Laing + Bicol Express = BlaingX

I’m not going to write much today. In 2 days i have my long distance triathlon ironman 70.3 and i’m buzzing around like a headless chicken trying to make sense of things. In fact I’m in the airport now on my way to the city of Cebu, our race venue. The ultimate multi-tasker.

For those who don’t know. Laing is a very Filipino dish that usually consist of boiling down some gabi (taro) leaves with coconut milk, spices (shrimp paste, garlic and lots of it, onions, chillies) and other ingredient variations. It hails from the wonderful Bicol region and will forever be one of my favorite dishes.

Bicol Express is a mix of Baguio beans, pork slices, garlic, onions, chillies and coconut milk. Do you see a pattern here?

My beef with Laing is that it’s eaten as a side dish, and with the Bicol Express is that it doesn’t really make sense to eat it on its own.

So I thought, why not put them together , add and change up a couple of ingredients and make a complete dish that can be eaten on its own (I just substituted chicken for pork).

Here is the birth of BlaingX (possibly the ugliest name of a dish ever).

Here I am in the airport lounge blogging this post from my phone, so excuse the typos and the lack of bold font (I’m terrible at coding )



    1. ardiboi August 3, 2012 at 4:34 am

      Laing and bicol express are two of my favorite dishes (being half-Bicolano myself)! Gonna try this variation of yours..

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 10:01 am

        thanks bud!!!

    1. James August 3, 2012 at 5:21 am

      This is really cool. Hey dude btw, good luck on the 70.3 on sunday! Kill the finish line and inspire us more!

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

        thanks bud!

    1. nofy August 3, 2012 at 6:13 am

      Wow! You’re digging spicy foods too, especially bicol cuisine : ) you might also wanna try laing pizza, super sarap! *wink. We missed you at Yahoo OMG Awards btw for the magnum royalty…

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:57 am

        my favourite! im not a fan of the pizza though, too heavy handed.

    1. Lea August 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

      You changed songs in your video intro! btw, what was the title of the last one you used? it was dupe. thanks :)

      1. NicoleS August 6, 2012 at 5:10 am

        the last song he used is called Howlin For you by the The Black Keys

        1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 10:08 am

          good on you

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

        I’ll name it in the next post :)

    1. August 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Good luck on your Ironman 70.3!

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:51 am


    1. didi August 4, 2012 at 5:07 am

      For the first time you did a filipino cuisine! thanks! got to try this!

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:47 am

        nope i’ve done so many pinoy dishes!

    1. kristine August 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      This is awesomelicious!! :)

      By the way, you do good in singing! I watched your vid with Solenn singing Come Together by The Beatles. Applause to the nth power!

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

        im a terrible singer!

    1. Raizza Videña August 5, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Haha! I would have to agree with the ugliest named dish. But it looks better than it sounds. I bet it tasted way better too. Congratulations on your IronMan finish!

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 10:11 am

        thanks Raizza!

    1. ara August 6, 2012 at 7:36 am

      that looks delicious :D :D :D ~~~ specially on hot steaming brown rice hehe ~~ :D

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 10:02 am

        No rice needed :)

    1. ceegs August 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      this dish was great! laing and bicol express are one of my comfort foods usually served by my mom..and have them both was a blast! thanks for reinventing,.we loved it..more more fil foods :-)

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:59 am

        same here!

    1. Kris August 6, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      You have such nice hands..

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

        haha ok thanks!

    1. Sophia August 7, 2012 at 6:17 am

      Wow this looks really good! Can’t wait to try it :) btw, i saw you at the cobra ironman finish line. Congrats!

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:55 am

        thanks Sophia! haha the look of pain

    1. Kenny G August 8, 2012 at 3:13 am

      Sorry, but I don’t think Bicol express usually has Baguio beans as an ingredient.


      But that’s not how it’s done in Bicol that’s for sure.

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

        correct sorry about that!

    1. ceegs August 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

      @kenny…read his article.. it say he made his ‘own version’ peace:-)

    1. Mom-Friday August 11, 2012 at 3:54 am

      I like both dishes! We cook our laing with ground pork so I guess I have to call it Blaing too :)
      By the way, your post title spells LAIN – missing the “G” :)

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

        ay shit, thanks!

    1. Kenny G August 13, 2012 at 10:43 am


      If that’s what he’s saying. although he starts off the line as: Bicol “Express is a mix of Baguio beans, pork slices, garlic, onions, chillies and coconut milk.” and then just mentions in the last part of his article that he will make his “own version”.

      so it seems like he makes a version after stating the initial and original ingredients.

      But i understand that he may be making nga his own “Bicol Express” with Baguio beans. anyway, just wanted to clarify.

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

        the dude’s right :) i dont know why i put that in!

    1. Anna August 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      This looks, great! My 4 year old son loves camote tops, he’ll love this! Another addition to my menu list, and a new one! <3

      1. Erwan September 4, 2012 at 5:43 am

        thats great! start them young

    1. FSW August 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      What’s a good sub for taro leaves? Can’t get those where I am.

      1. Erwan September 4, 2012 at 5:53 am

        any leaves would work, even spinach

    1. Christine | Jovial Wanderer August 17, 2012 at 1:29 am

      I just finished watching the video and I’m drooling!!! :) I looooove Laing and I l love that you used chicken. Thanks for sharing this. I am inspired to cook laing or maybe order one, haha (and I’ve always considered it as a main dish as well :P).

      Great site you have here.

      1. Erwan September 4, 2012 at 5:51 am

        thank you christine

    1. rrrrruth August 23, 2012 at 1:16 am

      Nice inspiring video! short but gives clear details! Since I love to cook I also have my own version of Laing using Malunggay leaves with crispy anchovies very healthy as I am breastfeeding mum. :) keep it up mate! All the best! Looking forward to ur next viddy! :)

    1. Marvin September 6, 2012 at 10:41 am

      wow. I’ll try to cook this one! this is really helpful since I’m in Qatar where chicken is the usual dinner. this will keep me from the regular chicken recipes Yey! any other chicken recipes you can recommend? thanks buddy!

    1. kate September 22, 2012 at 2:13 am

      i love both dishes. might get some for lunch later…
      congrats on your ironman victory:)

    1. IJP September 26, 2012 at 7:41 am

      HAve you tried authentic Laing? Im from bicol this is not how it should look like.. its hard to look for One here in Manila, but once you tried hoe bicolanos do it you would know the difference.

      1. Erwan September 26, 2012 at 7:45 am

        I was very clear in my text that this is not authentic Laing. That’s why I called it Blaing X

        1. IJP September 26, 2012 at 7:47 am

          My Bad, but have you tried authentic laing?

          1. Erwan October 3, 2012 at 2:11 am

            Yup, the best!

    1. Grace October 8, 2012 at 7:54 am

      You should also try PINANGAT another variation Of laing but cooked dirrerently. It’s from bicol also.

      Other suggestions are DINAILAN and bicol express!!! Yum ( makes me miss the philippines more)

      1. Erwan October 15, 2012 at 10:08 am

        i’ll give that a try! I’ve my own version of a bicol express already! :)




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