PINASarap: Laing and Bicol Express
Laing is a Filipino dish native to the province of Bicol. It is a spicy and creamy dish of Gabi (Taro) leaves, pork, and chili peppers cooked incoconut milk.
Bicol Express Origin
Cely Kalaw, a native of Laguna and an owner of a restaurant located in Malate, Manila, is believed to have been the woman behind this spicy and appetizing dish. She went to Nagawhen she was three years old and was exposed to the palatable dishes of Bicol. When she grew up and returned to Manila, she created Bicol Express. She named the dish after the train that travels from Paco Station to Bicol.
Bicolanos also claim that it was derived from an original native recipe of Bicol, Gulay na Lada, which is cooked the same way as Bicol Express but originally had no meat.