One of the favorite Filipino dishes during fiestas is Crispy Pata. The leg, usually the front, is boiled and then deep fried. If you are looking to cook something for special occasions, try the crispy pata recipe below.
1 pork’s front leg (pata)
1 bottle 7 up or sprite (softdrinks)
1 1/2 cups water
1 tbsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vetsin
2 tbsp. patis
2 tbsp. flour
oil for frying
1. Clean pata and slit skin (3-4 slits on both sides) without cutting bone. Place in adeep pan with a tight cover. Add water, 7 Up and salt. Bring to a boil. After 15 minutes, add baking soda. Baking soda will hasten the softening of the pata’s skin. Continue cooking. If water dries up and pata is not yet done, add another cup of water. Meat should not be too tender. Drain when done. Hang for 1 day or place in refrigerator overnight to make skin dry.
2. Before frying, brush with patis and sprinkle with flour generously. Deep fry untilcrispy and golden brown.
3. Put off the heat and pour 1/4 cup water. This will make the skin more crispy.
4. Serve with this sauce: Vinegar with 2 cloves garlic (crushed), a little salt, pepper and 1 small hot pepper (siling labuyo).
Source: Chef Pinoy Recipes