Visiting other countries is certainly not complete without tasting the country’s unique culinary delights. If you travel to Canada, Poutine is a food that can’t missing.
Poutine was created in the 1950s in the Province of Quebec, Canada. This is a Canadian specialty of French fries and thick cheese smothered in gravy.
This sauce is make from beef or chicken broth, with various choices of toppings. Poutine is best eating while still warm. The heat of the sauce will make the cheese melt slightly.
Where will you find Poutine?
Poutine was originally found in the province of Quebec, but because of its delicious taste, this dish has become very popular throughout Canada.
It’s not difficult to find Poutine in restaurants in Canada, including in the city of Toronto, which Liputan6.com visited in mid-February. Almost all cafes and restaurants serve Poutine as an additional menu.
Because of the popularity of this food in Canada, there is a fast food restaurant that specializes in selling Poutine, namely Smoke’s Poutinerie, which has been established since 2008 in Toronto.
Traditional cuisine that keeps up with the times
Keeping up with the times, this food is no longer just French fries and cheese. At Smoke’s Poutinerie, Poutine is serve with a variety of toppings. Some use mushrooms, beef, chicken, and pork.
Food to look for during an NBA Game in America
Smoke’s Poutinerie has outlets all over Canada. In fact, they have also penetrated the neighboring country, the United States.
One of Smoke’s Poutinerie’s outlets is in the Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Raptors basketball club. When the 2016 NBA All-Star was held at the Air Canada Center, the Smoke’s Poutinerie outlet was quite busy with NBA spectators from various countries.
They want to taste the delicious Poutine while watching a basketball game. It’s a shame that the Smoke’s Poutinerie outlet at the Air Canada Center does not serve a menu as complete as at other outlets. There is only traditional Poutine and with sliced pork.
The price for a serving of Poutine sold by Smoke’s Poutinerie at the Air Canada Center is quite expensive. For the traditional priced 9.50 Canadian dollars. However, one portion of this food is already filling because of its large size, as well as its delicious taste.
Typical food for winter
Poutine is perfect for eating in cold weather or if you want a light meal to fill your stomach. In its development, poutine has become a typical national food for this country in North America. So, you can’t miss it when traveling to Canada.
Tourists can easily find this food in various well-known fast food restaurants. But if you want to get more choices of flavors, you can visit a special poutine cafe which is usually call Poutinerie.
How to Make a Simple Poutine
Intrigued by this food, you can try three flavors, namely vegetarian, beef chili (beef with red beans), and country style (beef with mushrooms).
If interested, you can try making this food at home. This food is very open to various kinds of creations, so it is very possible to mix flavors according to taste. I will also try to make it, how about you?
3 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp water
6 tbsp unsalted butter
30 gr all-purpose flour
20 ounces of beef stock
10 ounces of chicken stock
4 medium size potatoes
1 pack of mozzarella cheese
Pepper to taste
Salt to taste
Right amount of oil
Water for soaking to taste
How to make French fries:
Cut the potatoes about 1 cm thick
Put it in a bowl and soak it in cold water
Leave it for about an hour
Heat the oil in a wide and large skillet
Then, drain the soaked potatoes on a sheet of paper
After the oil is hot, put the potatoes into the cooking oil and cook until the potatoes are cooked, but not yet brown
Remove the potatoes and heat the oil over high heat
Once the oil is hot, put the potatoes back in and cook until they turn brown
How to Make the Sauce:
Put the cornstarch in a small bowl, then dissolve it with water
Place unsalted butter in a saucepan over medium heat
Once melted, stir in the all-purpose flour and cook for about five minutes, stirring constantly
Once it turns golden brown, add the beef and chicken stock. Then, stir with a whisk and cook until it boils
Add half the melted cornstarch and simmer for one minute
If the mixture isn't too thick, you can add more cornstarch little by little until you get the consistency you want
Add additional pepper and salt to taste
How to Make Poutins
Place the fried potatoes in a large bowl and sprinkle with a little salt while they are still warm. Stir until all the potatoes are season with salt. Pour the hot sauce over the fries to coat most of the surface of the fries. Give small pieces or grated mozzarella cheese on top. Finally, give a little sprinkling of pepper as a flavor enhancer.
Poutine is ready to be enjoy !