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Second Thai stop in my global quest for exotic poutine;Bangkok!

Like a lot of you already know, poutinewar certainly doesn’t have the scoop on this story, Bruno Blanchet (a famous Québécois comedian) started a poutine stand on the streets ofBangkok.

I have to admit that I was fairly sceptic about the quality of the poutine of this place. My expectations were very low and I must say that I wasn’t very excited at the prospect of eating a poutine inBangkok. The one in Chiang Mai was quite disappointed when I look back. The temperature in the Thai capital doesn’t make one exactly crave French fries, cheese and gravy. Also, I’m what I would consider a big Thai food fan. To use up one of my meal to eat what would probably be a nasty poutine, was not an exciting prospect for me.

But what can you do. As an official poutinewar blogger, I had little choice in the matter.…

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My hunt for poutine all around the world continues. I am now in Chiang Mai, Thailand, a place that enjoys a well deserved reputation for very good food. I know this city quite well having spent quite some time here in the past. From my recollection no poutines could be found in the confinements of this town the last time that I were here, 5 years ago.

After just a few google searches I realize that things have changed. There is poutine here now!

I decided to head over right away and give it a try. The first thing I noticed when I got there is that this restaurant isn’t really the typical kind of place that would serve poutine back home.  The restaurant in question is a ‘healthy garden café’ serving fresh fruit juices, paninis with hummus, and all kinds of health boosting choices.

Baffled  by the concept I open the menu to see if indeed there is poutine to be found here. …

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Hello to all poutine lovers of the earth! I’m writing to you from the gorgeous island of Sri Lanka. I’m here vacationing, getting away from the Canadian winter blues during the holiday season.

As a serious poutine lover, ever since I arrived in Colombo I’ve been seeking out whether or not poutine exists in this island nation. After many leads, I can positively say that poutine as we know it DOES NOT exist in Sri Lanka. That’s a hard fact that cannot be disputed, folks.

But not all is lost, carb lovers. Even though poutine isn’t found here there is a sort of Sri Lankan poutine,  a sort of Sub continent reincarnation of poutine.

I present to you the KOTTU!

Made with chopped up homemade bread ( instead of potatoes),  cheese  (of the Laughing Cow variety) and a spicy meat gravy, the resemblance is striking. Just like poutine there are countless ways you can personalize your Kottu: Fried chicken can be added, vegetables, water buffalo meat, eggs…

On my first day in Sri Lanka we went out and tried Kottu.…

Radio

Last week poutinewar was invited for a radio interview at Radio-Canada for a show called Medium-Large. I don’t get the name of that show; Choose a size, to begin with!

Anyways, it’s a fairly popular radio show in the morning that I had listened to a few times and enjoyed quite a bit.

We were invited to talk about why poutine was becoming popular in Toronto, Canada and to a larger extent, the rest of the world. They wanted to explore the feeling that Québécois had about people from Canada taking ownership of the poutine. The subject was intriguing and fun so we decided to go for it. We also have a ‘’never say no to media policy’’.

The night before the interview I prepared myself and read as much as I could on the subject so I wouldn’t sound TOO dumb. It’s Radio-Canada, you want to sound like you know what you’re talking about.…

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Crinkle cut fries; what’s the deal with them? How did this thing start anyways? Is there a mad scientist/potato farmer behind this thing? Perhaps it’s the same one that came up with seedless water melons.

Regardless of how they manage to get the patented waviness in these fries, these guys can create quite a stir on a menu.

I’ve got to thinking about all this when, a few weeks ago, we were talking with the owner of Restaurant Chez Princesse, a serious Poutine place near Plessisville. She dropped a bombshell on us; Crinkle cut poutine sells more than regular poutine. To me this seemed inconceivable. Poutine fans are usually thought of as staunch traditionalists who do not stray vey far from the original recipe.

Since the initial shock of hearing this fact, this story has been told to us time and time by poutine restaurant owners: Crinkle cut fries are way more popular than regular cut fries, no contest.…

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