Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Vive la Poutine!

Photo via [Poutine Page]

Here at Corrie Canuck we’ve discussed a variety of British foods including pork scratchings, chips, curry, and baked beans, amongst others.

Now let’s examine some of our own Canadian dishes and show the Brits what they’re missing.

Today, we showcase poutine: the holy trinity of fries, gravy and cheese curds.

For you folk in the UK who haven’t tasted this dish, it’s what we do to chips in Quebec. Take a serving of chips. Cover it with gravy and cheese curds. Serve it in a Styrofoam bowl and voila. Poutine.

Watch this dated yet probing video and learn:

Can poutine kill you?

How to pronounce poutine.

Meet the alleged inventor of poutine.

Want to know more? Visit Montreal Poutine for poutine reviews, 24-hour poutine joints, poutine recipes, and poutine gear like the t-shirt above.

In my opinion, the only good poutine is served in Quebec. Enlighten me if you know a good poutine place outside La Belle Province.

And to our overseas readers: Tell us if you’ve eaten poutine and lived to tell the tale. If you’re travelling to Canada, you may want to read our Glacia’s poutine travel advisory.


Betty said...

Blimey. Just looking at that stuff probably raises your cholesterol level by 200%. I don't think it can outdo deep fried Mars Bars in terms of unhealthiness, but it's getting there.

In the north of Britain chips and gravy used to be quite popular although it's probably thought of as a bit old hat now. In fact, a Macclesfield band called the Macc Lads have a song called Beer 'n' Sex 'n' Chips 'n' Gravy, but don't bother to check them out as they are truly awful.

John said...

Ah, Belle Province poutine. The restaurant keeps paramedics on hand, just in case.

Also, I love this shirt:

(from a fellow linked blogger)

And don't forget Flickr's poutine page:

The last time we were in Scotland, we tried to educate the locals on the joys of poutine but were given looks of total disgust, just before they dropped another haggis in the deep frier.

Tanya said...

oh, i loves me a good pile of artery clogging goodness. the best poutine i've ever had is from the chip truck at the corner of queen and o'connor in ottawa. OH. MY. GOD. delish... nice fat fries, heaps of curds and the best gravy ever. i want one right now. for breakfast.

second best i've had is from au casseau in ste-agathe. tho that is in quebec, so doesn't count in the original question of best outside quebec. but if anyone is ever up in the laurentians, i suggest you try the au casseau poutine. their burgers are pretty good too. they're open from the may long weekend until thanksgiving on route 329 on the way to st-donat...

GoBetty said...

I want this poutine more than anything.

Ang said...

I'm not a big fan of the poutine. I do however LOVE Newfoundland's fries with "the works". Instead of adding cheese they add dressing (or stuffing as some call it). I don't know what it's made of, and it sounds horrible, but it's amazing. I was very hesitant to try it when in St. John's for vacation, but it was really really good.