Patatim is a Filipino-Chinese dish which is made out of slowly braised pork leg cooked similar to Paksiw but without the vinegar. This dish is very popular in Authentic Chinese food establishments in the Philippines such as the restaurants and even hawker stalls in Binondo. Traditionally it is cooked with dried shitake mushrooms and served over blanched vegetables such as broccoli or bok choy, but the non-Filipino-Chinese version uses banana blossoms and cardaba bananas instead.
I had seen this dish across South East Asia, I don’t know the local names of each but they were cooked similarly and just differ in the accompanying ingredients and thickness of soup / sauce. A very good dish that can be paired with rice or Chinese curlers, it has a very flavourful meat due to the length of the braising time, a sauce with a texture like melted gelatine and the contrasts of sweet and saltiness flavours.
- 2 pcs small pork legs, cut into 1½ inch thick pieces
- 4 pcs cardaba bananas, sliced
- 1 cup banana blossoms
- ¾ cup soy sauce
- 4 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 3½ cups pork stock
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cornstarch, dissolved in ½ cup water
- fish sauce (adjust the amount according to your liking)
- 2 pcs star anise
- 4 pcs bay leaves
- 2 tsp peppercorn
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 whole garlic, minced
- peanut oil
- In a pot, brown garlic in peanut oil.
- Add pork leg and brown on all sides.
- Now add all of the remaining ingredients, apart from the banana blossoms and plantain bananas.
- Bring to a boil and slowly simmer for 1½ to 2 hrs.
- Add the banana blossoms then simmer for additional 15 minutes.
- Add the plantain bananas then simmer for additional 15 minutes.