If you haven’t noticed already, I love to eat out. As much as it’s bad for my waistline and my wallet, it’s my vice (along with spending too much money on kitchen related items and groceries). But it’s January and I am doing so well not eating out so far!
When J and I are out treating ourselves for a hard week at work, we are usually seen in the King West area or Ossington area in Toronto. King West is known for it 5 star quality restaurants – great for a fancy date night or a evening with great girlfriends who loves to gossip over wine! However, Ossington is a gem. It’s very low key, casual, comfortable and filled with amazing flavours that will tingle your taste buds. I often opt to go to Ossington if I want to try something different and unique (call me a hipster lol). One of my favourite restaurants (rather J’s favourite) is Oddsouel. We rave about this place way too much.
They offer Korean-Canadian fusion and takes you on an exciting journey and culinary experience. Did I mention most of their plates are between $5 – $12?! Amazing! One of my favourite dishes is their Squash Poutine. I can’t leave this place without at least one (maybe two) orders of this amazing curry flavoured poutine. Curry and cheese curds? Trust me .. you will fall in love.
It’s basically delicious roasted squash, smothered in Japanese curry sauce, add on some cheese curds for that classic squeaky chewy texture, drizzles of mayo and sriracha, topped with Kim Chi (yes that’s right!), and a quick garnish of Furikake and toasted black sesame seeds.
Since my cliché new years resolution is to spend less and eat better. I wanted to recreate this dish so that I can enjoy it from home without the guilt (sorta). Here’s my version of the Oddsouel Squash Poutine. I must say, I got really close to the flavours!
Squash PoutinePrint Recipe
- 1 whole buttercup squash. Peeled, deseeded and cut into 1 inch cubes (or use any squash of your choice)
- 1 pack of Japanese curry (buy these premade or in powder form from an Asian grocery store)
- Cheese curds
- Kim Chi (Available at any Asian grocery store)
- Furikake (Available at any Asian grocery store)
- Toasted Black Sesame seeds (I toasted mine on a dry pan for extra flavour)
Roast your squash in a 475F oven for 40 mins. Toss in between
Layering your poutine: First layer: roasted squash. Second layer: Curry gravy. Third layer: cheese curd
Add this back in the oven to melt the cheese
Then continue your layering: Fourth layer: Drizzle of mayo and sriracha. Fifth layer: Kim Chi. Sixth layer: Sprinkle Furikake and Black Sesame seeds