Talking A-BOOT that french fries, gravy, and cheese curds. Haha, Canadians pronounce "about" like "a-boot". So hilarious. So funny.
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Sometime in the early 12th century, someone from Quebec got totally hammered, probably on Labatt 50, and realized that combining French fries, cheese curds, and gravy is really delicious.
This is known as the "poutine" -- a cornerstone of traditional Canadian cuisine, along with Beavertail pastries… um… maple syrup, maple syrup candies, um… hot dogs?... hamburgers, Wendy’s hamburgers… chicken wings… oh, White Spot definitely… waffles?... I think waffles… and Big Macs. All these constitute fine Canadian cuisine.
This is what a poutine looks like:
Looks boss, eh!
This is usually who is serving it to you:
"Eh, fought da guy at da bar last night -- he wuz twice mah beeg, three times mah heavy! One Canada, one GE-BEQUE."
You're eating it with your wasted friends who all look like this:
Where'd you get that banana, guy! Looks sweet.
The basic poutine consists of three ingredients: French fries -- a thicker, crispy kind of French fry -- a light gravy sauce -- turkey or chicken gravy usually -- and cheese curds. Ideally, you’ve fortified your stomach with about 40 beers before ingesting the poutine because that’s when it tastes the best. It’s supposed to be nice and salty -- a delicious little bastard going down and then when you barf it back up about 20 minutes later, it’s supposed to taste like barfing up thermal winter socks.
It’s supposed to taste like barfing these up:
Anyways, over at Masse
they offer poutine and it’s quite delicious. It looks like this:
The traditional spread at a redneck Canadian funeral.
The French fries are thick and crispy and they use a nice mushroom gravy, which is light, smooth, and salty. Very good gravy. As for cheese curds... Bummer. Meiyou. They don’t have. No cheese curds. They’re using grated mozzarella cheese, which is, admittedly, less than ideal. Although it’s not much of a stretch to serve poutine with grated cheese instead of cheese curds -- some places do it like that in Canada as well -- cheese curds would be super sweet if they could get them. But they can’t. But that’s alright. No worries. Still tastes very good. It’s still a nice poutine and, I think, the only poutine available to you in Shanghai. It’s only 25rmb, and portion-wise, that’s about a medium-size cup serving. Very good. Go eat it.
Here’s the thing: every Thursday at Masse
they have specials on their Canadian stuff. 25rmb Moosehead beer, 25rmb Canadian Clubs, 25rmb poutine. Yeah, that’s pretty good. If you’re Canadian and feeling a little home sick, that sorts you out right there. If you’re not Canadian but are interested in Canadian cuisine and culture, it’s basically a bunch of bros getting smashed on CC, eating poutine, and playing Golden Tee. Maybe some darts. EHHHHH.
Feel free to partake in this noble tradition Thursdays at Masse.
Masse's poutine is 25rmb for a serving. Available all the time, but its off-menu so you have to ask for it. Thursdays they do specials on Canadian drinks -- Moosehead and CC are 25rmb.