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Filipino Pata Tim Recipe

Pata Tim is a Filipino dish made out of slowly braised pork leg. Historical account of this dish was lost in the passage of time. However, in order to better comprehend the origins of Pata Tim is to better understand the meaning of Pata and Tim. "Pata" is a Spanish word for "leg" and Tim is a Chinese word which is conclusively and probably refers to a cooking style or manner on how a dish is cooked.

The conclusion and probability of the word Tim was based on two reasons: First, the dish is very popular in the Filipino-Chinese community in the Philippines and so we can conclude that is was a Filipino-Chinese in origin. Second, there is another dish called Pato (duck) Tim which is cooked in the same way or manner as the Pata Tim and so we can conclude that Pata (leg) Tim is cooked in the same way or manner as the Pato Tim. We can conclude that Pata Tim is a dish that was cook up or invented after the Spanish era by the Filipino-Chinese (not to mention that Filipino-Chinese are still Filipinos in the broader sense) in the country. The evolution of this dish, therefore, was due to the Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese influence. It can also be that the dish started when a Filipino-Chinese master ask his chef to cook a Pato Tim, the chef misheard it as Pata Tim and so instead of cooking a duck, the chef cook the pork leg in a manner how he cook the Pato Tim.

However, whatever the chronologies of this historical Filipino dish, Pata Tim is one of the most delicious Filipino food in the Philippines. The dish is being cooked in a manner similar to Paksiw na Pata but without the use of vinegar. The pork leg is braised until fork tender, kind of the meat is going to separate from the bone and the sauce becomes gelatinous. The most common ingredients of Pata Tim found online and cookbooks are the pork leg, rice wine, garlic, star anise, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, pork broth, cornstarch, and salt. This recipe continues to evolve as creative cooks and chefs try to variate it by adding additional ingredients or substitutions such as bay leaves, mustard leaves, pineapple juice, dried squid, shiitake mushrooms, spring onions, cardaba bananas, onions, honey, cinamon, peppercorns and other ingredient they can think of suitable to this dish.

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Pata Tim Ingredients

Pata Tim Cooking Instructions

  1. In a stock pot with enough water, simmer the pork pata with all the ingredients until fork tender. Add hot water if necessary to replace the evaporated liquid.
  2. Drain and cut the meat from one side and separate the bones. Save 1 cup of broth.
  3. Place lettuce in a platter. Put the pata over the lettuce. Set aside.

Pata Tim Sauce Ingredients

Pata Tim Sauce Cooking Instructions

  1. In a skillet, combine broth, cornstarch, and salt to taste.
  2. Bring to boil until sauce becomes thick.
  3. Pour the sauce on top of the pata. Serve hot!



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Comments (27)

I'm looking for recipes! I found this a little different from other recipes. Feedbacks convinced me to try this one too. Excited. Thanks!
#27 - ate - 08/15/2015 - 18:45
tried it
It's the exact taste I've been looking and longing for a long time! Thanks for sharing the recipe! The only thing that I think should be altered is the measurement of cornstarch. It was too thick, i had to discard the first batch! For neophytes like me, maybe instructions on how to mix the sauce should be elaborated. Otherwise, the sauce will be too pasty.Bottom line is, after twicking minor changes, the recipe was awesome!
#26 - Melanie - 09/26/2014 - 20:31
thank po sa right procedure of cooking patatim God bless chef balse
#25 - noel filomeno - 09/18/2014 - 07:37
pata tim
thanks for sharing, this recipe, i sure am to make.
#24 - viensky65 - 07/14/2014 - 09:15
Pablo's Pata Tim
I wanted to try a new recipe today and thought of adobo. I came across Pablo's recipe and tried it. It came out very good. Never been a fan of Pata Tim, it doesn't look appealing to me. But after cooking the recipe for the first time, I might just be one.

Thank you Pablo.
#23 - Parchi - 04/22/2014 - 19:35
Pata Tim
This is another way of cooking this dish..I'm cooking it this way now...but I don't fry the lettuce..I will just add spinach ..
#22 - sylvia - 04/06/2014 - 12:03
filipino pata tim recipe
thank u for sharing us the recipe of pata tim,,,i'am excited to try to cook this recipe,,, hope i can cook as good as yours! thanks again!
#21 - daisy p, rodriguez - 02/28/2014 - 05:55
I will try it thank you so much
:-P I will try it thank you so much
#20 - leslie barcellano - 10/04/2013 - 05:20
easy,practical and delicious pata tim!
#19 - mae - 07/06/2012 - 00:18
I will try this recipe but i'll add a little brown sugar :-)
#18 - Vince - 04/15/2012 - 21:33
i'll try this recipe ryt away.thanks so much!
#17 - marie - 03/31/2012 - 03:18
thank you for the generosity to share the secret of cooking delicious pata tim. I will try it at home for my family.
#16 - margie of bulacan - 12/04/2011 - 21:36
thanks a million!!! An additional recipe to my cooking and knowledge.

#15 - Arion Mendioro - 11/19/2011 - 22:20
ilove cooking,and i will try to cook this recipe, and i will share it to my nephews, niece and to my bff. and thanks also to this , my filipino recipe, it adds to my knowledge.
#14 - amalia esguerra - 10/01/2011 - 22:24
one of our favorite dish,thank you
#13 - luz tendido - 09/04/2011 - 06:28
Salamat po ng marami. Nakatulong po ng malaki!
#12 - - 06/12/2011 - 19:26
thanks sa info,,more powers..
- chef cook JEFF BALSE
#11 - JEFFERSON BALSE - 06/11/2011 - 11:39
really good recipe :)
#10 - Ethel - 03/16/2011 - 14:33
i'll try d's to eat!
#9 - - 03/06/2011 - 22:43
i love it so much! i never thought that it's easy to prepare. i totally like it. thanks!!!
#8 - sabrina doroja - 02/01/2011 - 02:19
Thanks for sharing your gives an additional knowledge for my,i can cook not just a simple dish but other dishes that i can be proud of..
#7 - - 01/31/2011 - 23:04
thanks for sharing us your pilipino recipe,now we don't to go to restaurant just to eat my favorite foods thanks again
#6 - mario - 01/10/2011 - 16:17
thanks for sharing the recipe, no need to order in the restaurant...easy to cook!
#5 - megs - 10/19/2010 - 07:37
you're right! it's yummy! love it!
#4 - bong fernando - 09/25/2010 - 16:16
its super delicious!you must try it!
#3 - Marichu - 09/24/2010 - 08:13
Very interesting and easy cooking, thank you..
#2 - - 07/05/2010 - 21:08
thanks a lot, its a two thumbs up!
#1 - Bong encarnacion - 05/30/2010 - 20:19
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