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Pata Tim on a white platter
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Pata Tim

Melt-in-your-mouth tender Pata Tim braised in a sweet and savory sauce. Easy to make and so good with steamed rice!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 580kcal


  • 4 pounds whole pork leg
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 cup Chinese cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 pieces star anise
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 pieces shitake mushrooms
  • 1 bundle bok choy, ends trimmed and leaves separated


  • Have the butcher cut pork leg at about 2 inches apart but not all the way through. Under cold running water, rinse pork leg. Pat dry.
  • In a wide pan over high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add pork leg and sear on all sides. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • In a large pot, combine Chinese cooking wine, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, star anise, and water. Over medium heat, bring to a boil, stirring regularly until sugar is dissolved. 
  • Gently place pork leg into the liquid mixture and boil for about 5 minutes. 
  • Lower heat, cover and continue to cook for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until meat is very tender and almost falling off the bone. Add more water in 1/2 cup increments as needed during cooking to maintain about 2 cups of sauce.
  • Rinse the mushrooms and mushrooms into 1-inch thick strips.
  • In a pan over high heat, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring regularly, for about 1 minute or until heated through. Remove from pan and keep warm.
  • In the pan, add bok choy and cook, stirring regularly, for about 30 seconds or until tender yet crisp.
  • To serve, place pork leg on a serving platter. Arrange bok choy and shitake mushrooms around pork leg. Spoon sauce over the vegetables and meat. Serve hot.



Calories: 580kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 3411mg | Potassium: 856mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 4.1mg