Three ladies — one from Mexico City, one from Puebla, one from Oaxaca — prepare a variety of chow at this stall. A bilingual gentleman, who coordinates sales and bags takeaway orders, explained that two styles of tamal were on offer, with similar fillings. One, cradled in a corn husk, is typical of Oaxaca City; the other, shown here (with pork, $2), hails from the outlying reaches of Oaxaca State. Its banana-leaf wrapper imparts a faint but unmistakable flavor to the masa.
A different Mexican sidewalk stall not so very far away
Northeast corner of 34th Ave. and 78th St. (near Travers Park), Jackson Heights, Queens
Sunday only, 9:30ish-3:00ish, contemporaneous with the Jackson Heights Greenmarket