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Crispy Pata

Crispy Pata made whole pork leg boiled until tender and then deep-fried until golden and crisp. Crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside, this popular Filipino delicacy is sinfully delicious
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 20 mins
Cooling8 hrs
Total Time10 hrs 30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 560kcal


  • 1 whole pork leg
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 can (12 ounces) 7-up or Sprite
  • 1 head garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • salt
  • 5 cups oil

For the Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 soy sauce
  • 2 shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 Thai chili peppers, peeled and minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • With a knife, scrape any stray hairs on pork leg and trim off nails.
  • In a large pot over medium heat, combine pork leg, vinegar, 7-up, enough water to cover, garlic, peppercorns, bay leaves, and 1/3 cup salt. Bring to a boil, skimming scum that may accumulate on top.
  • Lower heat, cover, and then simmer for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender but not falling apart. If the meat is drying before it is fully cooked, add more water in 1 cup increments.
  • Drain pork leg, discarding liquid and aromatics. Place on a rack and allow to cool to touch,
  • Sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons salt and massage all over. Place in a container with a lid and freeze overnight.
  • In a large, tall pot over medium heat, heat about 4 to 5 cups of oil (enough to cover the pork leg during deep-frying) to 350 F.
  • Gently add pork leg and deep-fry, turning as needed, until golden. 
  • Remove pork from the pat and drain on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Let rest for about 3 to 5 minutes before chopping. Serve hot with dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce

  • In a small bowl, combine vinegar, soy sauce, shallots, garlic, chili peppers, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir well.



Calories: 560kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 185mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 1055mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 4mg