Being a sucker for sales, I got the buy one take one kilo sliced pata hind in S&R yesterday. A kilo cost P170. So today, I looked for and found the following recipe. Just had it for dinner and it is so good. Note, I told HHA not to fry the pata any longer as stipulated in the recipe but to just boil it.
PATA TIM INGREDIENTS:
1 whole Pork hind leg (pata sa likod) include the upper meaty part.
1 pc. Star anise (sangke)
4 tbsp. Hoysin sauce (optional)
½ cup Dark Soy sauce
1 cup Brown sugar
2 cups Root beer (optional)
1 tsp Sesame oil
2 tsp Corn starch dissolved in ½ cup of water
1 pc Medium size Chinese cabbage
6 to 8 pcs Shitake medium mushrooms (optional) soaked on hot water
for 30 minutes then drained
1 pc. large carrot
PATA TIM PROCEDURE:
1. Boil the pork pata for about 45 mins in salted water. Drain and let cool.
2. Deep fry in vegetable oil until golden brown. Let it cool
3. Place the fried pata in a casserole. Add about six (6) cups of water and the two (2) cups of root beer.
4. Add the star anise, hoisin sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar.
5. Place in high fire until it boils then reduce the fire to low and simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the pata is very tender (almost falling off the bone). Remember to add the carrots and shitake mushrooms
after 30 minutes of simmering.
6. Make sure to check the water level every 15 minutes. Ideally the level of the sauce should be 1/4th of the casserole when done. Add the cornstarch and water mixture. Simmer until the sauce thickens.
7. Add the Chinese cabbage and simmer until it is tender. Add the sesame oil.
8. In a serving dish, place the pata in the center. Place the vegetables on the side.Pour enough sauce on the pata. Serve hot.
Recipe is from http://lutongpinoy.info/pata-tim/
HHA still needs to learn how to keep vegetables looking fresh in the dishes she makes. One recipe I found suggested putting cooking oil ( a few drops) in the water where the veggie will be blanched. Will try that next time.