Tamales - Again same name but not the Mexican kind at all- Panamanian tamales are like a square burrtio and are made from a dough of ground corn with a filling of chicken or pork with spices- They are all wrapped up in a banana leaf and boiled. Delicious! Several make a meal,one makes a handy snack- unwrap the banana leaf and enjoy
Tortillas are very popular for breakfast, but these are not Mexican style tortillas. In Panama “tortillas”are half inch thick rounds of corn dough deep fried and usually served with a melting piece of cheese on top and eggs.This is a dish that will stick to your innards all morning.