Tamales: One of the Yucatan’s Prestigious Delights

Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 1:50 am

Tamales are a great Mexican dish that go back hundreds of years. Those found in the Yucatan are particularly unique. Why? Because this isolated portion of Mexico developed its very own culture until the mid 1800s.

EPTamales 1The Mayans are the people originally behind the Yucatan area. Although they have been long gone, their culture and way of life still exists among the local people. In fact, many residents live off the land, using the earth’s natural glory to prepare meals.

El Portal’s Able Ramirez explains that Yucatan food has taken inspiration from many places over the years but has never lost its original spice and flavor.

Obsessed with marinating and using citrus fruits, the people of the Yucatan are also renowned for their tamales. Thought to originate in around 8000 BC, the dish involves steaming dough in either a corn husk or aromatic banana leaf.

Yucatan tamales sometimes contain a gravy filling, giving them that extra special and soft taste, says Able. Another variety – known as dzotobichay – is filled with pumpkin seeds and wrapped in leaves to be eventually served with an onion and tomato sauce.

All this talk of delicious food is sure to whet your appetite. And thanks to Able’s commitment to preserve the Yucatan culture, you can try tamales of your very own at El Portal.

Along with the aforementioned innovative dish, the restaurant also serves other Yucatan specialties such as marinated pork and mouthwatering enchiladas.

Once you’ve had a taste of the true Mexico, you’ll always want to come back.

El Portal is located at 695 E. Green St., in Pasadena. For more information call (626) 795-8553 or visit https://www.elportalrestaurant.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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