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How To Make Edikaikong Soup

Edikaikong soup is a vegetable soup that is originally from the Cross River and Akwa Ibom people of Nigeria. A nutritionally dense soup, it can be eaten alone or savoured with – wheat meal (like I did), fufu or akpu, amala; literally everything you want to eat with it. It is fairly easy to make, and I have made it even more fun and easier to do so. Sit tight while I share my recipe with you.

Ponmo, liver and crayfish

Ingredients Needed

  • Ugu (pumpkin leaves)
  • Water leaves
  • Beef
  • Liver
  • Fish (mackerel)
  • Ponmo
  • Stockfish
  • Yellow and red bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Turmeric and ginger
  • Salt
  • Palm oil
Onions, turmeric and ginger
Red and yellow scotch bonnet peppers


  1. Wash and blend the turmeric, ginger, onions, peppers and crayfish. Season with salt, and boil it with the beef, liver and ponmo. I do this instead of boiling separately so – the meat used can soak up all the flavours and I have less water (because of the water leaves).
  2. As the beef and liver get tender, add the stockfish (wash the stockfish with hot water) and palm oil. Because the turmeric already adds colour to the soup, you don’t need to overdo it with the palm oil.
  3. After about ten minutes, add the fresh fish. And boil everything together.
  4. The vegetables come last. Now, I remove the boiled fish after a while and add it back when I’m almost done with the cooking since I know I won’t be adding anything else. This is because once the fish is cooked and soft, stirring can break it up inside the soup. If this is fine, then skip this.
  5. Add the water leaves, stir for about 2 minutes and add the pumpkin leaves. Steam for 5 minutes (and remember to add back the fresh fish 😁).
Fresh fish and stockfish
Washed and sliced pumpkin leaves
Washed and sliced water leaves

That is it! You are now a master in the art of making delicious edikaikong soup.

Edikaikong soup served with wheatmeal and fresh watermelon juice
The wheatmeal

The wheatmeal was made using whole wheat flour, plantain flour and millet flour.


I'm OnyinyeOlufunmi, a visual artist, writer and psychologist from Lagos, Nigeria.

2 thoughts on “How To Make Edikaikong Soup

  1. That’s so interesting! So different to what we eat here – in fact, I had no idea pumpkin leaves were even a thing. I’d love to have a chance to try this!


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