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2014-05-16 11:03:49 AM  
Now all it needs is for some killjoy food mullahs to whine about all of the calories and fat it has, and there will be no stopping this dish from conquering the world.
 
2014-05-16 11:11:38 AM  
We have a Big Cheese in Calgary, and a Smokes, along with dozens of other places that deal in poutine.

I will say this:  for all of the nacho and breakfast and perogy and what-have-you poutines, there isn't yet anything that bests the original fries, poutine gravy, and squeaky fresh cheese curds.  The only possible- POSSIBLE- addition that might be considered a reasonable accoutrement is montreal smoked meat.
 
2014-05-16 11:17:00 AM  
I've never had Poutine. That's a white people gravy thing, right? So it's kinda like chicken tikka masala, but with potatoes? I'll bet it's yummy as all get out.
 
2014-05-16 11:21:41 AM  
I have loved poutine ever since I first went to Canada years and years ago - never understood why it didn't catch on here earlier, but I'm so glad it finally is. I went to Poutine Fest in Chicago a few months back, and I live just a few blocks from this place, so I'm constantly chowing down. As far as fast and good variety, this place is solid, and the portions are shockingly large. I love the pierogi poutine. There are, however, far better poutines to be had in more sit-down bar/restaurants in the nearby area, but definitely not the variety.

/Yes, I sound fat.
 
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2014-05-16 11:22:55 AM  
I never got the whole Huy Fong Sriracha thing.  As far as I can tell it's mainly because there is a picture of a rooster on it, so you can call it cock sauce and dumb-ass hipsters can identify it by sight.


I mean, sriracha is a good hot sauce but that guy didn't invent it or anything, and there are plenty of other brands out there.  It's not even Vietnamese, it's Thai.
 
2014-05-16 11:27:25 AM  
Yeah, I'd like to try some poutine. I don't think I've ever had cheese curds, but I do love cheese.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-05-16 11:30:55 AM  
Also, if you want to impress people with your exotic foodi-ness, show up at your favorite restraint with a bottle of nam pla and pour that all over your food.

Maybe not your favorite restraint, one you could stand to be banned from.
 
2014-05-16 11:37:08 AM  

Notabunny: I've never had Poutine. That's a white people gravy thing, right? So it's kinda like chicken tikka masala, but with potatoes? I'll bet it's yummy as all get out.


I place I frequent does a butter chicken poutine (technically a chicken tikka makhani, but largely the same dish as tikka masala).

So fries, butter chicken, and cheese curds.  It's ridiculously tasty.  You can feel your arteries hardening as you eat it.
 
2014-05-16 11:52:28 AM  
Well, crap.  Now that it's a fad in the US, it will be farking ruined.

unyon: We have a Big Cheese in Calgary, and a Smokes, along with dozens of other places that deal in poutine.

I will say this:  for all of the nacho and breakfast and perogy and what-have-you poutines, there isn't yet anything that bests the original fries, poutine gravy, and squeaky fresh cheese curds.  The only possible- POSSIBLE- addition that might be considered a reasonable accoutrement is montreal smoked meat.


I'd say not even that, really, or it becomes loaded fries.  The original is the best.  Everything else is just overkill or a different dish.  Just as a martini consists only of gin, vermouth and a Big Damn Olive, poutine consists only of fresh made fries, fresh squeaky cheese curds, and poutine gravy (which is a beef gravy thickened with corn starch instead of flour).  That's it.  That's ALL of it.

But now that it's going to be a US fad, poutine will be impossible to find in its original form soon.  It'll be all gold-pated duck fat poached Asian-inspired short rib of Kobe beef with Indian paneer and hand-cut artisanal veggie fries or something.
 
2014-05-16 11:57:41 AM  

unyon: Notabunny: I've never had Poutine. That's a white people gravy thing, right? So it's kinda like chicken tikka masala, but with potatoes? I'll bet it's yummy as all get out.

I place I frequent does a butter chicken poutine (technically a chicken tikka makhani, but largely the same dish as tikka masala).

So fries, butter chicken, and cheese curds.  It's ridiculously tasty.  You can feel your arteries hardening as you eat it.


Awesome. Can I get that off a roach coach? Is this an FMLA menu item? Because I'd rather spend my afternoons in the ICU than dealing with my program manager.
 
2014-05-16 12:08:00 PM  
I was introduced to Poutine in Canada a little over ten years ago, and have been likewise confused about why it hasn't been more popular in the US. I mean cheese, fries, and gravey, how is that not the perfect food for Americans?

KFC even serves poutine in Canada, and it's good.

I suppose Disco Fries would be the US equivalent, though they typically substitute a melty cheese like mozerella for the curds.
 
2014-05-16 12:16:32 PM  
Really? We've had popular variations here for ages. Cheese fries, Chili cheese fries, carna-asada fries, gravy fries, etc. Putting stuff on fries is hardly new.

"the breakfast poutine -- topped with bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and served with a side of maple syrup "

But i guess simply putting stuff on fries and calling that "Poutine" is.
 
2014-05-16 12:31:08 PM  

Tellingthem: Really? We've had popular variations here for ages. Cheese fries, Chili cheese fries, carna-asada fries, gravy fries, etc. Putting stuff on fries is hardly new.

"the breakfast poutine -- topped with bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and served with a side of maple syrup "

But i guess simply putting stuff on fries and calling that "Poutine" is.


There's a BBQ place nearby that serves fries with sausage gravey ( the same kind as you'd use for biscuits and gravey).  That's more poutine-y than this guy's breakfast version.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-05-16 12:35:13 PM  

Tellingthem: Really? We've had popular variations here for ages. Cheese fries, Chili cheese fries, carna-asada fries, gravy fries, etc. Putting stuff on fries is hardly new.

"the breakfast poutine -- topped with bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and served with a side of maple syrup "

But i guess simply putting stuff on fries and calling that "Poutine" is.


I know what you mean.  I see places serving "sandwiches" and places serving "pizza" like they think that they are two different things when they are really just putting stuff on bread.
 
2014-05-16 12:37:09 PM  

unyon: Notabunny: I've never had Poutine. That's a white people gravy thing, right? So it's kinda like chicken tikka masala, but with potatoes? I'll bet it's yummy as all get out.

I place I frequent does a butter chicken poutine (technically a chicken tikka makhani, but largely the same dish as tikka masala).

So fries, butter chicken, and cheese curds.  It's ridiculously tasty.  You can feel your arteries hardening as you eat it.


Fox and Fiddle? Went there for the first time this week, had Korean BBQ pulled pork poutine, but a friend got the butter chicken one... had never seen it anywhere else prior.

Also, my ranked order of fast-food poutine if you dare to try such things:

1) A&W

2) Wendy's

100) KFC

∞) McDonald's
 
2014-05-16 12:39:13 PM  
Poutine tastes awesome and I definitely try to eat it at least once every time I'm in Montreal or other Canuck areas where it's popular, but check out the "nutrional" information for one serving of poutine (don't know how big the serving size is) that I found on the internets:

Calories 1,065
Total Fat 57 g
Saturated Fat 15 g
Total Carbs 112 g
Sodium 1,485 mg
Cholesterol 68 mg

As fat as Americans are now, imagine how fat we would be if poutine were as common in the U.S. as it is in some parts of Canuckistan. I'm sure the makers of LipitorTM would be thrilled if that happened, though.
 
2014-05-16 12:40:17 PM  
Poutine is great comfort food if:

A) It is completely freaking freezing outside
B) You are doing some seriously heavy physical labor
C) You are a fat thespian that is in the "bulking" stage for your Community Theater's Production of "Raging Bull."
 
2014-05-16 12:42:45 PM  
I'd like to try Poutine some time. I wonder if they serve it in northern Wisconsin, which I will visit soon.
 
2014-05-16 12:42:56 PM  

vpb: Tellingthem: Really? We've had popular variations here for ages. Cheese fries, Chili cheese fries, carna-asada fries, gravy fries, etc. Putting stuff on fries is hardly new.

"the breakfast poutine -- topped with bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and served with a side of maple syrup "

But i guess simply putting stuff on fries and calling that "Poutine" is.

I know what you mean.  I see places serving "sandwiches" and places serving "pizza" like they think that they are two different things when they are really just putting stuff on bread.


But if you put the sandwich or pizza on french fries is it now poutine?
 
2014-05-16 12:44:14 PM  

Tellingthem: Really? We've had popular variations here for ages. Cheese fries, Chili cheese fries, carna-asada fries, gravy fries, etc. Putting stuff on fries is hardly new.

"the breakfast poutine -- topped with bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and served with a side of maple syrup "

But i guess simply putting stuff on fries and calling that "Poutine" is.


None of those things is poutine, and the reason it hasn't caught on fully is that Americans for some reason seem incapable of figuring that out.  I get that on paper it looks like any old fries and cheese and gravy would work.  But it's like saying a hamburger is essentially a steak because they're both beef.

  The fries you have down- but poutine is really about both the gravy and the cheese curd.  The gravy must be a beef gravy or derivative- Chicken stock can be used in up to a third to take a bit of beef edge off.  It's usually *slightly* thinner than the gravy you'd have with a pot roast and mashed potatoes- the viscosity needs to be such that it both clings to the fries, but also flows through and permeates all fry and cheese surfaces, since it is a secondary heat conduit for the cheese curds.

But here is where you are grossly mistaken- substituting cheddar or mozza or whatever other abortive american cheese product you want is simply not the same effect as cheese curds.  While technically cheddar, they behave much closer to what a fresher mozzarella would.

They are heated only by the fries and gravy themselves- therefore they become trapped in a state between being both solid cheese bombs, and stringy cheese clingons.  Because they are of widely varying size, and will become trapped at different temperatures in the poutine, you'll get a range of textures from the cheese, between firm and squeaky to gooey and stringy.

Once we get poutine out of the way, we're going to introduce you to the broad spectrum of bacon that you also seem to not grasp.
 
2014-05-16 12:45:11 PM  
I've only ever had it in Quebec, at a Boston Pizza and St-Hubert restaurants.

God I want some now.
 
2014-05-16 12:46:14 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Tellingthem: Really? We've had popular variations here for ages. Cheese fries, Chili cheese fries, carna-asada fries, gravy fries, etc. Putting stuff on fries is hardly new.

"the breakfast poutine -- topped with bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and served with a side of maple syrup "

But i guess simply putting stuff on fries and calling that "Poutine" is.

There's a BBQ place nearby that serves fries with sausage gravey ( the same kind as you'd use for biscuits and gravey).  That's more poutine-y than this guy's breakfast version.


If you have the right fries, gravy, and cheese curd, you can add whatever else you like and technically call it poutine (though not recommended).  If you don't have those three elements correct, it doesn't matter what you do, it ain't poutine.
 
2014-05-16 12:46:34 PM  
Yet another reason to hate those Quebecois Franco-Canadistanian surrender monkeys.  They subjected us to this.
 
2014-05-16 12:47:09 PM  

unyon: TuteTibiImperes: Tellingthem: Really? We've had popular variations here for ages. Cheese fries, Chili cheese fries, carna-asada fries, gravy fries, etc. Putting stuff on fries is hardly new.

"the breakfast poutine -- topped with bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and served with a side of maple syrup "

But i guess simply putting stuff on fries and calling that "Poutine" is.

There's a BBQ place nearby that serves fries with sausage gravey ( the same kind as you'd use for biscuits and gravey).  That's more poutine-y than this guy's breakfast version.

If you have the right fries, gravy, and cheese curd, you can add whatever else you like and technically call it poutine (though not recommended).  If you don't have those three elements correct, it doesn't matter what you do, it ain't poutine.


There was a place in BC that used chicken gravy and aged sharp cheddar.  Not good.
 
2014-05-16 12:47:45 PM  
interesting people get all excited over cheese fries and gravy when they call it something french
 
2014-05-16 12:48:50 PM  
Just do yourself a favor and check what your healthcare coverage actually pays for in post Heart-Attack rehab.

A few people 'switched' their healthcare this year to what they thought was a good cheap plan.   But it doesn't cover near as much as they thought.    We get a few calls from people wanting to switch back.

Heart attack....
 
2014-05-16 12:49:31 PM  

ds_4815: unyon: Notabunny: I've never had Poutine. That's a white people gravy thing, right? So it's kinda like chicken tikka masala, but with potatoes? I'll bet it's yummy as all get out.

I place I frequent does a butter chicken poutine (technically a chicken tikka makhani, but largely the same dish as tikka masala).

So fries, butter chicken, and cheese curds.  It's ridiculously tasty.  You can feel your arteries hardening as you eat it.

Fox and Fiddle? Went there for the first time this week, had Korean BBQ pulled pork poutine, but a friend got the butter chicken one... had never seen it anywhere else prior.

Also, my ranked order of fast-food poutine if you dare to try such things:

1) A&W

2) Wendy's

100) KFC

∞) McDonald's


On my way home from work, I pass by an A&W/KFC combo drive-through, and across the street is a Wendy's and MickyD's . Theoretically, I should have died 10 years ago. Zombie 'Bunny!
 
2014-05-16 12:51:23 PM  

ds_4815: unyon: Notabunny: I've never had Poutine. That's a white people gravy thing, right? So it's kinda like chicken tikka masala, but with potatoes? I'll bet it's yummy as all get out.

I place I frequent does a butter chicken poutine (technically a chicken tikka makhani, but largely the same dish as tikka masala).

So fries, butter chicken, and cheese curds.  It's ridiculously tasty.  You can feel your arteries hardening as you eat it.

Fox and Fiddle? Went there for the first time this week, had Korean BBQ pulled pork poutine, but a friend got the butter chicken one... had never seen it anywhere else prior.

Also, my ranked order of fast-food poutine if you dare to try such things:

1) A&W

2) Wendy's

100) KFC

∞) McDonald's


I've found that for fast food, New York Fries does respectable poutine.

Other than that, poutine's a fad? What the fark?

Next people will be saying that drinking beer while watching the game is a fad.
 
2014-05-16 12:51:24 PM  
Disco Fries or death!!
 
2014-05-16 12:51:52 PM  
If I'm going to get my balls blown off for a word, that word isn't "poutine".

3.bp.blogspot.com

(clicks link) though that does look tasty.
 
2014-05-16 12:52:00 PM  
Smoke's Poutinerie is the only chain poutine place where I live. The bacon double cheeseburger poutine is to die for...
 
2014-05-16 12:52:46 PM  
Poutine is overrated. True poutine is a rarity.

/Canadian
// 1/2 french
 
2014-05-16 12:52:48 PM  

unyon: Tellingthem: Really? We've had popular variations here for ages. Cheese fries, Chili cheese fries, carna-asada fries, gravy fries, etc. Putting stuff on fries is hardly new.

"the breakfast poutine -- topped with bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and served with a side of maple syrup "

But i guess simply putting stuff on fries and calling that "Poutine" is.

None of those things is poutine, and the reason it hasn't caught on fully is that Americans for some reason seem incapable of figuring that out.  I get that on paper it looks like any old fries and cheese and gravy would work.  But it's like saying a hamburger is essentially a steak because they're both beef.

  The fries you have down- but poutine is really about both the gravy and the cheese curd.  The gravy must be a beef gravy or derivative- Chicken stock can be used in up to a third to take a bit of beef edge off.  It's usually *slightly* thinner than the gravy you'd have with a pot roast and mashed potatoes- the viscosity needs to be such that it both clings to the fries, but also flows through and permeates all fry and cheese surfaces, since it is a secondary heat conduit for the cheese curds.

But here is where you are grossly mistaken- substituting cheddar or mozza or whatever other abortive american cheese product you want is simply not the same effect as cheese curds.  While technically cheddar, they behave much closer to what a fresher mozzarella would.

They are heated only by the fries and gravy themselves- therefore they become trapped in a state between being both solid cheese bombs, and stringy cheese clingons.  Because they are of widely varying size, and will become trapped at different temperatures in the poutine, you'll get a range of textures from the cheese, between firm and squeaky to gooey and stringy.

Once we get poutine out of the way, we're going to introduce you to the broad spectrum of bacon that you also seem to not grasp.


You might want to tell the restaurant that. They are the putting stuff on fries and calling it poutine. Like I said we have a long history of putting toppings on french fries. But I don't consider chili-cheese fires poutine, same as putting eggs, bacon, and sausage of fries poutine. But whatever. I'm sure the restaurant will make tons of money and will start the new "trend"
 
2014-05-16 12:53:29 PM  
Poutine sounds awesome in theory but every time I've had it it's been a big disappointment. The gravy seems like it's out of a big can, the curds are just lumps of tasteless white nothing. The fries are flaccid.

And that's in a country where they allegedly care about poutine.
 
2014-05-16 12:56:00 PM  

cgraves67: I'd like to try Poutine some time. I wonder if they serve it in northern Wisconsin, which I will visit soon.


They do but stick with the fried cheese curds.
 
2014-05-16 12:56:45 PM  

unyon: Once we get poutine out of the way, we're going to introduce you to the broad spectrum of bacon that you also seem to not grasp.


No poutine I've had in Montreal, Toronto or Ottawa has ever been the thing you're describing. It's been blah at best.

And you're wrong, bordering on international incident, about our bacon. You just can't buy the good stuff at Shaw's.
 
2014-05-16 12:57:17 PM  

brap: Poutine is great comfort food if:

A) It is completely freaking freezing outside
B) You are doing some seriously heavy physical labor
C) You are a fat thespian that is in the "bulking" stage for your Community Theater's Production of "Raging Bull."


Drunk or hungover trumps all those. The majority of people only eat poutine if they are intoxicated.
 
2014-05-16 12:57:34 PM  
Having been raised on Southern food (New Orleans to be exact), IMO Canadian gravy is nothing special at all.
 
2014-05-16 12:59:05 PM  
what a putin overlord might look like:
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2014-05-16 12:59:18 PM  
ds_4815:Fox and Fiddle? Went there for the first time this week, had Korean BBQ pulled pork poutine, but a friend got the butter chicken one... had never seen it anywhere else prior.

No, Rose and Crown in Calgary.  It's off menu, but since both butter chicken and poutine are on-menu, it's easy for them.

Also, my ranked order of fast-food poutine if you dare to try such things:

1) A&W

2) Wendy's

100) KFC

∞) McDonald's


I don't actually have a problem with many fast food poutines.  they always get the fries right, and provided they're using the right cheese (which all of these are), then they're ok.  I would agree with A & W being the best of the bunch you listed, but I would put New York Fries' version above that.  I've only had KFC and Wendy's once, both were fine.  I didn't know you could get a poutine at McDonalds.

Cyberluddite:

Calories 1,065
Total Fat 57 g
Saturated Fat 15 g
Total Carbs 112 g
Sodium 1,485 mg
Cholesterol 68 mg

As fat as Americans are now, imagine how fat we would be if poutine were as common in the U.S. as it is in some parts of Canuckistan. I'm sure the makers of LipitorTM would be thrilled if that happened, though.


Let's get this out of the way- There's nothing, not a single thing, about poutine that is good for you.  It is starch with fat and salt, and entirely too much of all three of those things than a human should ingest.  It's only redeeming feature is that it is uncompromisingly delicious.  It's Canadian soul food.
 
2014-05-16 01:00:41 PM  

kindms: interesting people get all excited over cheese fries and gravy when they call it something french


Interesting that people that haven't tried it can't figure out why it's not just cheese fries and gravy.
 
2014-05-16 01:01:16 PM  
Whatever you want to put on your poutine, make sure you pronounce it properly. Poutine is pronounced as if you were saying "poo-tin", not "poo-teen". I work with a woman who grew up in Montreal, and I have learned the hard way to say it properly!
 
2014-05-16 01:01:34 PM  
Tellingthem:

You might want to tell the restaurant that.

This particular restaurant is actually a Canadian chain - they do have the basic poutine, and the gravy and curds are exactly as unyon described on all the other versions that I have tried (haven't tried them all, of course).
 
2014-05-16 01:01:58 PM  

flucto: Poutine sounds awesome in theory but every time I've had it it's been a big disappointment. The gravy seems like it's out of a big can, the curds are just lumps of tasteless white nothing. The fries are flaccid.

And that's in a country where they allegedly care about poutine.



Try One Federal in Saint Albans.
Granted the Poutine there is six bucks, but you probably won't have to show a passport to get some.
 
2014-05-16 01:03:05 PM  

johnnyboog: Drunk or hungover trumps all those. The majority of people only eat poutine if they are intoxicated.


Agreed.  My point was that it's really nothing special.  More of a serviceable "fill my freaking gut" food.
 
2014-05-16 01:04:03 PM  
The Canadian chef on the Food Channel makes it with lobster meat. Looks good to me.
 
2014-05-16 01:05:04 PM  

unyon: We have a Big Cheese in Calgary, and a Smokes, along with dozens of other places that deal in poutine.

I will say this:  for all of the nacho and breakfast and perogy and what-have-you poutines, there isn't yet anything that bests the original fries, poutine gravy, and squeaky fresh cheese curds.  The only possible- POSSIBLE- addition that might be considered a reasonable accoutrement is montreal smoked meat.


Oh yeah. Poutine with smoked meat is epic. Also the last thing you'll be able to eat for at least 16 hours.
 
2014-05-16 01:05:41 PM  
I've never had it, but I'd like to try it once. Especially the one I saw on some cooking show, where they cooked the french fries in duck fat.
 
2014-05-16 01:07:59 PM  

flucto: Poutine sounds awesome in theory but every time I've had it it's been a big disappointment. The gravy seems like it's out of a big can, the curds are just lumps of tasteless white nothing. The fries are flaccid.

And that's in a country where they allegedly care about poutine.


Well, remember that there are people who actually willingly buy Spaghettio's, so, you can't account for people's taste.
 
2014-05-16 01:08:17 PM  

vudukungfu: Try One Federal in Saint Albans.
Granted the Poutine there is six bucks, but you probably won't have to show a passport to get some.


Thanks, will try it. I'd drive an hour for that.
 
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