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03/08 Primavera Pork Tamales, Ferry Building Farmers Market

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03/08 Primavera Pork Tamales, Ferry Building Farmers Market

opinionatedchef | Apr 4, 2008 08:32 PM

Sparked on by Morton’s Ferry Building thread,my Love and I did a thorough Sat.Farmers Market tour last week. Very fortunately, another customer at the Primavera stand- was grabbing these pork tamales and saying to me “these are the best”. As a result, one pkg of them accompanied us home to Boston Wednesday. We ate some this evening and all I can say is, “Boy, are you SF CHs luuuuuuckyyy.”

After ½ hour of steaming in my Chinese steamer, they had plumped up to half again their original size , and I can honestly say that I have never had a better meat tamale. Texas, Mexico, New Mexico, across the U.S.- none better. Now that’s something. Much to my surprise, the tamale filling was about 3/4 meat and 1/4 masa. The masa had a sturdy(but not leaden) well textured consistency and was permeated throughout with the flavors from the pork and its sauce. The pork was not shredded; rather it was in 1 ½” cubes, and was tender and flavorful. And this tamale needed NOTHING. Imagine that- no salt, no sauce, no crema; just perfect as is! It was much larger than most tamales, large enough to serve as lunch.

As RobL mentioned on Morton’s Ferry Bldg. thread, these pork tamales are only available at the Ferry Building and not with the other Primavera products at Whole Foods. ( It’s probably because federal regulations are so demanding/costly with regards to kitchen facilities used to produce foods containing meat, and supermarkets can only sell meat products that have been produced in federally approved kitchens.). As a rule, tamales freeze really well, so we’ve frozen the other 2 in the package and we will, at some future date, finish them off and relive our tremendous trip to Cal…….
And next year we will bring back a ton more of them!!

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