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Pâté Chinois : Chinese Dish Behind Canada's Nationhood

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A Canadian Culinary History of its past that is still present on Food Tables

Huaren's Maternal Side is 4th Generation Railroad Workers 

Pâté Chinois and ginger roots fed the workers in building Canada's East West Railroad                 (TransCanada Railway) that created Canada as a Nation from Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
Prior to this time, Quebec was a British Colony with predominantly French population accessible through its gigantic St Lawrence River that made Quebec more important that its Atlantic Provinces.The Americans who fought USA for England in 1812 and lost, migrated to upper Canada which today is Ontario ( Toronto) as were Afro-American who sought refuge from discriminating USA.

The western regions were First Nation Territories. 
California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona still belonged to Mexico. Seattle, Washington belonged to the First Nation and were not aware they were "discovered"

The Irish Crew did the Montreal to Alberta (east to west) section while the Chinese crew did the Vancouver to Alberta section (west to East0.

Pâté Chinois, is made up of low glycemic corn and higher glycemic potato which are abundant. For the railroad workers that needed almost 2,500 calories a day, the minced meat were added as with whatever herbs they can find in the wilderness like rosemary or thime.

(A) Pâté Chinois means Chinese Pasta in French. It is probably a wilderness cuisine made specially for the Chinese and Irish workers whipped up by a Chinese cook. Now it is a common dish that is sold in many groceries and considered a comfort food specially in winter.

(B) Bannock : Unlivened cookie ( much like scone from the British) but packed with meat from Wild Salmon, Wild Buffalo or  game from the forest. Now served in White Table cloth places as Vancouver Salmon Bannock.

maple syrup (© Fulton's Pancake House & Sugar Bush)

(C) Poutine

Crisp fries topped with squeaky cheese curds and smothered with savoury gravy isn’t just an excellent hangover cure, it’s now haute Canadian cuisine. Originating in Quebec and now found across Canada (and the world), this gloopy calorie bomb has even been made decadent. Restaurants across the country are dressing it up with gourmet ingredients. Vancouver’s Edible Canada tops theirs with duck confit (pictured) while Montreal’s famed Au Pied de Cochon goes for the golden goose with the addition of foie gra ( Liver Spread). Winter lasts long (from November till March about 5 months. Fatty Food helps stave off hunger and feeling cold.)

maple syrup (© Fulton's Pancake House & Sugar Bush)

(D) Beaver's Tail

These fried dough whole wheat pastries are individually hand stretched to resemble one of Canada’s most iconic symbols — a beaver’s tail. Even U.S. President Barack Obama satisfied his sweet tooth with the Canadian treat during a trip to Ottawa in 2009. The lumberjack snack is float cooked and served piping hot after being topped with butter. Jazz it up with chocolate hazelnut, maple butter or cinnamon sugar. Score yours at BeaverTails stores and cabins across the country.

Nothing beats sweet, buttery and hot snack. Everything the doctors told you not to eat but here it is it is a franchise. specially near ski hills or winter sports events.

maple syrup (© Fulton's Pancake House & Sugar Bush)

(E) Good Old Mama's Chicken Pie....Tourtière

An ideal meal to ward off winter’s chill, this French Canadian meat pie is a classic dish across Canada, especially during the winter holidays. While fillings vary, you can count on a mixture of ground pork, beef and if you’re lucky, wild game. Should you not be in possession of a beloved family recipe, sample a slice from Aux Anciens Canadiens, a Quebec City restaurant that focuses on classic Québécois cuisine.

maple syrup (© Fulton's Pancake House & Sugar Bush)

(F) The Sweet maple Syrup

Its leaf is the symbol of Canada, the fluid that flows from its truck when scoured as taught by First Nation Brothers are sweet and medicinal.

Within the popular cuisine of Canada traces the footprints of the many other nations that made Canada as a Nation. 

The First Nations, The French British, Huarens, Irish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, Armenians, Arabs, The Jewish people, Eastern Europeans, Africans, Middle Eastern Nations, Filipinos, Koreans, Chinese. A Nation that truly have much representations from almost every nation on earth yet kept their own identity.

Canada is indeed a microcosm of the Global Village. 

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