Are you planning a trip to Canada soon or are you just curious about their cuisine? If you thought they have no traditional snacks or food, you might want to explore their cuisine a little more. You’re going to be surprised by the array of goodies you’ll find!
A short history
Canadian cuisine is extremely varied, depending in what region you find yourself. The first cuisines have English, Scottish and French roots at the base, since English settlers and traders immigrated in the ”new lands”. With more immigrants coming from Central, Southern and Eastern Europe, South and East Asia and the Caribbean in the 19th and 20th century, the regional cuisines were visibly changed and enriched.
What would the national food include?
According to some surveys, these would be the national food, give or take some:
– Salmon jerky
– Montreal-syle bagels
– Ketchup chips
– Maple syrup
– Butter tarts
– Wild blueberries
– Alberta beef
– Kraft dinner
The mysteries of “Poutine”
Poutine originated in Quebec and it’s made with french fries, topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce and cheese curds. If it sounds yummy to you, don’t think you can try it only in Canada, as nowadays, it can also be found in other places like the Northern United States and even in the United Kingdom (that’s right! in Europe!). You can sometimes find this dish in fast foods like McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King and others.
Now, don’t go saying no until you haven’t tried it! You may be more used to hearing about beef jerky and you would be right, as this is more spread in the U.S. – like the GoChomps.com type of jerky – but think about giving salmon a try too. You should try salmon jerky especially if you don’t like cooked salmon so much. It’s a totally different taste, salty and easy to chew.
What’s so different about this bagels, you ask? First of all, it’s handmade (not frozen, mass-produced bagels!) and wood-fired compared to other bagels that are made in gas operated ovens. Being made with wood-fire, it gives it a specific taste, just like the taste of pizza is different depending in what kind of oven it’s been baked. It’s sweet and dense and it contains malt, egg, no salt and is boiled in honey-sweetened water before being baked in the oven, where the irregular flames give it a dappled light-and-dark surface color. You will find two varieties: black-seed (poppy seed) or white-seed (sesame seed).
Well, we all know that chips come in an extremely large variety of flavors, but have you ever tried ketchup chips? They’re yummy and leave your fingers dyed red after eating a whole bag. They’re a little salty and you won’t feel only the taste of ketchup, you’ll also get the crisp of the chips. After all, don’t you sometimes put ketchup on your fries? So why not buy the combination directly in a bag!?
I guess Canada is mostly known for its maple syrup. What could be more precious than the maple trees, from which the symbol of Canada comes from? Quebec is the largest producer of maple syrup in the world, insuring approximately 75 to 80% of the supply. It’s mostly used as topping for pancakes and waffles, but its uses are varied.
Do you sometimes feel the need for something sweet when you have a long, tiring day at the office or are simply touring a city on holiday? Well, this classic Canadian dessert made with butter, sugar, syrup, eggs and filled in a buttery pastry shell is heavenly. You might sometimes find it with raisins and nuts.
Why are we mentioning wild blueberries while talking about cuisine? Canada’s most known food is not only about cooked meals. Canada is the world’s largest producer and exported of wild blueberries or „lowbush blueberries”. So you might want to look again where your blueberries come from!
Alberta’s beef is known not only in Canada, but also in the U.S. as being among the best. It is the cattle capital of Canada and it has the fourth largest cattle herd in North America, following Texas, Kansas and Nebraska.
Yes, this actually comes from Canada! Also known as Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, it is a packaged dry macaroni and cheese mix. Now, you can also have it as a single-serving, ready to pop in the microwave and enjoy it.
Tourtiere is a traditional spiced and savoury meat pie from Quebec, made with diced or ground pork, veal, or beef. This pie is usually made around Christmas time, but it can be eaten all year round.
Hoping to have awakened your curiosity a little about Canada’s traditional dishes and here’s to wishing you many delicious meals!