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How to make Edikang Ikong /Edikaikong Soup

Edikang Ikong / Edikaikong soup is a nutritious nigerian soup recipe made with a generous amount of fresh leafy vegetables. It is usually cooked with a combination of two different vegetables;Ikong Ubong /Ugwu leaves(fluted pumpkin leaves) and water leaves; but in the absence of fluted pumpkin leaves and water leaves, Spinach and Lamb lettuce/Mache(Valerianella locusta) can be used. It is actually one of the native soups of the south-eastern states(Efiks) of Nigeria(Cross River and Akwa Ibom states.) Edikang Ikong used to be referred to as the ''soup of the wealthy'', because of the variety of rich proteins used in making the soup.

Below are the Ingredients and method of cooking:

Waterleaves

Ugwu (pumpkin leaves)

Palm oil

Salt

Fresh pepper

Cray fish

Stock fish

Smoked fish

Goat meat 

Tripe (shaki)

Cow skin (kpomo)


Wash the tripe (shaki) and cow skin (kpomo) with salt to ensure you get rid of sand. Put in a pot and boil till it's tender, drain the water and set aside.

Wash the stock fish with hot water then set aside too. 

Also, wash the goat meat thoroughly with salt and Cook for about 15-20 minutes, ensure to add seasoning, onions, salt and pepper.

Then, pour the washed stock fish, tripe (shaki) and cow skin (kpomo) into the pot containing the cooked goat meat and stir properly. 

Now you have to taste for seasoning, salt and pepper. Add more if there's need, and allow to cook for some time.

Then, add your blended crayfish and palm oil and allow to simmer for few minutes.

Ensure you always taste to ensure that your seasonings are at the right proportion (personally, by mere eyeballing, I know the exact proportion).

The final stage involves you adding your vegetables. 

First, you add your properly washed and squeezed water leaves. Yes! You have to squeeze your water leaves to get rid of the jelly stuff ( except you'll want to frequent the white house after eating... Lol)

Now, pour the water leaves into the pot and stir properly, and allow to cook for about 5-7 minutes. 

Finally, add your already washed and chopped ugwu leaves (pumpkin leave), stir and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes. 

Serve with a nicely made Poundo, Wheat, Semo or Eba.

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