4 Must-Try Traditional Canadian Dishes

Posted on: 16 March 2016

Whether you're going to a diner, having a catering a service serve you, or simply trying your hand at one of these dishes yourself, you absolutely must try one of these traditional Canadian dishes. They run the gamut of tastes from the savory thickness of split pea soup to the sweet confectionery of a Beaver Tail. Throughout the course of this brief guide, you will learn about just a few must try traditional Canadian dishes.

Split Pea Soup

This dish is a traditional meal that hails from Quebec. Not only is it delicious, it is also incredibly savory and deeply filling. It is constructed from a base of hambone and yellow split peas, which means that its density can be overwhelming to some. Although not necessarily a rich dish, those with a light appetite should perhaps stay clear away from this meal that definitely sticks to your ribs.

Butter Tarts

This dish, however, is incredibly rich. This pastry looks a lot like shortbread and is jam packed with a number of sweets that are sure to make your mouth water, including eggs, butter, syrup, and sugar. There are some variations on this theme, with some bakers adding their own little touches to the ingredient list, like pecans, raisins, or even chocolate chips. This dish is as filling as it is able to satiate your hunger for sweetness.

Beaver Tails

Another dish that is both filling and sweet. This dish is a relatively new addition to the Canadian food lexicon; it was developed in Ottawa in the early 1980s. It is created by hand stretching a pastry into the shape of a beaver tail, then deep frying it and serving it with toppings like berries and whipped cream.

Nanaimo Bars

Although you have learned a bit about some dense, sweet foodstuffs, Canada is also famous for some light and sweet food stuffs. Nanaimo bars, of course, have their origin in the city of Nanaimo, and are essentially a chocolate bar with a wafer base. What makes these light dishes truly unique, however, are the light custard filling that you'll encounter in the center of this dish.

Canada has given the culinary world these and many more dishes from which to sample. These range from the dense and savory to the sweet and airy. Hopefully, the next time you're at your favorite restaurant or diner, you'll try one of these absolutely delicious meals. Contact a business, such as the Riptide Marine Pub Grill & Catering in Campbell River, for more information.