Poutine of Canada and Some Countries National Dishes ~ Kwentology

What is Poutine?

Image of Poutine from Canada

A basic poutine (pooh-teen), is a plate of French fries mixed with fresh cheese curds and then smothered with brown gravy. Poutine, which is French slang for "mess," got it start in rural Quebec, Canada, about 50 years ago. Later it spread to other parts of Canada and today is a national dish.

The key to a tasty poutine is cheese curds, the fresher the better. Curds are the solid parts of milk that have been soured during the cheese-making process. Cheese curds squeak when you bite into them. The louder the squeak, the fresher the curds.

Poutine is high in calories, fat, and salt. It definitely isn't meant to be eaten all the time. A side dish of the stuff can contain as much as 750 calories and 41 grams of fat.
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If you go to a Burger King or a McDonald's in Canada, you'll most likely find poutine on the menu.


Some More National Dishes

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Borscht: Ukraine

Considered a meal in itself, borscht is a hearty beet soup. Some versions are so thick that a spoon can stand upright in the bowl. Borscht contains beets, but each region in the Ukraine adds something to basic soup. For instance, in Kiev, cooks add lamb and mushrooms. Elsewhere potatoes or squash and apples might thicken the broth.

Image of Haggis from Scotland

Haggis: Scotland

Take the heart, liver, and lungs of a sheep, cut them into tiny bits, combine that with onions, oatmeal, stock, and spices, and simmer everything in the lining from a sheep's stomach for several hours. That's haggis, a pudding that is usually served with "neeps and tatties," or mashed turnips and potatoes.

Image of Adobo from Philippines

Adobo: Philippines

Filipinos cook meat in vinegar to keep it fresh in the tropical climate. So it's not surprise that the national dish is a meat stew marinated and cooked in a vinegary broth.

Image of Kimchi from Korea

Kimchi: Korea

In Korea, kimchi, a pickled, fermented vegetable dish, is traditionally made from cabbage. It is eaten as a side dish with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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