Food is a diversity thing. It really separates one country from another. What;s more, each food, having it’s own unique taste is worth trying at least once in a lifetime. For this, you need to travel, travel far and wide, tasting each country as it comes. Right now you are in Mexico. You are hunting the Mexican staple. Allow yourself to be familiar to the word Tamale. For many, and in fact, in the old ages, they were the de facto sandwich that the Spanish consumed. Now, tamales are not really a substitute for a sandwich, but they sure are legendary in the country you are in.
Tamales are old, really old (read 8000 BCE), and a typical tamale is made from dough made up of nixtamalized corn and is wrapped in corn husks. The filling is sweet, and varies from region to region. In fact, Tamales are so very common in Mexico, that almost every region in the country conjures up it’s own version of the Tamale. Some even say, and it is quite eye dropping, that there exist some 1000 different Tamales in the country. You better come prepared.
You can take Tamales as a morning breakfast or an evening food, as traditional Mexicans usually do. As for the fillings, you are looking at anything between chicken, pork, salsa, dried fruit, raisins and mole. Some regions even use banana leaves instead of the corn husks as the outer covering, and this certainly adds a dash of style to the already stylish Tamale. Accompanied with the Tamale are the famous Atole or Champorrado taken hot and maize based beverages. Taste is just an understatement here. You have to feel it for real.
To give you a glimpse of how iconic this food is in Mexico, Tamales were the first signs of civilization taken by the Spanish when they first visited this country. Now, you dont have to do that. Just visit a street dealer and ask for a fresh helping.