If I’m on death row, it’s my last day and I’m given my last food request, I’ll order two. The second would be crispy pata. The first, of course, would be the birthday party staple which is traditionally consumed for long life, pansit or noodles. Who knows it will work. But in case it doesn’t work, here’s where the deep-fried goodness of crispy pata comes in.
We’ve covered a few mouthwatering crispy pata and featured them here in VisitPinas. There’s the boneless variety served with the rest of delicious recipes in Serye. We’ve also mentioned that while the JIJF Lutong Bahay ni Inay (Candelaria, Quezon) has a slight tinge of saltiness without the sweetness, the crispy pata of Judy Ann’s (Malabon City) is the exact opposite. We love both (please don’t make us choose) so it’s high time we feature the other one.
We all know that crispy pata is boiled pork leg (sounds more enticing that pig trotter) deep-fried in oil. We all know that the meat is first boiled, usually placed in the freezer after, then dropped in high-temperature, deep oil. What we don’t know is how Judy Ann’s, or Juday’s as I usually call it (after the namesake movie and television star), makes its crispy pata to die for (figuratively and literally speaking).
It’s best consumed fresh and hot off the pan. The restaurant is simple and looks like a souped-up eatery, but don’t let looks deceive you. You find gold after digging through dirt. You’ll find the golden-drown, crispy-skinned and juicy-soft meat crispy here in this simple restaurant. If you bring it home as pasalubong, don’t be quick to judge. It may not be as crunchy as consuming it on site, but it tastes just as great. Don’t forget to use the sauce that comes with the package.
How to get there? Along the main road of Brgy. Conception in Malabon City, Gen. Luna Street, there’s an unassuming sign which reads “Jamico Restaurant“, with “Judy Ann Crispy Pata” at the lower part of the sign. If you’re coming from the Malabon City hall, take Rizal Avenue and turn right after St. James Academy. That’s Gen. Luna Street. If you’re from Malabon Zoo, just go straight along Gov. Pascual Avenue and you’ll hit the intersection of Gen. Luna St. and Don Basilio Bautista Blvd. at the very end. Gen. Luna is a one-way street, so take a right turn to Bautista Blvd, take the left turn in Bernales, a couple of blocks away (just ask around, and incidentally you’ll pass by two outlets of Arny-Dading’s Peachy-Peachy), take a left turn towards C. Arellano Road. Take another left after A. Luna Street and you’ll end up in Gen. Luna St.
Landmarks: When you see Meralco at the right side of Gen. Luna (right after the intersection of Syjuco St.), look left and you’ll see Judy Ann’s at the other side. Judy Ann’s is beside Mary Ann’s. Now, if you think there’s a better way of going there, or if there’s an error in the directions, please let us know through the comment section below. See also the map on how to get there. Now, to last you through the sometimes confusing drive to Judy Ann’s in Malabon, take another look at this delectable and delicious freshly-ripped knuckle part of Judy Ann’s crispy pata.
The direction to Judy Ann’s is slightly tricky because the streets of Malabon City are never easy to navigate. Not a hindrance, though, for people even die in search of the holy grail. If the holy grail of cripsy pata comes in set, and we’d like to believe that it’s a set so we won’t have to make a single choice, Judy Ann’s is one component of that set. No amount of flood (portions of Malabon are below sea level) and narrow roads could deter us from going here. Go ahead. Try it. And believe.