How to prepare Edikang Ikong soup with chicken

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The Nigerian Edikang Ikong soup or simply Vegetable Soup is native to Nigeria’s Efiks, Akwa Ibom people, and Cross River states. It’s a general notion that the soup from Edikang Ikong is very nutritious and that’s very much so. This Nigerian soup recipe, prepared with a generous quantity of pumpkin leaves and water leaves, nourishes in every sense of the term.

After about illness, it is common for Nigerians to ask for this soup recipe, as we trust it will replenish what was lost during the sickness. But you don’t need to be in a convalescent state to enjoy this wholesome recipe for Nigerian food.

Ingredients for cooking Edikang Ikong Soup with chicken

  • 1kg of Pumpkin leaves
  • 500g of Water leaves
  • 1kg of chicken
  • 600g of Beef, Kanda, shaki and Dry fish
  • Pepper, Salt, and ground crayfish
  • 200ml of Palm oil
  • 1 cup of Periwinkle
  • 2 medium onions bubs
  • 2-3 stock of seasoning cubes


Before you cook your Edikan Ikong soup

  • Wash and cut the leaves of the pumpkin and the water into small pieces. Put them into separate sieves to drain as much as possible of all the water.
  • Cut the Kanda to pieces. Cook the chicken, beef, kanda, and dry fish with the 2 diced onion bulbs and the stock cubes with as little water as possible.

Cooking Instructions for the soup

  • Add a generous amount of palm oil, crayfish, and pepper when the chicken and other meat is finished, and leave to boil for about 10 minutes.
  • For the Edikang Ikong soup, the palm oil serves as the liquid. You should try to make it the only liquid in the soup, as much as possible.
  • Add the periwinkle and leaves of water and allow to cook for another 5 minutes. At this point, you may need to cook for less time, so the water leaves are not overcooked.
  • Now apply salt and pumpkin leaves to taste. Remove the pot contents very well, and turn off the heat. Cover the pot, and leave for 5 minutes to stand.
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Where to buy Chickens in Akwa Ibom State

Since chicken is the only meat that has no negative health conditions, you can always use it to prepare any local and continental dishes of your choice. In Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, you can buy chickens from at the following locations;

  • Uyo, The Akwa Ibom State capital:

    Number 215 Udo Umana Street opposite Akpan Andem Market, Uyo

  • Oron, Akwa Ibom State:

    Number 27 Market Square by Aba Street, Oron, Akwa Ibom State


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