Why do Canadians love French fries?

December 16 2014

What does a restaurant menu need to be complete? 

Some will argue the merits of fish, steak and chicken, but we all know what the real answer is - the humble French fry.

Around a third of the world's frozen French fries are made in Canada, at McCain's state-of-the-art potato processing plant in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick to be precise, while July 13th has become firmly etched in our minds as National French Fry Day.

This sees a number of fun and unique activities organised at the Potato World Museum - a must-visit location for true fans of the snack. 

From fast food joints to casual eateries, the French fry is a classic and is in no danger of going out of fashion. But can it be given a new twist? The short answer is yes, as there are plenty of ways to stand out from the crowd. 

Sauce it up
While a portion of French fries can be devoured with a simple dash of salt, restaurants are now offering an array of condiments to make the experience even more enjoyable. One such establishment is Moo Frites, which is based in Kensington Market in Downtown Toronto. The eatery offers a quite ludicrous 18 different sauce choices, ranging from pumpkin spice to peanut sauce and tandoori. What ever happened to a side order of tomato ketchup? 

Owner Ambrose Lee told Toronto Life he takes the French fry-making process quite seriously too. His frites are fried frozen to break down the water molecules, and then fried again before being served to customers. For a little extra, customers can also have the snack fried in beef tallow. Mmmmm.

Choose your fry style
The classic potato style will never go out of fashion, but that doesn't mean restaurants will stop offering different versions of the snack in an effort to capture the imagination. Whether it is fries made from carrots, bananas, sweet potato or polenta, there is plenty of scope for inspiration and innovation. 

The key here, however, is to not forget about the ultimate aim - to make something tasty. While it may seem trendy to use fruit or vegetables for a short period of time, unless these snacks taste good they'll quickly be forgotten about. 

What cut do you prefer?
Thick cut, thin cut, waffle-cut, curly or wedge, there are plenty of cut types for fans of potato snacks. Some people will prefer certain combinations, such as thick cut with a burger and French fries with a hot dog, so it really is a case of individual choice. But that's the beauty of fries!

Gourmet fast food restaurants are exploding in popularity, as diners demand tasty and affordable food. In these economically straitened times, they are not interested in going for a five star dining experience. This bodes well for French fries, as the snack is a staple part of the menu in these types of establishments. So sit back and enjoy a nice plate of French fries, with your favourite sauce of course.