My love of cooking Patatim started when I was sixteen.
I remember this dish was one of the very first recipes that I learned to cook. No, the pata (pork leg) didn't intimidate me. But all I remember is that, dinner was wonderful and the aroma from braising the pork leg invited everyone to the table.
So drum roll, here's my newest video on YOUTUBE: ta- dah... HOW TO MAKE PATATIM. Click the video and enjoy!
Patatim (Pork Leg Braised in Soy Sauce and Vinegar)
Pork Butt or Pork Leg
3/4 c soy sauce
3/4 c vinegar
3-4 pieces of star anise
3/4 c brown or white sugar
4-5 cups of water (you may add more if the pork in not yet tender)
bok-choy for garnishing
Rub the green onions onto the pork butt. Heat 2 tbsps of cooking oil on a skillet. Brown all sides of the pork. Set aside.
Caramelize sugar in another pot. Add all the ingredients except the bok choy. Let it boil. Put the pork butt in. Reduce heat when the pot is boiling and cook until the meat is tender. It usually takes 2-3 hours before the meat is tender and for it to have the melt-in-your mouth softness.
Stir fry the Bok-choy and use it to garnish the Pata-tim. Have a cup of steamed white rice and you are ready to enjoy the melt-in-your mouth goodness of Pata-Tim. Happy cooking!