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
- Clean the pork leg thoroughly and remove any hair or debris. You can ask your butcher to do this for you.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once the pork leg is tender, remove it from the pot and let it cool for a few minutes.
- Preheat your oil for deep-frying. The oil should be hot enough to cook the pork leg quickly and evenly.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.