How can the humble chip be improved? Purists may like the salty-side left alone, but those of you that enjoy a little indulgence from time to time will love poutine. Crisp French fries, topped with plenty of cheese and a generous pour of gravy – what could be better? Originating in the Canadian province of Quebec, this comfort food fave has taken off in the 852, with the dish popping up on menus all over the city. From the classics, to the fancy and even an Asian-inspired take, here’s where to find the best poutine in Hong Kong. (You can thank us later).
Not only does NY-style deli, Morty’s, serve up the best reubens in the city, but the restaurant also goes all out when it comes to its side-dishes. With its tag-line “Slow-Cooked With Love”, it comes as no surprise that you can find the juicy and flavoursome meats loaded into its indulgent poutines. Go for the classic Morty’s Poutine ($88), which consists of fries, cheddar cheese curds, homemade gravy and chopped pastrami, or go all out with the Short Rib Poutine ($118), with mounds of cheese, gravy, barbecue sauce and 72-hour sous-vide short rib!
Top tip: All smoked meat sandwiches at Morty’s come complete with a side salad or fries, but you can upgrade your fries to the classic poutine for an extra $30.
Morty’s, Shop 8-10 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Morty’s, Shop 2-14, LG/F, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, www.mortys.hk
There’s the classic chips, cheese and gravy and then there’s Mrs. Pound’s take on poutine. The Rendang Poutine ($125) at this cute speakeasy style resto is fully loaded with French fries, beef rending, mozzarella and spring onions, for a modern and Indonesian interpretation of the dish. Not a fan of rending? Mrs. Pound also serve up a Chicken Tikka Poutine, with grilled chicken, tomato gravy, French fries, mozzarella and cilantro.
Top tip: If you happen to be stopping by Mrs. Pound at lunchtime, look out for the special Rendang Poutine Sub!
Mrs. Pound, 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.mrspound.com
If you’re looking for a next level poutine, head no further than new(ish) Tai Hang local, Elementary. Serving up the aptly named Fancy Poutine ($158), this dish is one to be shared. Consisting of fries, oxtail gravy, blue cheese and a runny egg, it pretty much has everything we love on one plate. With just enough blue cheese to give the rich dish a sharpness, and the runny egg yolk taking the gravy to new heights of deliciousness, this poutine may just be the best in the city.
Elementary, 15-16 School Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, www.elementary.hk
Known for its breakfast, but definitely not just reserved for the mornings, CATCH in Kennedy Town offers up a fresh take on poutine. Okay, it’s technically not a poutine at all (as there is no cheese or gravy to be seen), but we’re okay with it. Made up of fries, tobiko mayo, crab meat, soft egg and truffle caviar, this dish is definitely worth a try. The soft egg works to create an oozy sauce, with the crab adding a layer of fresh sea flavour. Although found on the smaller plates section of the menu, this is another dish that’s better shared as the portion is more than generous.
CATCH, 95 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.catch.hk
Going a little more classic with its take on Poutine, Canadian-style burger joint, The Big Bite, is serving up the CiHK poutine ($48). An acronym for Canadians in Hong Kong, this one is for the purists out there, made up of back bacon, egg, cheese curds and gravy atop a mound of hot fries.
The Big Bite, Shop 4B, G/F Kar Fu Building, 196-202 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/TheBigBiteHK
Passionate about craft beer, Craft Brew & Co. are dedicated to bringing great quality beer to thirsty Hong Kongers, and aren’t scrimping when it comes to the food either. Another classic offering, the Poutine here ($70) consists of duck fat fries, cheese curds and house gravy – wash it down with one of the many brews on offer and you’ll be set!
Craft Brew & Co., multiple locations across Hong Kong, www.craftbrew.com.hk
Read more: Craft Beer in Hong Kong: The Best Brews in the City
Featured image via Getty. Image #1 courtesy of Morty’s via Instagram, image #2 courtesy of Mrs. Pound via Facebook, image #3 courtesy of Elementary HK via Instagram, image #4 courtesy of CATCH via Instagram, image#5 courtesy of The Big Bite via Facebook, image #6 courtesy of Craft Brew & Co. via Facebook