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Dr. John | Aug 23, 201810:21 AM     1

We went to the CNE last night and thought we'd start a thread. We only tried a few things and welcome other contributions for the greater public good.

Klafouti definitely wanted to have the chocolate banana steak eclair; I was less enthused, but aquiesced. It's from Philthy Philly's (the one in the Food Building) and features a chocolate eclair bun, filled with banana slices, fried sliced steak, provolone, lots of whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. I'm unsure that this combo would work under the best of circumstances, but the eclair bun was mediocre and the cheese and steak were pedestrian. Definitely skip (but note that Klafouti finished the whole thing).

Next up was the deep-fried Monte Cristo at Fran's. First problem was the deep frying. The waffley coating tasted fine, but was drenched in what must have been not-hot-enough oil. The sandwich inside was kinda bland. And the sweetish sauce didn't offset the oiliness. Also skip.

Being hell bent on things deep-fried and rich, Klafouti next got the mac and cheese "popsicle" from Farm to Fryer. This was mac and cheese, formed around a popsicle stick, coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried. This was better - the mac and cheese was decent and the deep frying well-executed. The accompanying cheese sauce seemed excessive and might have been best replaced with some spicy and vinegary to cut the richness, perhaps some Frank's Red Hot? Not essential, but at least better than just a gimmick.

Wanting a break from rich, I voted for Shook (by Liberty Noodle), which featured ramen noodles, with your choice of toppings (corn, black fungus, bamboo shoots, etc.), meat, flavour (curry, shoyu, etc.), and the option of a lightly poached egg. The noodles were decent, a bit overcooked. The poached egg was excellent, just barely done and very runny. The rest of the ingredients and the chasiu pork were passable. Overall this was still a good combination - perhaps more in a relative sense, but still very edible. Not sure I would seek out Liberty Noodle on this basis, but if you need a port in a deep-fried storm...

We opted to not try any of the gold covered stuff because, well, we know gold doesn't taste like anything and those dishes are pretty expensive.

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