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How to Make a Delicious and Crispy Pata

Crispy Pata is a popular Filipino dish that’s loved for its crispy and flavorful deep-fried pork leg. It’s typically served as a main dish for special occasions or gatherings. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to make a delicious and crispy pata.


  • 1 pork leg (around 3-4 lbs)
  • 1 head of garlic, minced
  • 2-3 pieces of bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of whole black peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup of vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 6-8 cups of water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cooking oil for deep frying


  1. Clean the pork leg thoroughly and remove any hair or debris. You can ask your butcher to do this for you.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, place the pork leg, garlic, bay leaves, whole black peppercorns, vinegar, soy sauce, and enough water to cover the pork leg.
  3. Bring the pot to a boil, then lower the heat and let it simmer for about 2-3 hours or until the pork leg is tender. Add more water as needed.
  4. Once the pork leg is tender, remove it from the pot and let it cool for a few minutes.
  5. Preheat your oil for deep-frying. The oil should be hot enough to cook the pork leg quickly and evenly.
  6. Carefully lower the pork leg into the hot oil and deep fry for about 10-15 minutes or until the skin is golden brown and crispy.
  7. Once the pork leg is crispy, remove it from the oil and let it rest for a few minutes before chopping it into serving pieces.
  8. Serve your crispy pata hot with a dipping sauce of your choice. A simple dipping sauce can be made by mixing soy sauce and vinegar, with some chopped onions, garlic, and chili peppers.

Enjoy your delicious homemade crispy pata! This recipe serves about 4-6 people, depending on how much pork leg you use. Crispy pata is a great dish to make for special occasions, but it’s also perfect for when you want to indulge in a hearty and flavorful meal. So, don’t be afraid to try making your own crispy pata and impress your friends and family with your cooking skills.

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