The Calabar Carnival, Africa’s biggest street party, is currently gathering storm in the ancient city of Calabar, the Cross River State capital in South-South Nigeria and if you are planning a trip to the city to witness the fanfare, do not fail to try out some or all of these dishes which stands the city out in terms of hospitality. Have a taste of what you should expect.
Afia Efere Soup (White Soup)
Today, we present to you another mouthwatering and healthy food that is very popular among the Calabar people. ‘Afia Efere’ Soup, (White Soup), is a light Efik soup which is traditionally cooked without palm oil. Essentially, goat meat or chicken is used in its preparation and hence, it is often called “afia efere ebot” (White soup with Goat), or “afia efere unen”, (White soup with Chicken.” Fresh fish can also be used with a sprinkle of Okra. The soup is gradually gaining reputation in the country and many other tribes have keyed into it. ‘Afia Efere’ is best eaten with Pounded Yam.
Fresh Goat meat
Fresh Okra (sliced) - Optional
Salt to taste
How to prepare ‘Afia Efere’ Soup
To set the stage the stage for the preparation of your delicious ‘Afia Efere’ soup, wash and cut your goat meat into even size pieces. Season with salt, pepper, sliced onions, and boil for 30 minutes or until soft and tender. Add the washed fish, stock fish, chopped chilies, okra and ground crayfish. Break the uyayak pod into small pieces and add to the pot. Slice the Uziza leaves into tiny pieces and sprinkle them into the pot. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Mould the pounded yam into small rounds and drop into the soup to slightly thicken it. When your light soup is ready, serve hot with Pounded yam.
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