First, the history:
“Poutine” is a culinary delicacy created by some hammered genius Quebecois person in like the 9th Century or something. This Braveheart-level hammered genius wizard prophet Quebecois person realized a truism that still holds the fabric of Canadian society together today: french fries, gravy, and cheese curds, all together in a pile, is some righteous shit.
This is a poutine:
You eat it after consuming all of these:
With guys that look like this:
While listening to this:
And wistfully recalling this:
And after alllll that culture — after all that glorious, shimmering Canadian culture — when you barf it back up again it tastes like these:
Thermal winter socks. I don’t know why. But it does. It's like barfing up a solid. A thick-gauge wool solid.
Whadya swallow a friggin Mark's Work Warehouse, eh buddy!
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. There's a few accepted variations; an "Italian" version is pretty common in Canada. And everyone's got their own way to do the fries and gravy. But you need the curds. Which brings us to the one drawback of Shake's Poutine Pop-Up.
They don't have the curds.
That's a bummer, man. There's no denying that, buddy. That's a harsh buzz. No curds. They're just really hard to get in China, I guess? We've got like 9 million French and Italian cheese places around town but no damn curds? In friggin Canada, you can buy a friggin personal bag of friggin cheese curds at the local frigging Max's Milk, right at the friggin register. Just friggin street curds to shove in your friggin face, like a friggin champion!
All the same, I'm going to still throw my recommendation behind this poutine at Shake, and yeah I'll go ahead and speak for the Canadian government as well on the matter, and recommend it on their behalf. Look at this lil' bit of lovely.
Smoked teriyaki beef lounge
Foie Gras and black truffle cheese
Oooof yeah. Don't get knuckles like dat from playing' da piana!
Shake's celebrated Chef Danyi is newly back from traveling to Quebec and she's brought a fistful of Franken-poutine recipes with her, using ingredients that would make my elderly Quebecois grandma's red wig zing off her head into the St. Laurence river.
I tried the teriyaki one and the foie gras one. Both delicious. Heavy fuel and really satisfying. Speaking to curds purists, the amount of grease on these things is just right to get a good squeak going on with the diced mozzarella they're using, all the same. (You know about the squeak...) Prices are alright too considering the fancy-schmancy ingredients. 78rmb for one. 150rmb for three. Portions are fine too. I could pack away maybe two orders of these things before passing out on the couch with Trailer Park Boys blasting in the background.
A hong shao rou poutine! Boggles the mind. Canada: What a real melting pot of a country!
Oh wait, that's... some other place.
Shake's Poutine Pop-Up starts at 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday. This weekend, they've also got a new singer Courtney Knott kicking off her performance residency. Welcome to the movable feast, Ms. Knott.