Yakamein, often referred to as “Old Sober,” is a unique and flavorful noodle soup that is a staple in New Orleans cuisine. This comforting dish combines elements of both Creole and Asian culinary traditions, featuring a rich broth, noodles, seasoned meat, and often topped with a hard-boiled egg. It’s a perfect dish for anyone seeking a hearty and savory soup experience.


  • 200g spaghetti or egg noodles
  • 4 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 2 chicken breasts or beef steaks, thinly sliced
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, halved
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sesame oil for drizzling


  1. Cook the noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, heat a drizzle of sesame oil over medium heat. Add the sliced chicken or beef and sauté until cooked through. Remove the meat and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, add the chopped onion and minced garlic, cooking until the onion is translucent.
  4. Pour in the beef or chicken broth. Stir in the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Add the cooked noodles and meat back into the pot. Cook for a few more minutes until everything is heated through.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve the soup in bowls, topped with a half of a hard-boiled egg and sprinkled with chopped green onions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 360
  • Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Protein: 25g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • Serves: 4 people

Yakamein is a delightful fusion of flavors and textures, making it a unique and satisfying dish. Whether you’re familiar with New Orleans cuisine or trying it for the first time, this noodle soup is sure to impress with its rich broth and savory components. Enjoy this comforting bowl of Yakamein and immerse yourself in the flavors of New Orleans!

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