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Alemany Farmers Market: Chilean Empanadas and All Star Tamales

Dave MP | Jul 15, 200711:03 AM     17

I visited the Alemany Farmer's Market yesterday for the first time...definitely a nice change of pace from Saturday at the Ferry Building.

We bought some yellow squashes, a melon, some leeks and a peach, but most of the time was spent eating breakfast.

We started off at the coffee stand that sells alfajores...I was buying a coffee when I saw someone else order an empanada. These looked great, and my friend and I each ordered one. As I chatted with the woman running the stand, I found out she is Chilean, and as I had suspected, the empanadas were Chilean empanadas.

I spent a year living in Chile (and ate LOTS of empanadas) and I can definitely say these were the best Chilean empanadas I have had outside of Chile. In fact, the only complaint I have is that I thought they were too small! I should have ordered two!

The empanadas were reheated from cold to just a bit warm. The baked crust had a nice balance of crunch and softness, and wasn't overly thick. In other words, good crust to filling ratio. The filling consists of ground beef, sweet sauteed onions and raisins, along with the traditional piece of hard boiled egg and an olive. I possibly heard mention that they sometimes offer other types of empanadas, but I didn't confirm this. Does anyone know?

Next stop was the All-Star Tamale stand...my friend had a spinach and cheese tamal and I had the sweet tamal. My tamal was actually two tamales wrapped together...they were extremely moist and fresh, better than any sweet tamale I've ever had in the Mission. I was pleased. His spinach/cheese tamal was good but I didn't think it was all that interesting.

Overall, a nice start to a good day of food.

Dave MP

Alemany Farmers' Market
100 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94110

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