How to Cook Edikaikong Soup (Efiks Soup)

Let’s show you How to Cook Edikaikong Soup (Efiks Soup)
The Nigerian Edikaikong Soup is a native food prepared by the Efiks people of Akwa Ibom and Cross River State.
The research observed that this recipe is among the nutritional soup you can think of. The ingredients alone use in the preparation of the food serves a multivitamin to the body.

Edikaikong soup is prepared with pumpkin and water leaves. However, Pumpkin and water leaves are great sources of vitamins and minerals.

Here is how to cook Edikaikong Soup in Akwa Ibom


  • 1kg Spinach/fluted Pumpkin leaves(Ugwu)
  • 200g Water leaves
  • 500g of assorted meat(cow tripe (shaki), snails, cow’s skin(Kanda)
  • Stockfish(optional)
  • Smoked fish
  • 250ml palm oil
  • 1 cup Periwinkles (optional), but it gives the soup a boost
  • 2 tablespoons ground crayfish
  • 2 stock cubes
  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 2 scotch bonnet Pepper a.k.a fresh pepper
  • 1 cube of knorr
  • Salt to taste


Note: Prepare the vegetables by washing and cutting them into tiny bits (thin slices preferably) and set them aside.
  • Wash and cut the assorted meat in bite-able sizes. Clean the periwinkles, dried fish, and stockfish and set them aside.
How to Cook Egusi Soup (melon soup without oil)
Now to cook the Edikang Ikong Soup:
  • Place the assorted meat and stockfish in the pot, add a little water, the chopped onion, and one stock cube.
  • Cook until all the meat is properly cooked and there is just a little liquid in the pot (remember to cook the toughest meat first).
  • When the meat is done, add the dried fish and periwinkle.
  • Add the palm oil, ground pepper, and crayfish and leave to boil for about 10 minutes.
  • Now add the water leaves(or lamb lettuce) and leave to cool for 3 minutes.
  • Then add the Ikong Ubong /Ugu leaves (fluted pumpkin leaves) and salt to taste.
  • Stir thoroughly and leave to simmer for 5 minutes on low heat, and your Edikang Ikong soup is ready. Enjoy!
How to Cook Easy Egusi Soup (Melon Soup Boiling Method)

Take Note

Add the water leaves simultaneously; the oil is added, as they say, that the Water from the water leaves actually serves as the main base for the soup.
Serve with Usi (Starch), Pounded Yam, Eba, Fufu, Wheat meal (Tuwon Alkama), Semolina, or Amala.
Enjoy your meal…
Perpetua Lucy
Perpetua Lucy
Hi, I'm Lucy, a proud mum, a chef and a traveller who loves exploring everything, from keeping healthy fitness to DIYs. Creating delicious recipes and spending more time with my family and friends give me the utmost happiness. See you out there.


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