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September 23rd, 2010

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 03:07 pm
A colleague has brought "Hot Tamales" cinnamon sweets into the office. They look pretty vile. The conversation has of course lead on to "what's a tamale anyway"?

So to share the intel:
1. Singular of 'tamales' is not 'tamale', it is 'tamal', if you believe wikipedia;
2. Tamales are made from masa (a starchy dough, often corn-based) and then filled with all sorts of fillings*;
3. Wiki makes comparisons to zongzi 粽子, which is "a tamale but with glutinous rice and a sausage in the middle", a sentence which brings joy to my heart;
4. Tamales are available near Euston in London!

*Mestizo suggests “pollo con mole”, “queso con rajas”, or “puerco con salsa verde". (Chicken/cheese/hog).

Can we go can we can we?