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On our food history segment, today, is the Niger-Delta delicacy, Banga Soup. This soup hails from the Urhobo ethnic group in Delta State. It is known as Oghwoamiedi in Urhobo language and Izuwoibiedi in Isoko.
Banga soup is basically palm fruit soup. Banga, the chief ingredient for this soup, is a type of palm fruit that is mostly found in the Niger Delta areas and in Igboland. Native spices like ataiko,
Lest I forget, a well-prepared pot of Banga Soup is busy; different types of orishirishi like fresh fish, dry fish, kpomo, crayfish, fresh prawn, shrimps, and periwinkles go dey the soup. That way, each morsel of swallow dipped in a plate of this soup usually materializes with a delectable piece of protein for the consumer’s enjoyment. In Urhobo and other parts of Niger-Delta, Banga Soup is customarily served with Usi, a thick, yellow, starchy paste that is made from Cassava. However, a certain mastery is required to eat usi with Banga soup so Non-Deltans who are yet to acquire this special skill enjoy their soup with eba or
Finally, banga soup is the Niger Delta variation of ofe
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