Pronounced "peu-tin", not "pooteen", as one would think, this is Canadian junk food, also one of the many things known as a heart attack in a bowl. But try asking for "peu-tin", and you will get a vacant stare.
Poutine is available from street carts in almost any large Canadian city, but is best in French Quebec. Can't get it anywhere outside Canada that I know of. It is absolutely delicious, and worth making.
Another one of those guilty pleasures that goes down best when slightly drunk. Can't emphasise enough that this must be eaten HOT, HOT, HOT!
So, to make your own, and keep the original taste, the following is necessary:
1.) The chips must be fried in lard.
2.) The gravy must be thick, like molasses. Use the liquid left over from cooking oxtails, with some of the meat, and reduce it to a thick, glossy slow-moving syrup. Add some Bisto if you want, but not too much.
3.) Use good cheddar cheese. the Canadians use cheddar curds, but suitable curds are hard to find.
Fry the chips, no point in double-frying them, they will get soggy anyway. place in a hot bowl, scatter the cheese, pour the gravy over, everything must be very hot, and should be eaten immediately Once it becomes cold, it is a disgusting, soggy mess. And that is what the name is, "poutine" is Acadian slang for "soggy mess". If you don't feel like making it, do try it next time you are in Canada.