Bicol is known for its distinct cuisine, which mostly features the creamy coconut milk or gata and red chili peppers. Bicol food is generally spicier and richer compared to other regional delicacies in the Philippines. Notably, the mild sweetness of coconut milk brings a sense of delight to the sharp notes of chili pepper and bagoong in the classic Bicol Express recipe.

Bicol cuisine is closely related to other cuisines of the Philippines and uses similar ingredients and techniques. Stewing is a common cooking method in Bicol and elsewhere in Luzon

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