May 06, 2006 | | Comments 17

Poutine from New York Fries

Suanne and I had some time to kill in Burnaby. So we decided to walk over to the new Metrotown Food Court to grab a quick bite. We are not really hungry but then it sure beats walking around that big mall with really nothing to buy or see.

For us, one the best place for fries is New York Fries (NYF). They have stores in many of the major shopping malls and they serve nothing but fries. Although it’s named after New York, NYF is actually a Canadian company based in Ontario.

We got ourselves a regular serving of Poutine which costs $5.02 (includes taxes).

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Puotine is pronounced as poo-tsin and originates from rural Quebec. It is a popular meal consisting of french fries topped with fresh cheese curds and covered with hot gravy. The curds’ freshness is most important as it makes them soft in the warm fries, without completely melting.

NYF fries is always made fresh and is cut with skin on. That gives it a darker texture, quite unlike McD’s golden french fries. Their fries, just by itself, is mouth watering to us. And to add the cheese curd and hot gravy, it’s simply perfect.

We have this habit of starting off by picking up each string and pull the melted cheese curd out along. The cheese curd is very stretchy and quite fun twirling it around the fries.

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The bottom part is all sticky and gooey. You really need to eat with a fork.

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I understand that Poutine is hardly served outside of Canada. Have you eaten Poutine outside of Canada? Let me know.

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  1. Candy says:

    They have it at the Terrace Chippy in Douglas. But they don’t call it poutine…it’s just chips with cheese and gravy.

  2. threecollie says:

    Happened upon your blog before breakfast and now I am starving. Great pictures and descriptions!

  3. kat says:

    Never seen them before, but I’ll keep my eyes open to see if I’ll ever see them (chances are not likely though…)

    but just thinking of fries with cheese and hot gravy already feels delicious… :P

  4. shirley says:

    Oh wow, I’m starving now! I’ve had cheese & gravy fries before in diners, but your description of Poutine sounds much better. I’m addicted to Pommes Frites in New York. Just fresh, hot and potatoey with salt & sweet vinegar – droool!!

  5. txsoapmom43 says:

    I’ve never heard of that before. Well if I’m ever in New York, I’ll give them a try.

  6. Rosa says:

    I’ve never heard of yours before either. My favorite are “boardwalk” fries (because they are usually sold at the sea shore’s boardwalks on the East coast.) They are usually fried in peanut oil until slightly crispy. They are salted and you then add vinegar to them with ketchup. Yum. The best! But yours sound good too. Is there such a thing as a bad French fry?

  7. Ben says:

    Hi All: It makes me hungry reading our own blog too! :-) And you’re right, Rosa, there is no such thing as a bad french fry. Poutine is really big in eastern Canada and not as popular in western Canada.

  8. amanda says:

    My god… you have just hit a sweet spot for me. i grew up on the east coast (of the u.s.) then moved to the south. now i live in california and I am a total addict to good french fries. I just haven’t found a place out here yet. I love boardwalk fries with vinegar and salt, and fries with gravy, and cheeze fries, and fries with all sorts of dipping sauces! It is simply wrong that i happened across this post tonight! It’s now late and i’ve got a craving for frites…btw…Great Blog!

  9. Slow-Jo says:

    looking pretty good! nice angle and over all shot!
    actually the people of the western part of Canada ADORE these thing, trust me i work at a KFC and i get asked for them all the time!

  10. shoroni says:

    why is poutine not available outside canada.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

    one thing i miss abt canada is that.;(..i cant travel half way across the world to have poutine..;(

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  12. Jessica says:

    Ooh, yum. Great picture. I’m hungry now. Yes, poutine IS delicious, but it’s loaded with so much fat and calories, if you eat a lot of it, you’re basically asking for a heart attack, so I think poutine’s fine once or twice a year, but it really depends on how much you eat at a time. I tend to eat at least a medium-sized bowl of it a time, so, I can’t eat poutine all the time, no matter how tempted I am.

  13. ainwa says:

    I’ve lived all over the US and I’ve never seen anything called poutine. Chips and gravy, fries and gravy, cheese fries, or chili-cheese fries yes. But not cheese and gravy on fries, and nothing ever called poutine.

    Is there such a thing as a bad french fry? YES! Old soggy ones under the warming light too long. I also think finding a place which cuts their own potatoes is worth it.

  14. Victor says:

    I went to Mexico and i saw poutine there so i took some.

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  16. Mika says:

    The reason why you can hardly find it outside of Canada is because Poutine orignated from Canada.

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