If you love to taste and try new and exciting foods, you may have enjoyed reading up on my Ice Cube Junkie site. I have packed it full of light hearted diary entries about all things edible which I love to eat here in Canada. But what is considered the most popular Canadian dish?

According to the former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark, ‘Canada has a cuisine of cuisines. Not a stew pot, but a smorgasbord’. The cuisine will vary depending on which region of the country you are in. However, its main routes trace back to British and French cuisine, as a result of immigration in the 18th to 19th century. There are also some Chinese and Eastern European influences, such as Ginger Beef, which is found in Western Canada . If your weekend breakfast treat is to lay in bed, playing Party Poker, with a pile of home-made pancakes with lashings of maple syrup, did you know that Canada is in fact the syrup capital of the world and produces the most amount of the sweet treat internationally? What other traditional dishes can you expect to find in Canada?


Poutine is a very popular dish in Quebec. It is a greasy fast food which consists of French fries, topped with cheese curds and covered in a meaty gravy. Other countries have taken the dish and made it their own; Mexico uses fries, guacamole, sour cream and grated cheese, whereas the Greeks enjoy shoestring fries, splashed with warm Mediterranean vinaigrette and feta cheese.


For those with a sweet tooth, the quintessential dessert of Canada is the Butter Tart. Made with butter, sugar, eggs and syrup, these ingredients combine to make a flaky sweet pastry which is molded into individual bite size cases. A sweet egg mixture is placed in the case and the dessert is baked until it produces a crunchy top. ?

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  1. simie

    Interesting info on Canadian cuisine. Thanks, MB! That pile of pancakes with maple syrup on the side is making me drool!

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