Poutine (poo-teen to anglophones, puh-tsin to francophones) originated in Quebec but has become Canada's best-known comfort food. It consists of thick-cut fries topped with fresh cheese curds and hot gravy.
The cheese is key. Simply grating cheese on fries and adding gravy does not make poutine. Cheese curds must be used and they should be fresh and soft enough to start to melt under the hot gravy.
There are many places to eat poutine in Vancouver but the best poutine is found at Fritz (don't even try to tell me that La Belle Patate makes better poutine or I will fight you. I am married to a Québécois. We are passionate about our poutine.)
No trip to Canada is complete without sampling our national dish.
(Photo from fritzeuropeanfryhouse.com)