New Orleans Yakamein: The Perfect Recipe for a Comforting Bowl of Goodness
If you’re looking for a hearty, satisfying bowl of comfort food, then look no further than New Orleans Yakamein. Also known as “Old Sober” or “Ya-Ka-Mein,” this dish is a true staple of the Big Easy’s culinary scene.
Yakamein is a soulful blend of noodles, beef, and an assortment of flavorful spices that come together to create a delicious and filling meal. It’s a dish that’s traditionally enjoyed during the Mardi Gras festivities but has since become a year-round favorite in the city.
Here’s everything you need to know about this beloved New Orleans dish and how to make it at home.
➔You’ll need :
●1.5 lb chuck roast, cut into 1/2 inch strips
●2 Tbsp cooking oil
●1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
●8 oz spaghetti noodles
●1/2 chopped scallions, for garnishing
●2 tsp Creole seasoning
●1 Tbsp soy sauce
●1 tsp Creole seasoning
●1 tsp soy sauce
●8 cups beef broth
●1 Tbsp Creole seasoning
●1 Tbsp soy sauce
●1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
●1 tsp onion powder
●1 tsp garlic powder
●1 tsp dried oregano
●1 tsp dried thyme
●1 tsp paprika
●1/4 tsp cayenne
●1/2 tsp black pepper
➔ Step-by-Step Guide to Making it :
Marinate beef in Creole seasoning and soy sauce for at least 30 minutes.
Heat oil in a large soup pot or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add beef strips and sear on both sides until browned. Do not overcrowd, cook in batches if necessary.
Add in beef broth along with all herbs, spices and sauces. Stir well and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, uncovered, until beef is melt in your mouth tender, about 1-1.5 hours. Stir occasionally.
While soup is cooking, cook spaghetti noodles according to directions on package.
Also while soup is cooking, bring potful of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Gently place eggs in water with a spoon and reduce heat to medium. Cook according to your preferred doneness (see note 1). Remove from pot and immediately place in ice water bath to prevent further cooking.
Once beef is getting tender, taste and adjust for seasoning.
Marinate the shrimp. When beef is fully tender, add the shrimp to the pot and cook five minutes.
In a large bowl, add desired amount of cooked noodles. Top with beef and shrimp. Ladle in broth. Garnish with halved eggs and chopped scallions. If desired, add in a splash of hot sauce.
Enjoy your comforting bowl of New Orleans Yakamein!
One of the best things about Yakamein is how versatile it is. You can easily customize it to your liking by adding in your favorite vegetables or changing up the spices. Some people like to add hot sauce or chili flakes for a little extra heat, while others prefer to keep it mild and savory.
No matter how you choose to make it, Yakamein is a dish that’s sure to warm your soul and satisfy your hunger. So the next time you’re in the mood for some comforting New Orleans cuisine, give this recipe a try and experience the deliciousness of Yakamein for yourself.
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