Paksiw na Pata is pork leg cooked in vinegar and soy sauce. Although the term “Paksiw” means cooking in vinegar and garlic, the soy sauce is added to bring additional flavor and color. This is a very simple dish that has a great resemblance to the ever popular Pork Adobo dish.
What I like about this dish other than its simplicity is the way the pork fat melts in my mouth. That is not an idiomatic expression, I really mean it. Imagine tenderizing the meat until it almost separates from the bone while the gelatin-like fat floats around the pan. When that very same fat reaches your mouth, it automatically melts having a texture similar to the filling of a bavarian donut. Just some precautions; this dish is not intended for those who have high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Try this succulent Filipino food recipe.
2 lbs Pork leg (pata), sliced crosswise 1 tsp garlic, crushed ½ cup soy sauce 3 tbsp vinegar ½ cup brown sugar 1 pack dried banana blossoms (about 100 grams), soaked in water 5 pieces dried bay leaves 1 tbsp whole pepper corn Salt to taste
Pour the water in a pot and bring to a boil
Add the whole pepper corn and dried bay leaves
Put-in the soy sauce and garlic then wait for the mixture to boil again
Put-in the sliced pork leg and simmer for 1 to 1.5 hours (or cook in pressure cooker for 30 minutes)
Add the vinegar and simmer for 10 minutes
Place the banana blossoms in and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes
Add the brown sugar and salt and simmer for 2 minutes