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Recipe for Edikang Ikong Soup

I think I was in primary three when my Dad bought me the story book titled “Edidem Eyamba and the Edikang Ikong Soup.” After reading the book, I wanted a taste of the almighty edikang ikong soup that made the King to fall in love with Ifiok, a poor orphan.  So, I pestered my mum and she prepared the soup. When I was served my portion, I was disappointed because it was no different from the vegetable soup I had always known. My mum then explained that vegetable soup, which my people (Ndi Aguleri) call ofe mgbolodi was known as Edikang Ikong Soup in Ibibio.

Edikang Ikong Soup is usually prepared with assorted meat and two kinds of vegetable, namely pumpkin leaves and water leaves. Today, Edikang Ikong Soup is what we have on our menu. If you want to learn how to prepare this very nutritious food, all you have to do is pay attention for you’re already in the right place.

Ingredients

Water Leaves

Pumpkin Leaves

Meat (Beef, Kpomo, Shaki)

Dry fish

Stock fish

Periwinkle

Palm oil

Crayfish

Onions

Pepper

Stock cubes

Salt

How to Cook

Rinse the water leaves and pumpkin leaves thoroughly to remove dirt. Cut the vegetables and set them aside in different sieves or bowls. Cut the kpomo into small pieces.  Rinse the meat, kpomo and stock fish to remove sand. Use salt and lukewarm water to rinse the dry fish. Season your meat with onions, stock cubes and salt. Steam on low heat for about three minutes. Add stock fish and water to the pot of meat. Please note that edikang ikong soup requires little water so be mindful of the quantity of water you use when cooking. When the meat is almost tender, add the dry fish. Blend the crayfish and pepper.

Once the meat is tender, add a generous amount of palm oil to the pot of meat. It is pertinent to mention at this point that palm oil is the liquid used in making this soup. Add the blended pepper and crayfish. Allow to boil for about ten minutes then add the periwinkle and water leaves. Also add stock cubes and salt. Stir the soup well, taste, and adjust the seasoning if need be. Cover the lid and allow the soup to cook for about three minutes. Add the pumpkin leaves, stir the content of the pot thoroughly then turn off the heat. Serve hot with eba, fufu, semo or pounded yam.

Featured image source: cookpad.com

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Obiamaka Angela Udevi

Udevi, Obiamaka Angela holds a Master of Arts degree in History & International Studies. She's a freelance writer with a passion for food and healthy living. She can be contacted through her email address, obiudevi@yahoo.com

14 Comments

14 Comments

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    Adaobi

    13th June 2019 at 8:57 am

    I will use d method u wrote and try ..
    Nice one dear

    • OBIAMAKA UDEVI

      OBIAMAKA UDEVI

      13th June 2019 at 9:12 am

      Thanks, Hon

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    Chineme

    13th June 2019 at 9:07 am

    I guess i will try making this soup. Let me see how it turns out

    • OBIAMAKA UDEVI

      OBIAMAKA UDEVI

      13th June 2019 at 9:13 am

      Please Do. Be sure to let us know how it turns out.

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    ANULIKA

    13th June 2019 at 9:09 am

    I remember that storybook. Omg😋 this image just got me salivating. To-do list straight-up.

  4. OBIAMAKA UDEVI

    OBIAMAKA UDEVI

    13th June 2019 at 9:15 am

    Lol…I know you’ll remember the story. Oya cook and enjoy.

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    Chinenye Winifred

    13th June 2019 at 9:17 am

    I will definitely try this out, Thanks for Sharing.. Nice one dear

    • OBIAMAKA UDEVI

      OBIAMAKA UDEVI

      13th June 2019 at 9:21 am

      Let us know how it turns out when you do. Thanks, Dear.

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    Ifunanya

    13th June 2019 at 11:57 am

    I’m so trying this out… Thanks for sharing

    • OBIAMAKA UDEVI

      OBIAMAKA UDEVI

      13th June 2019 at 12:03 pm

      Please do. Thanks for taking the time to read.

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    Chioba Claire

    15th June 2019 at 11:46 am

    So will you make it and give me to eat please then ll try making my own afterwards

    • OBIAMAKA UDEVI

      OBIAMAKA UDEVI

      18th June 2019 at 9:24 am

      Ok ma.

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    chukwudi Samuel

    15th June 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Nice one dear, lemme look for who will cook it?, will do for semo

    • OBIAMAKA UDEVI

      OBIAMAKA UDEVI

      18th June 2019 at 9:22 am

      Lol…Wetin do your hand?

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