7 Armenian foods you have to try
Updated: Jan 4
Armenian food was so varied but it was the freshness of the local ingredients which really stood out on our one week trip in the south Caucasus.
So here are 7 foods for 7 days for you to enjoy:
1. Kashlama - lamb stew
Sample this splendid stew of slow-cooked lamb in its glorious gravy with peppers, served with fresh bread.
The best kashlama we had was in the colonial-looking Khinkali restaurant in Yerevan.
Ask to be seated upstairs for the full menu – downstairs is just about khinkali which are, strictly speaking, Georgian in origin.
2. Dolma - stuffed veggies
Minced meat, rice and onion are used to stuff vegetables or as a filling in a grape/cabbage leaf – these are surprisingly light on the stomach.
3. BBQd Lake Sevan fish
Speaks for itself…
4. Sea Buckthorn Tea
You can buy a really nice cup of this freshly-brewed tea opposite the Moscow Cinema in Yerevan at a little stall for 800dram (£1.30).
All around Lake Sevan, you’ll find roadside vendors selling this golden fruit fresh by the bucket or the bottled syrupy version.
5. Mante - dumpling soup
The cook fills little dumpling boats with mince and crisps them up in the oven. Next, the little meaty ships go into a light broth soup, finished with a dollop of yoghurt and a sprinkle of dried sumac.
The mante soup at Anteb had the perfect combination of crunch and liquid, plus it was a good price.
6. Ghapama - whole roast pumpkin
A traditional dish of stuffed, baked pumpkin - the highlight is the food-drama of cutting the pumpkin at the table where it opens up like a giant, juicy flower.
7. Road fish
Who doesn’t like a bit of dusty road fish from the back of an ancient Lada?
To really experience the warm Armenian hospitality and authentic cooking, do try and stay with a local family.