I am probably one of those rare Armenians who don’t like ‘spas’ (pronounced like ‘health spas’) – Armenian traditional yogurt soup. Every time my mom forced me to eat it, I would always dream about the day when I would move out of my parents’ house and never ever have to eat that soup again. My dream came true. I haven’t cooked spas for almost 5 years and only ate it once at my friend’s place in Minneapolis just out of politeness.
Despite my taste, 95% of Armenians find this soup delicious. It is made from matsoon (or madzoon), which is a fermented dairy product originated in Armenia and Georgia. It tastes similar to yogurt but very sour.
Below is a recipe that reminded me of my mom’s. The only difference is, my mom would put cilantro into the soup while it is still boiling, and she wouldn’t use any lemon juice (because matsoon is already sour!). You also eat spas when it is cold! If you decide to cook this very traditional Armenian soup, I hope you will like it more than I do.