Bicol Express

If you want a healthier version of the famous FIlipino dish Bicol Express, try this Vegetarian Bicol Express and enjoy the same appetizing taste!



  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 250 grams tofu, cut into half-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetarian bean paste*
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup string beans, thinly sliced 
  • 1 cup baguio beans, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper
  •  4 pcs finger chilies (siling haba), sliced


  1. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat and add oil. Add onions, garlic and saute for 1 minute or until translucent.
  2. Add tofu and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.
  3. Add bean paste and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add coconut milk and bring to a simmer, then add soy sauce.
  5. Add 1 cup of string beans and mixed cover it for 3 minutes.
  6. Then add 1 cup baguio beans then cover for 2 minutes. 
  7. Add chili peppers and mix.
  8. After about 5 minutes or when veggies are cooked (beans will be tender) and the liquid has evaporated, add the remaining coconut milk and continue to simmer until it thickens and begins to render the fat.
  9. Add salt and season with pepper and more salt to taste. Serve hot.



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