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Otong soup is Efik version of Okro soup. It is characterised by two main ingredients Okro and Ugwu. Otong soup is nutritious and it is high in iron content. To the Yorubas this is called Ila asepo (with variation). I don’t get tired of okro soup be it Ila asepo, otong soup, Ogbono Okro or plain okro. I just love the way it helps slide swallow all the way down to it’s destination not to mention it’s high nutrient value. You see, okra is good in normalising blood sugar and cholesterol, it contains folic acid, a good laxative, prevents constipation.. I have not even finished with the benefits of Okro not to talk of starting on the other key ingredient Ugwu! i’l not bore you with that now but rather save it for another time but believe me people, Otong soup is good for you..so let’s get cooking:
25 pieces medium sized Fresh Okro (lady fingers)
3 Bouillion cubes (maggi)
1-2 cooking spoons Palmoil
3-4 red or yellow Scotch bonnet (ata rodo)
1 handful Dry Shawa fish
1/2 cup grounded Crayfish
1/2 cup Prawns Snail (optional)
Few pieces Stock fish (Panla)- optional
1 medium size dry smoked catfish
Beef and assorted meat (shaki, ponmo, etc)
Ugu (Kale is a good substitute)
1) Wash the smoked fish by pouring hot water and salt on it, leave the fish in the water for 3 minutes then washout the dirt. Debone and shred the fish. 2) Boil the assorted meat ( shaki, ponmo,etc) seperately and set aside. 3) Blend scotch bonnet
Tip: If stock is too much in the meat after boiling, take out some of it. You do not want too much water as this can result in watery okro soup.
10) Taste for salt and seasoning, adjust accordingly, reduce the heat and let simmer for 3 minutes.
Don’t overcook if you want okro green and resilient. The retained heat keeps cooking the Okro for about another 2 minutes after you take off heat. 10) That’s Otong Soup done. Enjoy with pounded yam (recipe HERE) , Eba, Amala (recipe HERE), Semo or any other solid. A Plate full of nutrients and goodness.. I had it with Pounded yam on this occasion Bon appetit Don’t forget to like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/kscuisine ” One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well” -Virginia woolf