Most countries call a whole list of dishes uniquely their own. Dishes that are directly associated with their nationality. Let’s have a look at Italy for example, a country that has countless signature dishes like Pizza, Pasta or Gelato. France stands for Croissants, Coq aux Vin and Ratatouille and my beloved home country Germany proudly calls Sauerkraut, Currywurst and Lebkuchen their own. But what about Canada?
It’s a difficult topic. No one wants to admit that there is no such thing as typically Canadian Cuisine and that the dish that comes closest actually sounds pretty gross. Poutine. Fries topped with gravy and cheese. A dish that should only be eaten by teenagers with a crazy metabolism or extremely hungover.
So I went and did some research and came across the following food gems that are truly Canadian and should be promoted to become know as the national cuisine.
These delicious sea creatures are so well-loved, there even is a Spot Prawn Festival. If prawns are not your thing, there are amazing local oysters and mussels too! I personally am a big advocate of the Salt Spring Island mussel.
This Canadian candy is a staple at winter markets and fairs. The fresh made lollipop is a sugary treat that is fun to watch being made and sticky to eat. Watch those gloves, it can get messy!
The California roll should be called the Vancouver roll, because it was invented here. Vancouver has amazing sushi restaurants and that’s mainly because of the guilt-free fish we have access to: Sockeye Salmon, Albacore Tuna,…
As a German, Mexican food to me was synonymous to heavy, cheesy dishes with a slop of sour cream on the side. Now I know that this is far from the truth. Tacofino, a local restaurant and foodcart success story, takes it to the next level and combines Westcoast cuisine and Mexican traditions: The Tuna Taco is a piece of heaven. Mango Salsa, Tuna and Seaweed. Yum!
A sweet fish dish. This is definitely unique and actually quite tasty, although the smell is a bit repelling. Think cat food.
Maple Bacon Donut
Put bacon on it and it’s Canadian. Donuts are a big thing here, but glazed in a maple sugar coating and topped with a piece of bacon takes you to a completely different level of indulgence. One of the best maple bacon donuts I have found is in Deep Cove at Honey’s Doughnuts.
You are not Canadian if you have never had a Caesar. This drink is definitely a national treasure. I don’t like Bloody Mary’s but I love a Caesar at the seaside. Sometimes garnished with only a bean, sometimes with a whole chicken wing or bacon, this libation is half food half drink and a true speciality that you have to try at least once!
Coconut and chocolate – how can you go wrong? This classic dessert is a favourite amongst kids and adults alike, right up there with rice crispy squares.
I am Bavarian and know my sausage. Canadian wurst is different! There is chicken, elk, bison, pork, turkey and beef combined with apple, blueberries and other fun flavours that you could never find in Germany. Germans love their purity laws but they are missing out on something. Because this is delicious!