Yes, binatog is not just a breakfast item or a snack, it can also be a great ingredient you can add to your stews! Pata at Binatog is an original creation here at Ang Sarap where pork leg is slowly simmered in a tomato-based sauce where it cooked together with hominy (binatog), red capsicum and carrots.
Binatog or Hominy in the Philippines is quite a popular breakfast item where it is simply boiled then seasoned with salt and/or sugar then served with a generous serving of freshly grated mature coconuts and melted butter. As far as I am concerned this was the only way this type of corn is served in the Philippines and I have never seen it served in other ways in the Filipino cuisine but in Latin America and South American cuisine it is a different story, hominy is widely used on their stews and that’s where I got my inspiration for our recipe today, the Pata at Binatog.
As the name suggest this dish is made out of Pork Leg (pata) and Hominy (Binatog) where it is slowly simmered in a sauce made out of tomatoes that were sauteed with lots of garlic, onions and carrots. This combination gives it a very Filipino taste. And like most Filipino dishes this is perfect to serve with a freshly cooked rice.