Yakamein (Ya-Ka-Mein, often pronounced Yakamee) is a type of beef noodle soup, found in many restaurants and food stores in New Orleans.
The soup consists of stewed beef in beef-based broth served on top of noodles and garnished with half a hard-boiled egg and chopped green onions. I like to add more soy sauce and hot sauce in mine!!! Shout Out to my girl Denise, she makes the best Yakamein in my eyes (and stomach lol).
Like many of our other foods its a favorite here!!! Locals love it and tourists who have tried it love it too!
I’ve heard many stories about the origin of Yakamein, EVEN THOUGH THE ORGIN IS UNSURE. Some saying that it was a black Asian dish, Some sources, including New Orleans chef Leah Chase, have claimed that Yakamein originated in New Orleans’s now extinct Chinatown that was established by Chinese immigrants brought from California during the mid 19th century to build the railroads between Houston and New Orleans and work in the sugar plantations of the American South, Others believe it was introduced to the US by African American troops who fought in the Korean War and returned with a taste for some of the noodle soup dishes they had in Korea. It is also believed to be a cure for hangovers!! I’ll just do what I do best and eat lol!!
I love food, food with a personality, food with “FLAVA”, food with a creole style like me! If you haven’t tried it, I feel like its a must have! There are a lists of places that sell this dish in New Orleans, but I personally love when its made at home!!! Especially by Denise!! lol Look up the recipe, try it, and let me know how you like it!