Lahi – Crispy Pata

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I’ll say one thing for the folks at Lahi: they know how to do pork! In this context, the Tagalog word “pata”, as in Spanish, means an animal’s leg, and Crispy Pata is one of my absolute favorite Filipino dishes. It’s a pig knuckle/trotter/hock, deep fried until the skin is crispy and the meat is meltingly tender, accompanied by a soy-vinegar dip. Here, it comes to the table topped with crunchy fried noodles, a garnish I’ve not seen elsewhere which perhaps gilds the lily a bit, but I’m not complaining. One day, I’ll eat a whole one of these by myself, even if somebody’s watching! (Although they might want some too. 😉)

More dishes from Lahi, 51-24 Van Loon St in Elmhurst, Queens, to follow.

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