Pata with Coke, Pork Leg Braised with Coke
Pata with Coke, Pork Leg Braised with Coke. This is an experimental dish that is base on some dish cooked with carbonated cola drinks. I was having a set of pork leg in the fridge for sometime, actually this is a part of the Pata Tim I just cook recently.
The dish idea came when I thought that since most of Pinoy braised pork leg dishes are sweet why not cook it with coke which is full of sugar. And as expected the outcome was a success. Cooking is fairly easy except for the long simmering of the pork leg. I would not hesitate to recommend the dish to every one who want something different.
Here is the recipe of my Pata with Coke, Pork Leg Braised with Coke, try it.
1 pork leg, saw cut into 1 1/2” slices
4-6 hard boiled eggs
1 liter coke or any carbonated cola drink
1 stick cinnamon
1-2 pcs. star anise
3-4 pcs. bay leaf
1 tsp. peppercorns
1 head garlic, crushed
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup vinegar
3/4 cup soy sauce
salt and pepper
Place the pork leg in a big bowl and mix in the soy sauce and a dash of pepper, let marinate for 15 to 30 minutes. In a frying pan fry the pork leg in batches until seared on all sides. Transfer the seared pork leg in a sauce pan. Pour the coke over the pork leg, remaining marinade, 2 cups of water and all the other ingredients except the cornstarch and boiled eggs. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until tender and the pork skins turn to jell like tenderness. Add more water as needed, add the hard boiled egg during the final 15 to 20 minutes of cooking. When most of the liquid has evaporated and reduced to about half, season with salt to taste. Thicken the sauce with the cornstarch diluted in 1/4 cup of water. Cook for another minute. Serve with rice.
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