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Beyond Poutine: 5 Québécois Dishes You Need To Try ASAP

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Anyone who’s been to Quebec knows all about the magical combination of french fries, cheese curds, and gravy that is poutine. By now, you can get a more or less authentic version of the dish anywhere in the country (although it’s impossible to beat French Canada’s perfect curds). Of course, there’s far more to Quebec cuisine than our beloved poutine.

Here are five more dishes to try on your next trip to La Belle Province.

Pouding Chômeur

For a dessert called Poor Man’s Pudding, this dish is actually pretty rich. Pouding chômeur is made with (duh) a tonne of Quebec’s world-renowned maple syrup which is used to drown a typical butter, flour, eggs, and milk cake batter right before it goes into the oven to be baked. The pudding was invented during the Depression but it’s still extremely popular today — you’re as likely to find it at a fast food chain like St-Hubert as you are in a more upscale restaurant.

 

Creton

Call it meat jam or call it pate, this delicious side dish accompanies your typical Quebecois breakfast and can be spread on toast and eaten with fried eggs, sausage, and fèves au lard (brown beans in fat and maple syrup). Creton is mainly ground pork but also adds onions, garlic, and shallots in the mix and it’s not to be confused with another pork-based breakfast side dish, oreilles de crisse — crispy pieces of pork deep-fried and best enjoyed with even more maple syrup.

 

Tire sur la Neige

You’ll have to wait until spring for this one but as soon as the sap starts to flow, line up for tire sur la neige — fresh-from-the-tree maple syrup that’s boiled and poured over fresh snow before being rolled up onto a stick like nature’s own lollipop (only about one thousand times better). Quebec sugar shacks are the place to try this unique French Canadian treat.

 

A Montreal Bagel

New York, we love you but your bagels are bringing us down. Why are they so full of air? Where’s the chew factor? What’s up with the dryness? Montreal’s bagel game is unrivalled (in our humble Canadian opinion) so make sure you eat at least a half dozen honey-boiled St-Viateur, Beaubien, or Fairmont bagels any and every time you’re in the city.

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Pets de Soeur

For the name alone, we implore you, try Pets de Soeur at least once, si-vous-plait. These brown-sugar-and-butter-heavy pastries look a little bit like rugelach or pinwheel cookies. Sometimes they come baked into an (even more sugary) pie or cake. They are as delicious as the name is deliciously funny and irreverent: ‘Pets de Soeur’ translated into English references nuns and flatulence. Enough said.

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