Bicol Express Pork with string beans Recipe
Bicol Express originated from Bicol which is a Southern Luzon province which is popular for its chillies and coconuts, the chillies grown here in are called “siling labuyo” which on my own opinion is one of the hottest chilli I tasted and it’s definitely hotter than Jalapeno Pepper.
800g pork belly, diced (small)
1/2 cup dried shrimps or 3 tbsp bagoong alamang (shrimp paste)
6-10 finger chillies, julienned
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 red onion, chopped
3 cups coconut milk
8 string beans ( 2 inches cut each )
freshly ground black pepper
*In a pan sauté garlic and onions.
*Add the pork belly stir fry for a couple of minutes.
*Add the 2 cups of coconut milk and dried shrimps then bring to a boil and simmer in medium heat for *20 minutes or until the coconut milk had reduced to a thick oily gravy.
*Add the chillies and add the second can of coconut milk and continue to simmer for 10 minutes.
*Add String Beans, salt and pepper to taste. serve after 3 minutes.
Hot Tip: I prefer freshly extracted coconut milk rather than processed-canned coconut milk. If you want it to be super spicy-hot, add more red chilies.
Health Benefits of Green Beans:
An alkaline vegetable; it is therefore beneficial for people who are acidic.
Offer cardiovascular protection. The antioxidant in this vegetable helps to prevent cholesterol from becoming oxidized. Oxidized cholesterol is able to stick to and build up in blood vessel walls, where it can cause blocked arteries, heart attack or stroke.
Help lower high blood pressure.
Help prevent weakening of the bone.
Green Beans fiber can help promote a healthy colon because of its ability to bind to cancer-causing toxins, removing them from the body before they can harm colon cells.
Help prevent DNA damage.
Have strong anti-inflammatory effects which make it effective in diseases where inflammation takes place, such as arthritis and asthma.
Helpful for menstruating women and for people who are at risk of iron deficiency.
An energy food.
A diet food because it contains few calories.
Beneficial for lactating women because it help increase the nutrient in breastmilk.
Nutrient Content of String Beans: per 100g
Vitamin E: 0.45mg
Vitamin. B1 (Thiamin): 0.074mg
Vitamin. B2 (Riboflavin): 0.097mg
Vitamin. B3 (Niacin): 0.614mg
Vitamin B6: 0.056mg
Vitamin C: 9.7mg