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Oaxacan Tamales in Woodside

Eric Eto | May 18, 2006 01:08 AM

As I passed by the street vendor under the LIRR tracks at Roosevelt/61st St, I noticed that the vendor has a sign for tamales Oaxaqueños. The first time I went, they were out, but tonight, he had a few left, and I got a oaxacan pork tamale (they have chicken too). For $3.00 you get a pretty massive tamale, and it's pretty good. Not the greatest. Maybe it's unfair to rate one bought at the end of the day after they've been steaming all day. Wrapped in banana leaf, it was a bit on the dry side, but the pork was pretty tender and the mole (not a traditional mole negro) was just spicy enough. All in all, not bad, especially since I don't have to trek all the way to Sunset Park for these. Hopefully they'll keep selling them. Other places that have sold oaxacan tamales around Jackson Heights/Woodside have stopped selling them for one reason or other. By the way, they're also selling elotes (corn on the cob with mayonnaise, cheese, and chili powder) for $1.

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