Last week I went to the Buen Provecho Mercado in Pátzcuaro. This is a small mercado de especialidades, with a largely affluent expat clientele.
It's open only from 11 to 1:30, on Fridays! Location is in the Posada Yohuanalli, on Calle Dr. Coss in Pátzcuaro.
Although I went only to get a bag of mixed organic lettuces, I was attracted to a couple selling tamales estilo Oaxaqueños. Somehow, I ended up buying 4 instead of 2, but that's not a problem, as the chicken and chile one I tried was delicious. There should be yet another chicken tamal and two of rajas con queso. (Strips of roasted chile Poblano and cheese.)
These tamales are beautifully wrapped. I consider them works of artisanry.
I got some pics of the wrapped tamales. These are among the most beautifully crafted foods I've seen in Mexico. I noted that the number of ties and knots on the tamales differ. I think that this indicates the filling.
I'm looking forward to my next one. Here's a photo of one in its wrapper.
Here are some old and new photos of the Buen Provecho Mercado.