Skip to comments.Camel Meat Catching on in Canada
Posted on 08/31/2012 11:34:58 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Toronto eateries now offer camel burgers and kangaroo kebabs.
Emiratis are addicted to Canadas premier doughnut chain, Tim Hortons. So it makes for kharmic culinary balance that Torontonians chomp a North American staple with a crazy MidEast twist: camel burgers. Casbah, a food kiosk in downtown Toronto, serves up camel burgers. Its very healthy, and it has no fat, Casbah owner Dali Chehimi told CBC news.
He sources his camel meat from Whitehouse Meats in St. Lawrence Market, who ship it up from Australia (where camel culling is helping to reduce feral camel populations in the Aussie outback). Whitehouse Meats also offers camel for home consumption. Its a staple in North Africa, the Middle East and, increasingly, parts of Europe. But in North America, camel meat has a bit of a hump to get over before going mainstream. The butchers also sell emu, musk ox, caribou and ostrich.
Camels being spun as a healthier alternative to beef and lamb. It boasts more protein, vitamin C and iron and less cholesterol. As for taste and textural differences, I wrestle back my gag reflex reading a review, its a little chewier than trad meats.
Exotic meats are the main attraction at another Toronto eatery, WVRST restaurant, which serves up elk, boar and kangaroo.
WVRSTs Katie Reingold says the kangaroo is a big draw. Diners meet up at the restaurant just to try it with friends: sort of nouveau competitive eating. They have no idea what it tastes like and theyve never heard of anyone serving kangaroo, but its what they want, she told CBC news. Kangaroo meat has been described as having no similarity to either chicken, beef or pork. So does it taste like fish?
A foodie named Roy Pereira said he frequents WVRST because he loves to explore new foods. Ive had ostrich, wild boar, but anything that can be a pet, I draw the line. So while Pereira wont eat turtle meat (or, presumably, hamster, goldfish or parakeet), he has sampled deep-fried alligator.
But back to those camel burgers.
Chef Chehimi is from Tunisia. He said introducing camel onto Casbahs North African menu was a natural, We eat it there, mostly in stews. This unusual entre sits comfortably on upscale restaurant menus, its just not routine fare for a streetcorner takeaway joint.
Very low fat content means you get your burger medium-rare. Too long on the grill and it dries out, says Chehimi. He slathers on homemade mayo, caramelized onions, and his personal hot sauce: Chehimis harissa is a secret medley of chilies, garlic, caraway and spices.
Camel, schmamel, says me: its a bit of a cheat, with those mouth-watering condiments. Slap those toppings on an old pair of Chuck Taylors, and Id still tuck in for lunch.
Sky-high shipping costs and unpredictable delivery schedules translate to fluctuating prices, so the burgers are sold at market price. They aint cheap. This week BlogToronto reported them selling for ten bucks a pop.
Green Prophets told you about camel coffee drinks and camel candies. Camel meat is growing in popularity in the Middle East and the USA. Let us know if youve spotted it on menus near you.
Would you walk a mile for a camel?
Thank you, thank you....I'll be here all week. Try the veal, tip your waitstaff.
Perfect for lunch on Wednesday....hump day...
Amazing how Canada is so hospitable to muslims yet so adversarial to americans just trying to drive into canada.
rump hump roast?
ooo ooo wait: RATS:the other atrocious meat choice....
That’s funny, a good friend of mne, who spent many years in Lebanon, would state in a mock serious tone (regarding Halal regs), “Camel is permitted, but NOT recommended.”
One hump or two?
“Amazing how Canada is so hospitable to muslims yet so adversarial to americans just trying to drive into canada.”
I was not aware that camels were muslim. As for getting treaterd like shit crossing the border, they treat Canadians just the same.
Or “We just ride it into town and ........”
I hear that the camel toe is a fine delicacy.
I once considered opening a restaurant serving only horse meat.
I was going to name it “The Tender Filly”.
The horse-loving demonstrators would provide free advertising forever.
The ex-pat Brits and Belgians would provide the clientele.
Annnnnd, one meal lasts you for days.
Thank you, thank you, nickcarraway, I’ll be here all week.
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