The Happy Home Cook: Nora Daza's Pato Tim

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Nora Daza's Pato TIm (Photo by

Nora Daza's Pato TIm (Photo by

There are many recipes for Pato Tim on the web, but this one is from the late gourmet chef, Nora Daza, whose recipe books are the bible of Filipino immigrants in the US.


1 duck (about 1 kilo), dressed
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ginger, in strips (for marinade)
2 tablespoons rice wine
1/4 cup cooking oil for frying
6 pieces dried mushrooms, soaked
5 pieces asparagus
1/4 teaspoon ginger, in strips
Water from 1 can of asparagus
2 teaspoons cornstarch dispersed in 1 tablespoon water


Soak duck overnight in soy sauce, ginger and rice wine.
Brown in hot cooking oil.
Make a bed of mushrooms and asparagus on a platter. Sprinkle with ginger.
Nestle fried duck on the bed of mushrooms and asparagus. Steam for 2 hours.
Debone and put back on the platter.
Collect drippings, add water from asparagus.
Bring to a boil, thicken with cornstarch.

Pour over duck.

Serve hot.

From Let's Cook with Nora by Nora V. Daza (National Book Store, 1969).

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