Belgian Fries

Can’t do Canada without a heaping pile of poutine, right? I have to say, I was a little apprehensive. But when in Rome, do as the Romans.

My friends took me to Belgian Fries, a little shop on Commercial Drive that specializes in this stuff. And yes, apparently there’s a big difference between “French” fries and “Belgian” fries, and the website describes what that difference is in great detail, leaving no doubt as to which of these is the superior (*ahem* Belgian).

Here’s the pic I took of my poutine, the classic sort with just the cheese curds and gravy. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised! I thought it was going to be TOO MUCH, but this was the good sort of indulgence. You definitely feel very guilty afterward, but this version was not too greasy and didn’t sit very heavy as you might expect.

We also got the battered fish, to round off this “fish & chips” lunch:

Oooh…look at that river of oil. XD

And here’s another pic of the poutine, close up, so you can see the nice chunks of cheese curd:

Further down Commercial Drive, I spotted this shop and had to take a picture. It’s actually a clothing boutique, and has nothing to do with Ina Garten (host of Foot Network’s Barefoot Contessa). I found it rather amusing. X)

Are the cheese curds on top of the poutine sharp or mild? Ever since one of my co-workers decided to go on a poutine hunt in DC, I’ve been itching to try it. I had the idea that maybe I could attempt a semi-reasonable facsimile with steak fries, gravy and those cheese curds you can get at Trader Joe’s. They’re fairly mild curds and weren’t to my liking when eating them straight (give me sharp cheese any day!) but maybe they’d work in a mockup of poutine…

You know, it’s been almost a year, so I hardly remember! XD;;; *fail* I don’t recall it being too sharp.

Let me know how your experiment goes!


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