Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Poutine Glacée : an unexpected frozen treat

Some of you might know what a poutine is.

Some of you might know that it's traditional, French-Canadian food, ideally consumed after 3am, as it's "heart-attack in a plate" effect tend to cure the next morning hangover.

Some of you might know that I can't survive without it. (I'm also known to make some with some estranged ingredients when traveling, and therefore unable to find the precise components of the dish).

So there's the big picture: some perfectly done fries, salty ultra-fresh cheddar curds and a light, ideally peppery, beef gravy. Mostly found in the Province of Québec, the meal is starting to appears on menus all around the world (well, places where you can find immigrants from Québec ;) Check out Mapoutine.ca for reviews of poutines all around the world, factoids and origins of poutine.

There's 2 kind of poutine lovers: those who likes Ashton's, and well... those who don't like Ashton's. I'm personnally right in the middle, having lived in Québec City for a long time, but I'm now discovering the wonders of Montréal's poutine. So far, my favorites are La Banquise (a staple of Montreal's nightlife, open 24h a day,featuring over 12 different kinds of poutines) and Patati-Patata (a small, colorful corner-shop, where you can get a poutine, a burger and a beer for less than 7$). Banquise's poutine are biiiiig, with a mid-sized fries and litterally smothered with a mid-thick gravy (and topped with whatever comes with the one you ordered... my fave being the Kamikaze, which comes with hot pepper), and Patati-Patata's is relatively small (think side-dish), with a very small, stick-type fries, with a light-gravy and really small cheese-curds. Check out this segment of No Reservations featuring La Banquise (around 8:10), and of course, Anthony Bourdaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaain. (Aaaaah!)

I've been eating poutine literally since I could eat solid food... however never more than once every 2 or 3 weeks, cause after all, it's a quite heavy dish.

To that day, I'd never seen a Poutine Glacée (Frozen Poutine). But there it was, taunting me on the Menu of Coco Maboule (a Montreal based ice cream chain featuring traditional soft and hard serve, and especially their low-fat, low-sugar ice-cream).

As gross as it sound, I could absolutely not resist.

So on a very sunny and hot day (yes, you can find some of those in Québec), we went on an urban excursion to go try the strange treat.

The word that can be used to describe the overall experience is definitely Peculiar. From ordering it to an unhappy, reluctant waitress, to the stale condition of most of the components.

The dessert is made out of a quite big serving of soft serve ice cream, with chocolate wafers cookies (the fries), topped with tiny marshmallow and caramel popcorn (the cheddar curds) and caramel syrup (the sauce).

I doubt I will ever reiterate the experience, but it made for a lot of laughs and weird (nonetheless quite tasty) memories.

1 comment:

m3lang3 said...

Hmm. Part of me wants to try that next spring, but that much soft-serve ice cream... Not sure I could stomach it.