Controversial, Quintessential Cuisine
To an outsider, debates about poutine are unexpected and bizarre. Isn’t poutine just cheese curds and French Fries topped with gravy? Traditionalists would say yes—and they’d add it’s a symbol of Québécois culture. But modernists argue that poutine is a classification of dish, like a soup or a stew, and therefore infinitely variable. One thing is clear: poutine is possibly the most controversial so-called “national dish” out there.
At Toronto’s Poutine Fest, May 24th to 26th, the variations on offer will include maple chili chicken, lobster-bacon, and Thai chicken. Sacrilege or genius? You be the judge.