Edikang Ikong Soup: Taste of heaven in your mouth.
A stressful day at work, coupled with a broken arm, in sadness I sat while I was being quizzed by my parents on what had happened
I was barely in the mood for Mama’s drama so I just zoned out on her when suddenly, I perceived an aroma drifting through the air, In curiosity, I traced the intriguing scent to the kitchen close by, there it was a pot of soup on fire.
I threw my head backward and smiled, it felt like heaven standing there. My pain fizzled out with the thought of eating that soup.
” What soup is this?” I asked.
The cook replied “Edikangikong” bredded by the beautiful city of Akwa ibom, Efik ibibio people to be precise.
Apparently I was in shock as i had thought it was just a regular dish, but this, people had always thought it’ll be expensive to prepare, and at once i consulted the internet to find out more.
Edikangikong made with varieties of nutritional ingredients including beef and dried fish, bush meat, crayfish, shaki (beef stipe), kanda, pumpkin leaves, water leaves, ugu, onion, periwinkle, palm oil, salt and pepper.
The presentation of the ingredients made me inquire about it’s nutritional values. It is high in protein, fibre, Folic acid, carbohydrate, calcium, iron, potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2 and so on.
Eating Edikang ikong requires a big smiling plate of fufu, or a neatly wrapped pounded yam with an outstanding glass of juice or chilled water.
By Olutade Sarah Tosin.