What is 'canadian bacon' in the UK? [moved from the UK/Ireland board]
I've just started eating meat again and am drooling for some Canadian Bacon. But what is it called?
You may need one of our American members to help here. I've never eaten Canadian Bacon, although I have eaten bacon in Canada, if you see what I mean. Is Canadian Bacon from Canada?
IIRC, they have two types. One is called "peameal bacon" and has a coating. We don't have that here. The other is just "bacon", shaped like a pork chop - which we'd call "back bacon" - not strips like in America which we'd call "streaky bacon".
It seems to me that regular bacon in the UK, is what I would call 'Canadian' bacon as it's known in the U.S. It's wide pieces as opposed to the thin, 'streaky' bacon we eat in the States. I think what you mean relizabeth is what Americans put on in eggs benedict. I feel born again as I found Oscar Meyer bacon in a local Sainsbury's. OK.. it's made in Spain, but the package and taste is the same. :-)
In the US, regular bacon is made from the belly, so is about half (or more) fat, cured and smoked. Canadian bacon is made from the loin, so is quite lean. It is more like our ham than our bacon.
There are two types of Canadian bacon, as the links point out.
1) U.S. style Canadian bacon is boneless pork tenderloin, brined and smoked.
2) Canadian peameal bacon is boneless pork strip loin, sweet-brine cured, and rolled in corn meal. It is not smoked, and tends to be juicier.
The classic peameal bacon sandwich is served at the St. Lawrence market, Toronto.
This is what I dont understand. I'm from the UK and I love 'our' type of bacon (Canadian Bacon). But everywhere I travel abroad, you never see the same cut of pork and I really dont understand why? More so in the states, I've been to many states east and west and its nowhere to be seen, have Americans tried it and hated it thus going back to the streaky stuff; or have they just never tried it before?
Streaky bacon over here is almost never used as part of a cooked breakfast, and mainly to add flavour to main courses, but in the states it seems to be the main food to have for breakfasts which is far more unhealthy?