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south bronx tamale gold

bigjeff | Sep 30, 200907:30 AM

I've written about these tamales many times on this board but after a recent sampling, I think they deserve their own thread. The tamales offered by the mother and son team of Tamales Ebenezer, located on East 138th Street between 3rd Avenue and Willis in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx (and down the block from the 138th St-3rd Avenue station of the 6 train) are the bomb. I buy tamales practically whenever I see them in a cart because for a minimum investment, you're sure to get something good but these are gold. Steamed in corn husks (no aluminum foil) with a a choice of rojo (spicy with pork), verde (spicier with chicken), cheese (spicy), and sweet (one kind has raisins, the other has pineapple) for $1.25 each of generously packed tamales, streaked through with grease and flavor and often served two inside a bun (are people crazy??? apparently, because I saw a group of 5 guys get that one morning) and of course, my favorite offering of theirs, tamales oaxaqueno, $2 beauties wrapped in banana (plaintain?) leaves, big monsters, wetter than the regular ones, about 8" x 4" with verde as well as a molé one which is amazing. All have generous fillings, no dry spots in the masa like some places, and just amazing. They also can do catering and special orders but are consistently there everyday, sometimes getting there as early as 6:30am but be aware that they usually close up shop by the afternoon, when all their stuff runs out.

but if you are in the area, check 'em out! or, make that special trip if you want to pick up some tamales for a party or something.

Tamales Ebenezer
353 East 138th Street (between Willis and 3rd Ave, in front of La Merced Mexiana)

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