abc 7: Handmade fresh tamales served at Factory Tamal on Lower East Side
LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Originating from the ancient Mayans, tamales is a dish many Mexican restaurants shy away from because of its time-intensive process.
However, cook Fernando Lopez of Factory Tamal on the Lower East Side, is faithful to his roots. His small restaurant specializes in tamales.
While many restaurants opt to purchase fresh tamale dough, the Mexican native prepares his own masa through nixtamalization - this is all done by hand to keep the flavors consistent.
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