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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Day 16: International Hot & Spicy Food Day

In honor of this international food holiday, I decided to make a popular spicy Filipino dish, Bicol Express.

Bicol express is a stew made with pork, sauteed shrimp paste, coconut milk, the usual aromatics (garlic and ginger) and chilies. Normally pork belly is used, but I picked up one of those stir fry packs that had pork strips. Paid a little bit more, but all I had to do was chop up the onion and pepper strips into small dice. I only used jalapenos for my heat, but I don't want to kill my stomach. Keep it on the light side.

I roughly followed the bicol express recipe from Yasmin Newman's 7000 Islands: A Food Portrait of the Philippines. When I say roughly, I mean I glanced at the page to make sure I got the right ingredient in at the right time. Measurements I didn't really follow.

I'm a little worried about tomorrow's food holiday - hot buttered rum. What is that?

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