Paksiw na Pata


1 large pork hock (pata about 1 kg.)
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup dried banana blossoms, soaked in 1/2 cup water
4 tbsps. brown sugar
1 pc bay leaf
10 peppercorns
salt to taste


Clean pork hock and cut into serving pieces. Boil in vinegar, garlic, peppercorns, and water. Add the banana blossoms including the water used in soaking. Simmer until the pork hocks are tender, adding water as needed. Stir once in a while to prevent from sticking. Add the soy sauce and sugar. Boil for a few minutes more. Add the vetsin and salt to taste. Serve hot. Makes 4 to 6 servings.