Here at Egunsi Foods, we make 7 different types of soup based on traditional Nigerian and West African recipes. Our flavors are authentic, and classic, but not everybody is necessarily familiar with those flavors or ingredients. We often get asked, “Well, which is your favorite?” Considering I grew up with these soups, it’s so hard to pick! Plus, everybody’s a little bit different.
So, I wanted to put together this guide to help you pick which one would be right for you. You can figure out which one you might want to try first, or which seems to have the sort of flavors you're most in the mood for!
Gbegiri soup is our soup made from Nigerian honey beans, which are a close cousin to black-eyed peas, which are a little bit easier to find in the United States. The texture is a little bit similar to a dahl, or a lentil soup, and it’s great when you want something comforting and savory. The beans at the base of this soup help add a lot of great texture, and just a hint of sweetness.
This is also known as peanut butter soup, and it’s made from a base of roasted peanuts that have been ground into a smooth paste. It’s popular in both Nigeria and Ghana, as well as other countries in West Africa, and our product has been modeled after the traditional Ghanian preparation with ginger and garlic. It’s a great option when you’re craving something like Pad Thai, that sort of flavor that’s deep, rich, and savory. It’s delicious on its own, or with noodles, meat, or veggies.
Also known as melon seed soup, this dish is made from ground up egusi seeds -- the seed which is also our namesake! It’s a hearty vegetable soup with a great texture, and it has just a little bit of that nutty flavor, even though it’s nut-free. This soup is just a bit on the sweeter side, but it can still be enjoyed alone as a meal in and of itself. It also, however, makes a great simmering sauce for meat and veggies.
Our Obe Ata soup is our version of the popular West African tomato soup. This is a classic, partly because it’s so versatile. Almost any way you could think of eating or serving it, it would almost definitely be delicious. It’s a great base for stews, as well as a sauce for grains or meat or veggies. It’s bright in flavor, and it’s got just a little bit of that spicy kick.
Our Lemongrass Mushroom Pepper Soup is a vegan version of a Nigerian classic. It’s often said that a bowl of this richly flavored aromatic dish will chase away any illness, from the sniffles to malaria. The soup’s signature floral fiery kick comes from a combination of various chili peppers, but we’ve kept ours on the milder side. This vegan version is made with our in-house vegetable base and simmered with lemongrass for a deep flavor with a hint of citrus.
Like its vegan cousin, our Lemongrass Chicken Pepper Soup is sure to scare away anything that’s making you feel a bit under the weather. It’s a delicious take on a traditional chicken soup with a whole lot of Nigerian flare. This is made from a base of our own chicken bone broth and simmered with lemongrass, so the rich umami flavor is balanced perfectly with that lemony twist.
Similar to our Lemongrass Chicken Pepper Soup, our crayfish version has all the same lovely flavors, but a little bit of an extra twist with the addition of crayfish. This one also doesn’t have the lemongrass, so it’s a bit richer and a bit deeper, really hitting those umami notes for a warming and satisfying meal.
Egunsi Foods Has a Soup For You
Whatever your recipe might be this week, whatever your dietary or flavor preferences might be, one of our soups is bound to be the right fit. They’re all made from fresh ingredients and without artificial colors. Now that you know a little bit more about each one, I can’t wait to see which one you choose!