Vij’s Railway Expresa – Cassava Poutine
Good afternoon fellow foodie friends.
In an ever evolving culinary cultural city we are so fortunate to have ready access to many new and wondrous culinary treats from around the world.
The perfect part of our culinary eclectic city is that you never need to look far for something new or unique!
Today – Cassava Poutine!
A play on a truly Eastern Canadian treat!
What is Cassava? You ask:
(Here is a note from About.com)
If you don’t already know what it is, you’re probably wondering what is cassava or yuca? It is a long tuberous starchy root about two inches around and eight inches long. The root has a brown fibrous skin and snowy white interior flesh. Because it bruises easily, it’s often sold covered in a protective wax coating. Other names for cassava are yuca, manioc, mandioca, yucca root, casabe, and tapioca.
Cassava is native to Brazil and the tropical areas of the Americas. It’s widely grown all over Latin America and the Caribbean. It was, and still is, an essential root vegetable in the Caribbean diet. It’s been around, since before Columbus’s arrival, as a staple food of the Taino, Carib, and Arawak population, especially in the form of cassava bread. Because it was so crucial to the culture, the natives revered it. A 1554 Spanish historical account describes a ceremony in which a native priest blessed cassava bread and then divided it among the tribal people present. The recipients then preserved the bread to protect their families from danger throughout the following year. Cassava is still eaten throughout all the islands today and you’ll find it piled high at produce markets.
Traditional poutine is french fries topped with cheese curds and smothered in gravy… And by the way are not all created equal.
Vij’s play on this dish is truly unique and full of flavor wow! $8.50
The layers of flavors as you eat this delectable dish unfold in your mouth to truly create a flavor party!
Make sure that you get down to Vancouver before the trucks potentially close due to inclement weather and enjoy what new flavors and foods are offered while the weather lasts.
If you are a little cold, try one of Vij’s fresh made Chai teas!
You Gotta Try This!