Noodles and Beef

arcpup asks:
Why do you eat so much poutine?

Excuse you.

I’ll tell you why I eat so much damn poutine.

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Look at that.  LOOK AT IT.  Pulled pork over fries with cheese curds.  Its like staring into the FACE OF GOD and he tells you YOU ARE WORTHY OF EATING ME.

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Oh my god, is that…?  YES IT IS: Japanese curry chicken over yukon gold fries!!!  Salty, Spicy, Sweet, Umami…what is this?!  A FIFTH FLAVOUR?!?!  The best elements of every flavour combine to unlock the ULTIMATE FORM OF TASTE INCARNATE: poutine.

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Have you ever eaten something so incredible you cried?  Meet duck confit poutine: self-actualization as food.  You are special, you are loved, you are worthy, you are wanted…and poutine has brought you there.

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Behold: classic poutine.  Deceivingly simple.  You’d never know a life changing experience was just a bite away.

If you could capture the human condition—love, loss, joy, sadness, ecstasy, pokemon—into food, you would have a recipe for classic poutine.

What I’m saying is: you have not lived until you’ve poutine.

Butter chicken curry poutine with sweet potato fries fried in duck fat.

Oh yeah.

Basic poutine and butter chicken curry grilled cheese. Wow.

Kim chi poutine, duck confit banh mi, pork belly steam buns.

First thing I eat in Toronto: poutine from the world famous Pizza Pizza. Exquisite. Ten stars.

After much encouragement, pup added Mexican style poutine to his restaurant menu. Heaven, guys.

Remember all those pics of “poutine” I’ve been posting over the past couple weeks?

I’ve had a few folks ask me what Poutine is and why I’m such a freak about it.  

Please excuse the very crude diagram, but Poutine (in it’s most basic form) is three simple ingredients:

  • French Fries
  • Mushroom Gravy
  • Cheese Curds

Invented in Canada by the Royal Canadian Gastronomy Research Team (RCGRT), Poutine is a staple in the Canadian diet and is also incredibly delicious.

Macro nutrition and taste aside, what makes Poutine so amazing is how extensible it is!

Every single type of cuisine has a variation of the basic three ingredients, allowing for an infinite number of Poutine Permutations! Here are some of my favourite examples:

  • Indian Poutine: Sweet Potato Fries + Chicken Tikki Masala Curry + Paneer
  • American Poutine: Steak Fries + Beef Chili + Cheddar Cheese
  • French Poutine: Thin Frites + Beef Burgundy + Crème Fraîche

The possibilities are truely endless. I have been trying to concoct a Filipino Poutine using my new style of chicken adobo, and the preliminary results are very promising. I just need a better way to make the fries.

If you EVER have a chance to try poutine, THEN EAT IT. It’s a life changing food. I remember my first bite and the subsequent taste-bud high that followed. Nothing compares.

Nothing.

Lobster Poutine from Ptown!

Oh my gosh, you guys. Perhaps the best poutine I’ve had during my crazy trip. It was so rich and warming. The epitome of comfort food.

Last Poutine in Toronto on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Went to The Vic for Bear Happy Hour and had my final Duck Confit Poutine. Easily my favourite of the many I tried…goodbye, friend. Till we eat again.

Three more kinds of Poutine today.

Is this heaven? Or is that my heart slowing down?

Sausage poutine and Cheese Burger poutine at Smoke’s, then Sweet Potato Butter Chicken poutine at the movie theatre.  Yes, they serve poutine AT THE MOVIES. INSTEAD OF POPCORN.

OH MY GOD, CANADA. I LOVE YOU!

Yes. More. This time from Smoke’s Poutinerie in downtown Toronto.

  • Pulled Pork Poutine.
  • Japanese Curry Chicken Poutine.

Oh god. Amazing.

Not pictured because I ate them too quickly:

  • Philly Cheesesteak Poutine
  • Chilli Cheese Fries Poutine

Tomorrow’s agenda: MORE POUTINE!!!