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Melanie Wong | Dec 30, 202102:45 AM     3

Salvadoran tamales purchased from Don Julio's in Rohnert Park a few days beforehand were this year's Christmas Day lunch. They're good-size and $3.99 apiece (or $40 per dozen). Wrapped in banana leaves and plastic wrap, we reheated by steaming for 10+ minutes.

The soft, almost buttery masa was well-seasoned and savory. For Salvadoran tamales, the masa is cooked before wrapped and steamed for more hydration and a much softer texture. Filled with a generous amount of achiote-stained chicken, plus peas, carrots, corn and chickpeas in tomato-y juices, these were mild yet flavorful.

The Salvadoran tamales are a special for the holiday season and will be available until January 15. Complimentary chips and a red salsa that surprised me with how picante it was accompanied my take-out order.

Don Julio's is located where my favorite pupuseria used to be. I'll have to return to try the pupusas here. I saw some cooking on the griddle --- they're enormous!

Don Julio's Latin Grill & Pupusas
217 Southwest Blvd
Rohnert Park, CA
707-242-3160
https://www.facebook.com/donjulioslat...
https://donjulioslatingrill.com/

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