Ofe Onugbu or Bitter Leaf Soup is very popular among the Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria. The name does not have anything to do with the taste of the soup. In fact, it is very delicious. Whether you are Igbo or not, you can prepare the soup at home by following these steps:
—Washed and squeezed bitter leaf
—Several small Cocoyams
—Red Palm Oil
—Shaki (cow tripe)
—Assorted Fish: Dry Fish and Stockfish
—Pepper, salt and ground crayfish
Squeeze the bitter leaves to remove all the bitterness and boil it for about 15 minutes.
Remove the peels of the cocoyam. Then wash and boil the cocoyam pieces until it softens. After this, you should pound it to a smooth paste.
Boil the stockfish, beef, shaki (cow tripe) and dry fish until it is cooked. Add seasoning and allow to cook for another 5 minutes.
Add pepper, ground crayfish, and cook for another 10 minutes. Then pour the parboiled bitter leaf in the pepper and crayfish. Then stir.
Add the cocoyam paste with a spoon in small lumps and the palm oil.
Cook until the cocoyam lumps dissolve. If you want, you can add water to thicken the soup.
Add salt to taste. Your soup is ready!
Your Ofe Onugbu soup is ready!
You can serve with amala or pounded yam.