Potatoes are easily my favourite vegetable. You seriously can’t go wrong with them. Whether you fry them, bake them, roast them, boil them, mash them, stick them in a stew (LOTR’s one of my favourite movies fyi), they always taste fantastic. Heck, I even like potato salads. Considering my tremendous fondness for potatoes and all its different incarnations, it is a bit strange that I have never heard of knishes until recently. For those of you who don’t know, a knish is a Jewish dish consisting of a pastry that’s filled with mashed potatoes. It sounded amazing to a potato head like me, so I just had to try one (or, more accurately several) for myself. The only place in Vancouver that I could find serving this dish was Vivo Deli. They are a small shop located in Kerrisdale, right beside London Drugs. They offer several different varieties of knishes. I got a Chicken Mushroom, a BBQ Beef, and a Smoked Beef.
Chicken Mushroom Knish ($3.00):
This consisted of a pastry that’s filled with mashed potatoes, chicken, mushrooms, and fried onion. The pastry was soft and flaky while the potatoes were smooth and very well-seasoned and flavourful. I did find them to be just a bit stingy with the filling; however, the pieces of chicken that was present were tender and flavourful.
Smoked Beef Knish ($3.00):
This was similar to the chicken mushroom knish, except it contained smoked beef, egg, cheese, and fried onion. Again, I do wish that there was more meat and cheese mixed into the mashed potato. The small pieces of beef that were present was quite tender, and had a nice salty flavour. I could not detect any egg or onion however.
BBQ Beef Knish ($3.00):
I didn’t actually eat this myself: I gave it to my mom. It was completely, purely out of selfless, altruistic reasons, and definitely NOT because I was seriously stuffed from gorging myself on large heros and pizzas over the last few days. Anyways, she really enjoyed it, even though she did complain a bit about the beef being a bit “spicy” (she’s a whimp who can’t handle any heat).
I’ve really wanted to try a knish, and my visit to Vivo Deli has finally fulfilled my wish. Their prices are relatively reasonable: currently the knishes are going for $3 each (plus tax), but they do offer discounts when you buy multiple (I saved 50 cents by buying 3). They also offer bags of frozen knishes to take home. Be sure to check this place out if you happen to be in the area and are looking for a snack or lunch.