Bicol Express

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Beef Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: bicol express
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Manny


  • 1 kilo beef strips
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 3 Tbsp. corn oil
  • 2 pcs red onion chopped
  • 2 pcs large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 inch ginger slice into strips
  • 3 to 4 pcs siling labuyo bird's eye chilis, chopped
  • 2 pcs bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. patis or fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 pc sweet pepper sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. spring onions chopped


    How to cook Beef Bicol Express:

    • In a medium size wok, heat oil and saute the beef until slightly brown.
    • Pour 1/2 cup of water and let it boil.
    • Stir then add the ginger, black pepper, tomatoes and siling labuyo.
    • Stir for a few minutes then add about 1 cup water. Add more if necessary.
    • Cover and simmer the beef until tender and the liquid has evaporated to half.
    • Then add onions, bay leaves, patis and coconut milk.
    • Mix the ingredients and simmer again for 30 minutes.
    • Then add the sweet pepper and spring onions. Simmer for a few seconds then serve.