The crusty soft-crumbed bread and red-sauced filling is reminiscent of one of your better meatball heros. So is the texture of this Pueblan torta de tamal, even though the protein is limited to a little dark-meat chicken.
The bread-to-filling ratio is high, but shortly afterward I observed the neighboring grilled-corn vendor request hers with two tamales. This seemed to be a cashless transaction between colleagues. But, seeing that a one-tamal torta ran me all of $1.75, how much could a double possibly cost?
A Mexican sidewalk stall
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