myFresha-licious: Pata Tim (Pork legs in Sweet & Tangy Sauce)

Pata Tim (Pork legs in Sweet & Tangy Sauce)


I was thinking of cooking humba for supper yesterday but what I bought is pork legs.  So I cooked pata tim instead.  Like the humba and adobo, pata tim also uses soy sauce and vinegar as flavoring ingredients then cooked until the meat almost melts in the mouth.  Traditionally, the pork is cooked slowly in order to soften the meat until it appears almost shredded.  With the availability of pressure cooker, things are much easier – saves time and saves money.

Here’s a simple recipe of pata tim.  Next time, i’ll be adding pineapples and pineapple juice.

BEWARE! – this is a high-calorie, high-cholesterol, high-sodium, and high-fat (specially the saturated fat) dish so have it with a blanched or steamed cruciferous vegetables like cabbage or pechay.


Pork leg / pork trotters – 500 g.
Light Soy Sauce – 6 tbsp
Dark Soy Sauce – 1 tbsp
White Vinegar – 7 tbsp
Sugar – 3 tbsp
Water – enough to cover the pork
Garlic, crushed – 5 cloves
Star Anise – 2 pcs
Bay leaf – 2 pcs
oil – 3 tbsp
Peppercorn kernels -as desired

Cooking Procedure:

1.  Combine all of the ingredients and marinade the pork for at least 2 hours.
2.  Saute the pork legs and sear it for a few minutes
3. Transfer the seared pork in a pressure cooker and cook for about 15 minute, start timing it from the moment the pressure cooker whistles.
4.  Continue cooking until almost all the liquid evaporated but make sure to leave a some as sauce.

Serve of steamed rice and a diet pepsi (all that I got, no coke available)

Makes 3 servings . Here’s the estimated Nutritional valuesper serving based on the ingredients used.

Calories :  456.33 kcal Total Fat:  26.67 g.
Cholesterol :  110 mg. Saturated fat :  9.33 g.
Protein :  33.2 g Dietary fiber :  0 g.
Sodium :  1,138.33 g. Carbohydrate :  13.53g