Without assistance from a professional catheter, an average Nigerian or African can truly differentiate which of these two soups tastes better. I will vouch for White soup anytime, any day, because aside from its taste, it is stress-free, unlike the Egusi soup preparation. Nevertheless, I still have people who will sweat it to eat a bowl of egusi soup. Why not read on and find out what differences these two have?
What is Egusi Soup?
Egusi soup is a famous Nigerian soup prepared with ground egusi seeds (melon seeds), vegetables, and spices. Egusi seeds are a common ingredient in West African cuisine and are rich in protein and healthy fats. To make egusi soup, the ground egusi seeds are first fried in oil until they turn golden brown. This is mixed with meat or fish, vegetables (such as spinach, pumpkin leaves, or bitter leaves), onions, and spices. The ingredients are then cooked in a flavorful broth until the soup thickens, and the vegetables are cooked. Some common spices used in egusi soup include ground crayfish, smoked fish or meat, chilli pepper, and seasoning cubes. The soup is often served with fufu (a starchy dough made from cassava, yams, or plantains) or with a side of rice. Egusi soup is a hearty and nutritious dish popular across many regions in Nigeria and West Africa. Its rich and flavorful taste, combined with the high protein content of the egusi seeds and other ingredients, make it a satisfying and nutritious meal.
What is White Soup?
White soup is a famous Nigerian soup that is native to the southeastern region of the country, particularly the Igbo tribe. It is called white soup because of its light colour due to the use of light-coloured ingredients like yam, chicken or fish, onions, and pepper. It is known for its light and refreshing taste and unique blend of spices and condiments. To make white soup, the chicken or fish is first boiled until it is tender and then combined with a mix of sauces and condiments like crayfish, utazi leaves, uziza leaves, and sometimes, scent leaves. The yam is then boiled and mashed to form a paste, added to the soup to thicken it and give it a smooth texture. Other ingredients like onions, pepper, and seasoning cubes are added to enhance the soup’s flavour. White soup is typically served with a starchy side dish like fufu or pounded yam. White soup is also considered a healthy dish, as it contains a good amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals from the meat, fish, and vegetables used in its preparation.
Difference Between Egusi Soup and White Soup
White soup and egusi soup, staples in the Nigerian diet, are prepared and use slightly different ingredients. While the white soup is typically made with chicken or fish, yam, onions, and spices like utazi and uziza leaves, egusi soup is made with ground egusi seeds, vegetables, and spices. The soups have contrasting textures, with egusi soup being thick and rich and white soup being lighter and smoother. White soup is traditionally served with pounded yam or fufu, while egusi soup is commonly served with fufu or rice. It’s common knowledge that both soups are delicious and healthy, but they each have their own regional fanbase in Nigeria. White soup is lighter and more refreshing, with a delicate blend of spices and condiments that give it a unique flavour, while egusi soup is heartier and more filling because of its high protein and healthy fat content. Both soups are considered a staple in Nigerian cuisine and are typically served with starchy carbohydrates.