The Bicol region located in the southern part of Luzon is known for its creamy – thanks to coconut milk (gata) – and chili-infused cuisines that are enjoyed and celebrated throughout the country. You’ll surely find a version of their cuisines wherever you go in the country. However, nothing beats eating it at the place where it originated from.

In this list, we’ll give you Bicol dishes that you must try if you do find yourself visiting this region, and let us know which one is your favorite.


Laing – Also known as Pinangat, Laing is one of the most famous Bicolano cuisines in the country. Its main ingredients consist of coconut milk, chili, and taro leaves. You can either cook it as it is or add meat to it.

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 Picadillo – Picadillo is a dish that originated in Bato, Camarines Sur. It’s a fish cuisine stuffed with onions, garlic, tomatoes, ginger, and chili. You can cook it in 2 ways: frying them as is or cooking them with coconut milk. 

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Sinantol – Santol or cotton fruit is one of Bicol’s most produced crops. That’s why it’s not surprising to know that they have a dish made out of it. Just like most of Bicol’s popular cuisines, this dish is made with gata and chili. Meat or fish can be added too. But what sets this apart from other Bicolano cuisines is that you get a perfect balance of taste.

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Kinunot – Kinunot is another Bicolano dish made with seafood, specifically shark meat or stingray meat, coconut milk, and chilis. It’s usually considered as an appetizer but who are we kidding?

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Tilmok – Tilmok is the Bicolano term for coconut meat. Its other main ingredient is crab meat.

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Dinuguan – If you’re looking for a more adventurous palette, then Dinuguan might just be what you’re looking for. This dish is a savory stew made out of pork offal and/or meat. It gets its dark color from pig’s blood. Coconut milk and chilis are added for the creamy texture and spicy kick.

Photo source: Maggi PH

Bicol Express – Named after the passenger train from Manila to Bicol, this is Bicol’s most iconic dish of all. It’s a creamy and spicy dish made out of pork, fish sauce, coconut milk, and lots of chilis.

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Go on a food adventure in the country’s adventure capital and get full on what Bicol has to offer. Make it more memorable by staying with any of our RedDoorz Hotels scattered across the region. You can spend your time eating your way around without worrying about breaking your budget. Visit our website or download our mobile application to book the best rooms at very affordable prices!

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