Wednesday, March 07, 2007

"Paksiw na Pata" (Pork Knuckle Poached in Vinegar & Spices)

This dish was our lunch. I'd cooked this several days ago and stacked it inside my freezer. Today, I didn't have the time to cook, I was doing the laundry and other stuff. So, I just reheat it in the microwave and voila! (may ulam na kami!), hehe! c",)

Good for 4-6 servings

You'll need:
  • a piece (1.1 kg) of front pork leg, cut into small serving pcs.
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp whole peppercorns
  • 1 large red onion
  • 3 tbsps of white vinegar
  • 3 tbsps of soy sauce
  • 3-1/4 cups water
  • 2 tbsps of light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp rock salt
  • a pack (25 grams) dried banana blossoms

Here's how:

Finely pound the garlic leaving some skin on. Crush lightly the peppercorns. Mince the onion.

In a thick bottom casserole, put the pork, garlic, pepper, onion, vinegar and soy sauce. Cover. Do not mix. Place over high fire. Bring to boil. Let it boil for a minute before opening the cover. Mix until well-blended. Cook with lid on until liquid dries up. Stirring every now and then.

Add water. Stir. Cover. Bring to boil again. Then, reduce heat to low. Simmer for 1-1/2 hour without opening the cover.

Put the sugar, salt and dried banana blossoms. Cook in low fire for another 20-25 minutes.

Serve with rice.

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