How To Make Ofe Akwu Soup (Palm Nut Soup).
Juice extracted from palm kernel is used for soups in Nigeria and perhaps some parts of Africa. Ofe akwu which is similar to banga soup in Efik land is a palm nut stew that is native to the Igbos in Nigeria. Ofe akwu is majorly enjoyed in South eastern part of Nigeria and is usually served as a sauce for boiled yams and sometimes for boiled rice . For proper and adequate preparation of ofe akwu, you will need the following:
Fresh Palm Nuts ( seizable size)
200g Titus fish
150ml of beef stock
1 handful shredded Ugwu
chilli pepper or scotch bonnet
1 medium sized onion
1 tablespoonful ground crayfish
salt to taste
Do you have the aforementioned ingredients ready? if yes, lets proceed to next stage.
1: Boil and season the meat. Set the meat stock aside.
2: Wash and boil the Palm nuts for like 30 minutes, peel off the skin when it’s soft.Pound lightly in a mortar to extract the oil. Pour some hot water, mix it to an extent and strain the extract through a sieve. Place the extracted oil in a pot and boil until it thickens . Add the meat stock or water obtained in Step one above, boil for 10 minutes.
3. Add the Titus fish , the cooked beef , chopped onions, Maggi cube, Chilli pepper, and salt to taste. Stir and cover the cooking pot, cook for 10 minutes.
4 Add the shredded ugwu leaves, simmer for 3-4 minutes.
At this point, Ofe akwu is ready. Like i said earlier on, ofe akwu is usually served with boiled yam or rice.