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Daddy Cooks: Crispy Pata

Crispy Pata is another dish that my dad does very well. And this of course, is one of my family's favorites too! :p

Unlike other crispy pata recipes which take at least a day for the preparation itself plus an hour or two for the actual cooking, my dad's crispy pata is not just delectable but is very easy to prepare and cook as well. :)

Crispy Pata

pork pata (front or hind pork legs with knuckles)
garlic, crushed
onions, minced
salt and pepper to taste
water for boiling
cooking oil for frying

Preparation and Cooking Procedures:
Clean the pork by removing all the hair. You may use a knife to scrape the hair. My mom also rubs rock salt into the pork to remove its stinky smell. Wash the pork with running water.

In a pressure cooker, put water just enough to submerge the pork and add in crushed garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook the pork for 45 minutes. You may cook it longer to make the pork more tender. :) Drain and set aside.

Nice and tender pork pata. :) Ready for frying!

Put cooking oil in a frying pan over high heat. Make sure the oil is hot before putting in the pork. Adjust the burner to low heat and cover pan immediately after putting the pork. Cook pork until golden brown. You will need to turn the pork over for it to be evenly cooked. Cooking time is around 15-20 minutes, or until the pork is golden brown. Drain, serve, and enjoy! :)

For a more delectable treat, you may have it dipped in vinegar with soy sauce, minced onions, sugar, and pepper; or in Mang Tomas lechon sauce. :)


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