It’s totally nice eating a very rich Nigerian meal but as the saying goes, better soup nah money kill am – that is exactly what it is, it’ll cost you to prepare these dishes. Nigeria is blessed with delicious delicacies , however, as tasty as these foods are, many people do not know that they are quite expensive to prepare. You might visit restaurants and get them at relatively cheap prices per serving but you can easily tell the difference when the meals are cheaply made or expensively made with the taste and obstacles you’d encounter while eating them.
In this article, we will be highlighting some of the top most expensive Nigerian native soups to prepare.
This soup isn’t really peculiar to a particular region in Nigeria, different ethnic groups eat this soup which makes it a remarkable dish. Eguisi soup aka melon soup is gotten from white melon seeds. This soup is highly nutritious because of its content. Due to the popularity of this soup, you’re likely to think it is inexpensive and easy to prepare but that’s quite untrue. Preparing an ideal pot of eguisi soup will cost you but your stomach will be pleased with the results. Some of the major contents of this soup include but aren’t limited to melon seeds, vegetable of your choice, meat, kponmo, different kinds of fish and more.
This Nigerian dish is predominantly originated from the South-South region of Nigeria. It is very much prepared by the people of Cross-River state, Nigeria. Another name for this soup is Okazi soup. It is very rich in vitamins and while it might seem relatively easy to prepare, what makes it expensive are the ingredients used in the preparation of this soup. The okazi leaves alone are quite expensive especially when you want to prepare a reasonable quantity of soup. All the proteins used in preparing this soup aren’t cheap either. I feel like what completes this soup is the periwinkles in it and if you are preparing it in the South-Western region of Nigeria, you will find that the periwinkles cost more to purchase compared to when you’re situated in the Southern region of Nigeria.
Edikang Ikong Soup
This is another Nigerian dish that originated from the South-South region of Nigerian. This is the soup you would typically call vegetable soup because that is what it is made up of, vegetables. It is considered to be the soup of the rich and famous because of the ingredients used in preparing it. Edikang ikong isn’t all that different from afang soup except that it doesn’t contain Afang or Okazi leaves. When preparing Edikang ikong soup, you need plenty of palm oil to bring out a rich taste and we all know that cooking oils are becoming expensive in Nigeria. The soup is rich in vitamins because of the vegetables and oil used in preparing it. Let’s not forget the proteins as well, you need a variety of proteins in preparing this soup.
This soup is popular among the people of the Eastern part of Nigeria. It is a very tasty soup that is made from shredded leaves called Oha. This soup is medicinal as it is always prescribed as a medicine for patients who are just recovering. The Oha leaves compared to other leaves like Ugwu or Water leaves is quite scarce and expensive for the quantity they come in. Oha soup is prepared with cocoyam to serve as a thickener which is also expensive, however, if you want a cheaper option, you can always use Ofor or Achi seeds in place of cocoyam to serve as thickeners. The fish that makes this soup taste really great is stock fish and we all know how expensive those are coupled with other proteins.
Efo Riro Soup
This soup is one of the most delicious Yoruba soups. This soup is rich in vitamins considering the amount of vegetables used in preparing it. By now, you can already tell that Nigerians might find it difficult to prepare their meals without a variety of meat and fish to serve as proteins. The Efo riro soup is prepared with tasty proteins and the best part is the Iru (locust bean) ingredient they add to the soup. All these ingredients are what make the soup very tasty and expensive as well.