Ghetto Grub: Analisa’s Crispy PataSeptember 24, 2013
- Nico GocoWords
From food carts to hole-in-the wall joints, we try out meals that literally test your intestinal fortitude. There may be flies on the counter, and the dishes aren’t always clean, but that big, hot bowl of what’s presumably food just looks so good. Yes, these are the places your mom warned you about. But it’s okay, we won’t tell if you won’t. Welcome to Ghetto Grub.
Having previously declared our love for deep fried pork parts, I find no shame in confessing that I also harbor a foot fetish. Whether your favorite crispy pata comes from a famous Filipino restaurant, a love hotel, or the Ministop nearest you, this dish of porky perfection is always a hit come mealtime and drinking sessions.
The crispy pata is a lovely sight to behold. The golden-brown crispy skin teases you with the promise of juicy meat within. The small hint of naked bone that peeks through is just daring you to grab the whole leg and dig in. You find your mouth start to water in anticipation, thoughts of slowly breaking into that piece of meat and seeing the steam rise as you cut through fill your head. It’s like FHM for your mouth.
It was a few years back that my officemates first introduced me to Analisa’s Crispy Pata, over at Project 4, in Quezon City. Initially, I wasn’t all that excited since I had noticed a general decline in the quality of crispy pata at a lot of food outlets. I really wasn’t expecting that much when I took a bite.
It’d never felt so good to be so wrong. The skin was perfectly crisp, the meat was moist, and it was seasoned with just the right amount of salt, pepper, and sweetness. That one bite led to many more visits to Analisa’s (some even during the day), all of which have been quite happy experiences so far.
The Analisa’s at Project 4 is actually an outlet of the main establishment in Sikatuna (also in QC). Despite this, the Project 4 branch is still an institution when it comes to crispy pata. It has been in the area for around 20 years, providing not only sustenance, but also a steady supply of patients willing to fund the car payments of the city’s cardiologists.
Aside from my one true love, they also sell all manner of deep fried goodies like whole chickens, pork bellies, pork heads, and chicken skin. The menu items are so sinful, you’ll immediately gain 10 pounds just from passing by the store.
Their operations are straightforward enough. Most of the items are pre-cooked, and kept frozen inside a chest freezer. The meat is then prepared upon order, and served hot and sexy before you after a few minutes in the deep fryer.
Analisa’s is one of the few places you can get a crispy pata for less than PHP 300.
The menu is also priced quite fairly. Analisa’s is one of the few places you can get a crispy pata for less than PHP 300. Sadly, the kuya over at the counter told me that they may have to increase the prices due to the rising cost of LPG. It’ll just be a twenty-peso increase, though, which makes a minimum impact on the total price. This means I’ll still be able to afford to swing by whenever I feel that special itch.
We’re doing something new on Ghetto Grub. Hopefully, these ratings will help you guys decide if our discoveries are a fit for you and your friends.
Ghetto Factor: 6.5/10
It’s in the projects, but the neighborhood isn’t half that bad. Just don’t go wandering around here by foot late at night. As for the prices, it’s still pretty expensive, but compared it to most other eateries that serve crispy pata, it’s probably a hundred-fifty to two hundred pesos cheaper.
Health Hazard: 1/10
The chances of contracting food-borne diseases here are close to nil. The food is handled minimally and the deep fryer will probably kill off any germs. So, yay for boiling oil!
For those who break out in rashes when not in the presence of air conditioning, be warned that ordering here is a 15 minutes affair. If you can stand that, then you’ll be fine (Or yaya can drop by to pick-up your order, making it a win-win for you).