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Offline Bokonon

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Frozen Tamales?
« on: September 23, 2021, 02:02:28 PM »
I'm looking for a place that specializes in tamales and sells them frozen.

I recently started buying frozen dumplings from Lao Bei Fang dumpling house and like to have them in stock at all times (only $15 for 50 pcs).

Growing up in LA, my parents used to do the same with frozen tamales. It just dawned on me that I could probably find some here in Jackson Heights / Corona.

I love the tamales that sell at the farmer's market, but those are fresh and I wouldn't want to freeze those.

Does anyone know of a place that sells them frozen in bulk?

Thanks!

Offline Garsleat

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Re: Frozen Tamales?
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2021, 09:49:19 PM »
Are you looking for Chinese tamales or Mexican tamales? You can find some frozen Chinese tamales in Chinese supermarkets in Elmhurst on Broadway. But best would be to go into Chinatown and stock up on more varieties.

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Re: Frozen Tamales?
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2021, 07:30:52 AM »
I'm looking for Mexican tamales. Never heard of Chinese tamales, maybe I'll try those too!

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Re: Frozen Tamales?
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2021, 08:52:29 AM »
"Chinese tamales" are known as Zongzhi, available at most dim sum or Chinese pastry shops. Fay Da on Broadway and 75th, across from the large supermarket, does a pretty good one. they contain a variety of items (all together) in glutinous rice and wrapped in a lotus leaf. there's usually some shredded beef, hard boiled egg, a nugget of Chinese sausage and sometimes dried shrimp.

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Re: Frozen Tamales?
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2021, 09:58:08 AM »
LOL Guys ;D

Chinese tamales sound great, I will try them.

But I'm trying to find MEXICAN frozen tamales.

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Re: Frozen Tamales?
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2021, 12:53:49 PM »
i've honestly never seen them. but i can say that the tamales from the various ladies who sell around here actually do freeze very well if well wrapped.

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Re: Frozen Tamales?
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2021, 01:01:59 PM »
 Thanks for this. Opens up a whole other food storage category for future meals.

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Re: Frozen Tamales?
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2021, 01:31:39 PM »
Thanks for this. Opens up a whole other food storage category for future meals.

Yes, exactly! I highly recommend Lao Bei Fang's frozen dumplings. It's cost effective, and once you master the cooking process (which is really easy) then you are basically getting restaurant-quality dumplings quickly, whenever you want them. It's perfect if you haven't the time for proper meal planning as a sort-of backup meal that's quick and delicious (pair them with a simply sautéed veggie).

Here's my new plan for the Mexican tamale situation: I'm going to check out the two Food Bazaars over in Corona and see if they have some local-branded frozen tamales. My experience with Food Bazaar is that they do a good job catering to and supporting the local communities they operate in. I used to get extremely good fresh bagels at a location in East Williamsburg, which apparently they were sourcing from a small bakery not far away from that specific location. Hoping for something similar here.

If that doesn't work, then I might try asking some of the small tamale vendors if there's any way for me to buy in bulk. Or I might have to consider getting mail order from a place like: https://texastamale.com/

Will update with my findings.

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Re: Frozen Tamales?
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2021, 09:21:55 PM »
There are the tamale ladies by the 82nd street 7 train station. They are cooked in a pot, but I'm sure they would sell you frozen ones if you ask.

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Re: Frozen Tamales?
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Offline bellabella

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Re: Frozen Tamales?
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2021, 07:25:43 AM »
We order from Texaslonestartamales.com  They have several varieties. My family seems to enjoy the meat ones. I like the black bean/vegan ones. They also have dessert tamales and sides.  They always run specials as well.