9 dishes that you want to try in Armenia
Armenian cuisine is not only kebabs and pita bread, but Calla, Gata and even a huge number of dishes about which you probably never even heard of if not been to Armenia. The food here is cooked not only with imagination but also with the soul, and you can see this in almost any restaurant in Yerevan and other cities of the country. Just come and go on a gastronomic tour and we will show that (and where) a must-try.
30 APR 2019 16:40
National dish of Armenia. It is believed that this wheat porridge with chicken and melted butter helped the Armenians to survive times of famine. The dish is incredibly simple and just as satisfying: you have to be really hungry to single handedly overpower the whole dish.
Despite the simple ingredients, cook ARIS is not so easy: cereal must be parched in the fire for at least five hours, so Armenian modern Housewives prefer to cook it at home and ordering in a restaurant. Traditional ARIS can be enjoyed in the “Tavern Yerevan”: the portion is generous, and the principle “porridge oil will not spoil” works here 100%.
Fresh tortilla stuffed with greens is considered the hallmark of the cuisine of Artsakh. Displays khats is spring and autumn: the time of year depends on the amount of herbs that are part of the filling. The spring 10-16, fall – to 24. It is very important to make a bouquet of spices to the cake is not bitter or was not too acidic. The restaurant Lavash is prepared displays khats according to ancient recipes, which produced a restaurateur and connoisseur of Armenian cuisine David yeremian.
Traditional Armenian dessert: a round cake with a delicate cream-vanilla taste. Master recipe does not exist: composition and taste of the Ghats are very different in different regions of Armenia. Dessert must be on the table in the new year’s eve: festive Gata put a coin and the person whose piece of cake, it will be waiting for a good year. If you want to learn how to cook, Gata, take a look at a master class at the restaurant “Mer Ojakh” in the village of Garni (St. G. Sohrabi, 31): here you can watch the process of cooking the pie, and then take part in a traditional tea party.
Ghapama, a dish is not only delicious, but also beautiful, because it… bring in a pumpkin. And, despite the fact that the magic pumpkin turns into a carriage, guests still take out their phones and start taking pictures. The soups are traditionally served to the wedding table as a symbol of abundance. Inside the pumpkin – rice with dried fruits and nuts: almonds, cornelian cherry, and prunes, and raisins, and apricot. Any combination – at the discretion of the chef. To try the soups, but at the same time to hear the dish on this song in the restaurant Yerevan Pandok. By the way, directly above the restaurant just recently opened the Academy of culinary arts and hospitality “yeremian project” where everyone can learn to cook national dishes of the Armenian cuisine.
Tolman in Armenia it is accepted to call any stuffed vegetables, and meat rolls with vine or cabbage leaves. In a traditional Yerevan tolma includes beef, rice, onions, herbs and black pepper. Tolma is served with a thick yoghurt – fermented milk product, the consistency resembles sour cream. Try the dolma can be almost any restaurant in Yerevan, but I will advise to glance in cafe “Artush” – you will not regret.
Imagine the scene: the Armenian feast. You happy to eat sudzhuk and basturma, enclose a third piece of kebab, calm crunch of the radishes, when suddenly in the hall make baked bull’s head! This is Kala, an Armenian dish of the poor, which has become a real gastronomic hit in the city of Gyumri. Food is everything: language, brain and even eyes.
Head looks scary (however, wishing to be photographed with her still are), but the taste surpasses all expectations and you will surely ask additives. If you find yourself in Gyumri, be sure to go to the Florence restaurant Gyumri, which opened recently. Or go to the winery Foscani, which also serves Kalu, and like to do their entertaining tasting. Just keep in mind that the dish must be ordered in advance: the head should be held in the furnace for about 8 hours.
Not that this dish was the main gastronomic pride of Armenia, but it is quite able to conquer the hearts of those for whom the main meal is Breakfast. To understand what it is about, have a look in the morning in the restaurant Sherep. By the way, here is a great selection of tea, coffee and impeccable service.
Perhaps the most popular in Armenia, the soup is fatty and rich. It’s made with beef feet and tripe and served with a huge amount of garlic. It is believed that the hash solves almost all health problems – it helps at least from a hangover, though, from pain in the joints. Eat khash in the morning, mainly by hand, helping himself to be a pita. Washed down with vodka. If you decide to do this service, come in Tsirani restaurant Garden. Here you can not only eat, but to walk through the beautiful gardens.
Not as satisfying as the hash, but no less popular in Armenia soup. Aveluk is sorrel, which the Armenians used to prepare various dishes from pies to salads. Apart from aveluk, in the soup add the lentils, bulgur, potatoes and spices. Definitely order a soup in the restaurant Yerevan Pandok Riverside. In good weather you can dine outside with views of the river. Soup served with fresh pita bread, which is baked in the restaurant. If you wish, you will be able to participate in a master class on cooking pita bread in the tandoor and personally make sure that this is not an easy task.