Lyft Soup

in Cooking, Food, July 25, 2018
There’s actually no way to make this soup look appetizing but trust me it was good.
A 5 Star Lyft Ride

I had almost an hour in the car with my Lyft driver from LAX to Pasadena. Oddly enough, if there are any times when I’m exceptionally loquacious, it is during Lyft rides. Joseph from Nigeria was the driver du jour, and I asked him what are some Nigerian dishes I can try cooking.

At first, I couldn’t decipher what he was saying because I am absolute trash when it comes to accents. After I realized Joseph was indeed, not saying orchids but okras, things made a lot more sense. Okra soup, as it were, was simple to make, tastes great, and is cheap. I like all three of those things, so here we are, an okra soup recipe as told by Joseph from Nigeria.

The Okra Soup Process

“First, you get okra, and chop chop chop chop chop! Make them tiny,” he said, whilst making chopping gestures with one hand and steering with the other. “Then, you boil water and put the tiny okra in.”

So far, pretty straight forward.

“Then add more vegetables.”

“What kind?” I asked.


Joseph was very vague about what else goes into this soup, so I assumed it was somewhat of an improvisational piece — Okra and whatever soup. I was liking it! So much freedom to expand and experiment.

“Boil until it’s thick, add salt and pepper, and other spices,” he continued.

“What spices?”


I didn’t know what other answer I could have expected.

My Take

If you didn’t know, cooking is not something that I do well. But I was determined to make Lyft Driver Joseph’s Incredibly Vague Okra Soup™ work. Here is what I did… I don’t have precise measurements for anything because it’s improv soup! I did end up with enough for 2 meals for a total of $6 spent!


  • Some okras
  • An onion
  • A box thing of mushrooms
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Soy sauce

Step 1: Take the okra and chop chop chop chop chop chop!

Step 2: You take an onion and chop chop chop chop chop!

Step 3 (optional): Slice your finger so deep you may or may not need stitches. Completely stop taking photos for the next few steps because you may bleed on your soup… or worse, your phone.

Step 4: Cover and boil for about 15 minutes.

Step 5: Add mushrooms and boil for an additional 5 minutes.

Step 6 (optional): If you haven’t already, disinfect and apply a band-aid to that cut on your finger and consider never using ceramic knives again.

Step 7: Add salt, pepper, Sriracha (a lot of it!) and some soy sauce.

Step 8: Eat that slimy goodness.

Final Thoughts

My soup turned out very savory and filling and thoroughly enjoyable. Despite almost cutting a chunk of my finger off, I would still vouch for this recipe!

“Are you making this for your husband?” Joseph had asked, to which I let out a guffaw. “Not married? You are gay then!” He stated.

“Gay people can be married too,” I retorted, “But honestly why would I want to get married? I already have a cat.”

I have no idea what was so hilarious about what I said, but he laughed so hard I was scared we might swerve off the 110 into a fiery death.

“You’re funny! I give you my son to marry!” He exclaimed, “He’s a pilot and he will take good care of you!”

I politely turned down his generous offer of his son’s hand in marriage. As for the okra soup recipe, that I will take with me to make again.

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