Now this is for the brave who would dare to try one of the hottest dishes in the Philippines. This dish originated from Bicol, a province famous for its hot and spicy cuisine, where nearly every vegetable dish has chili peppers in it. Although oddly enough, they don’t really call it Bicol Express in Bicol since it is based off an already popular dish called gulay na lada there. The peppers used in real Bicol Express are Bird’s Eye Chilis, which were once ranked as the spiciest chili peppers in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records, although many Bicol Express variations use much tamer, less spicy chilis. It is a common joke that the dish was coined as ‘Bicol Express’ because it would make you run for water as fast as an express train as soon as you put it in your mouth.