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Nov 6, 2013 05:52 PM

Arabic yogurt drink


I would like to know where I can buy a large container of Arabic yogurt drink in Montreal (Ayran with salt, yogurt, or called shenina in Jordan). I've see 500ml at Adonis but does it come any bigger than that? Are there more than 1 company that produces this product? Where else can I purchase it? Possibly better priced?

I find them to be good on my digestive system. It helps to settle my stomach when I was travelling overseas.


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    1. Just a small grammatical quibble: "Arabic" refers almost specifically to the language, "Arab" would be the right adjective here.

      "Arabian" is also another qualifier that is often misused, it designates the people who live in the Arabian Peninsula (who while being the original Arabs are just a small fraction of Arab people).

      Back on the subject, it's too bad there aren't any places that make their own fresh ayran like you'd find in Turkey or other parts of the middle east.

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      1. re: MTLjam

        Thanks MTLjam for the correction. I knew the word looked funny when I typed. The word "Arab" sounds impolite and makes me not wanting to use it.

        1. re: lugubres

          You're welcome lugubres.

          Actually "arab" is not at all pejorative. Maybe your qualms about its use derive from arab culture and people generally not being depicted in a good light in popular culture and the media.

      2. Biggest i've seen this is in about 1L (roughly estimating, i dont have a bottle in front of me).

        You can find this at middle eastern shops, even bakeries which just sell lamahjoun usually have them.

        I guarantee Akhavan has them. I'm surprised you didn't find larger containers at Adonis though...

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        1. re: SourberryLily

          Thanks SourberryLily. Will check Akhavan.

        2. Side note, at Akhavan you will also find a persian yogourt drink called Doogh, which is carbonated. Its sounds strange but its worth a try, I personnally love the mint flavored one!

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          1. re: sophie.brunet

            carbonated ah? a new one to try. Thanks sophie. Will check out the next time I'm at Akhavan.

            1. re: sophie.brunet

              Dough (pronounced doo-rrrr) is carbonated AND not carbonated.

              Its actually the same drink only at home they'd add mint.

              Source: i am persian.

              1. re: SourberryLily

                So that is where your "sourberry" comes from. I love polo with sourberries, yum.

                1. re: lagatta

                  Are sour berries the same thing as the sour wild cherries?

                  1. re: lagatta

                    lol i hadn't thought of it like that.

              2. By the Côte-Vertu metro station, I know there's a Middle Eastern supermarket with a small deli. I believe they've got ayran.