While people describing me, one of the words which you can hear the most is a ”traveler”. The reason is simple-I love to explore the world. One of the things I definitely do during my trips is tasting country’s national cuisine. I believe one of the ways to experience the country is by its smell, taste and colors.
I was in Canada a couple of months ago and honestly, I was astonished by what this country gives to the world of food. If you want to taste this amazing place, you should definitely try these typical Canadian meals.
1. Montreal smoked meat:
This is probably the most popular dish in Canada not only among the locals but also among the tourist visiting the country every year. Montreal-style smoked meat is a type of meat product made by salting and curing beef brisket with spices. The brisket is allowed to absorb the flavors over a week, and is then hot smoked to cook through, and finally steamed to completion. One of the places you can taste it is Jarry Smoked Meat Restaurant in Montreal. The prices are pretty reasonable and the atmosphere is casual and friendly. In my opinion this is the best place to meet some friends on a cozy dinner with an absolutely delicious food and a glass of red wine.
2. Pâté Chinois:
This meat is a French-Canadian dish pretty similar to shepherd’s pie. However, Canadians has put a slightly different name – Pâté Chinois. Strange as it sounds, Pâté Chinois is not a Chinese recipe. I was curious to know from where this dish is actually coming from but its history is still unsure. One possible explanation for the Chinese reference is that it was introduced to Canadian railway workers by Chinese cooks during the building of the North American railroads in the late 19th century. These cooks made it under instruction from the railway bosses (of British origin) as an easily prepared, inexpensive version of the popular cottage pie, with the sauce in the tinned creamed corn serving as a substitute for the gravy. It is made from layered ground beef (sometimes mixed with sautéed diced onions) on the bottom layer, canned corn (either whole-kernel, creamed, or a mix) for the middle layer, and mashed potatoes on top. There are a lot of variations, which include sprinkling paprika on top of the potatoes, or serving the dish with pickled eggs or beets. Pâté Chinois is one of the dishes I have not tried before but for sure something I would eat regularly. I loved it because this is a good, old-fashioned comfort food, and given how basic it is, it’s hard to screw up.
3. Montreal bagels:
I tried different types of bagels during my numerous trips around Europe but in Canada I had the chance to taste a different type of bagels. Originally, the bagels were brought to North America by Jewish immigrants from Poland and other Eastern European countries; the differences in texture and taste reflect the style of the particular area in Poland in which the immigrant bakers learned their trade. What makes Montreal bagels different from their European buddies, for example, is the fact that in many Montreal establishments, bagels are still produced by hand and baked in full view of the patrons. This gives unique taste and form of every bite.
Why Canadians love it? Well, the traditions of making bagels ensure people are getting a quality, hand-crafted disc of dough every time.