Yakamein (New Orleans Noodle Soup) Recipe

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This yakamein recipe (New Orleans Noodle Soup) is full of flavor that will satisfy your palates. You will find yourself making this Asian fusion time and time again because it’s so easy.

While cooking it for my family, I often keep my yakamein’s spice level low with chili and a hot sauce as garnishes. This way, even kids can enjoy this flavorful Chinese noodle dish. And everyone can adjust the spice according to their preferences.

What Is Yakamein?

Yakamein is a dish with a rich history. It was originally a Chinese wheat noodle recipe. Then, Chinese migrants brought it to New Orleans. From there, it has undergone some changes and gained popularity as a fusion of Chinese and Cajun cultural cuisine.

The traditional yakamein uses wheat noodles with stewed beef, a hard-boiled egg, and beef broth. But this recipe is a bit different. I’ll use spicy marinated tender beef strips, cajun-spiced pan-fried shrimp, and a soft-centered boiled egg.

Moreover, I love to garnish my yakamein with chili flakes, spring onions, and soy sauce. The versatility of yakamein spice palette makes it an ideal dish to cook for multiple people.


To make yakamein at home, I recommend you use the following kitchen tools:

Cook Noodles Yakamein
  • Large Pot: To cook the noodles.
  • Chopping Board + Sharp Knife: To chop all the ingredients.
  • Large Spoon: To scoop out the soup.
  • 2 Bowls: 1 for marinating beef, 1 for marinating shrimp.
  • Cling Wrap: To cover the bowl while marinating.


To cook my take on traditional yakamein, you will need all of the following ingredients to replicate this dish.

Ingredients Cook Yakamein
  • Wheat Noodles: Use thin ones to absorb the flavor better.
  • Beef Broth: The base for your soup.
  • Beef: Main protein in yakamein.
  • Shrimp: To create a Cajun fusion flavor.
  • Soy Sauce: To add a savory Asian flavor.
  • Fish Sauce: To enhance the Chinese soup base.
  • Scallions: To add flavor, texture, and brightness to your yummy soup.
  • Garlic + Onion Powder + Creole Seasonings: Essential ingredients in Chinese and Cajun cooking.
  • White Vinegar: To balance the flavors in the soup base.
  • Olive Oil: To tenderize the steak and add flavor to the shrimp.
  • Salt & Pepper: To provide more flavors.

How To Make Yakamein

Making yakamein isn’t hard. Follow these four steps to make a delicious yakamein at home.

Step 1: Marinate Your Beef

In a bowl, rub your beef with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of creole seasoning, onion powder, salt, pepper, and soy sauce. Then use cling film to cover your bowl and place it in a refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Rub You Beef

Step 2: Marinate The Shrimp

In another bowl, mix your peeled shrimp with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the rest of your creole seasoning. Again, cover this bowl with cling wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.

Marinate The Shrimp

Step 3: Cook The Beef & Soup Base

In a large pot, cook the marinated beef with olive oil at medium to high heat. Then pour in your beef broth, garlic, fish sauce, and white vinegar. Stir the soup for a bit and place the lid on top.

When the soup boils, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until your beef is tender.

Cook The Beef And Soup Base

Step 4: Cook Your Shrimp

After 1 hour and 20 minutes, add your shrimp to the soup pot. Allow to cook for 5 – 10 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through.

Cook Shrimp

Step 5: Cook Your Pasta

Approximately 20 minutes before serving, cook your pasta. You need to cook it for 8 – 12 minutes or until the pasta is cooked. Drain pasta and set aside for serving.

Cook Pasta

Step 6: Serve Your Yakamein Soup

In individual bowls, put your preferred amount of pasta. Then spoon your yakamein soup on top of the pasta, making sure to get both beef and shrimp in your bowl. And sprinkle some scallions on top. Enjoy!

Serve Your Yakamein Soup
Beef And Shrimp In Your Bowl

Tips And Serving Suggestions

This dish is quite simple to master. And making it can be easier with some tips below. Aside from them, don’t forget to look at serving suggestions for different ways to level up your yakamein. 

Tips For Yakamein

The following simple tips can really help you to master all the individual components that make yakamein so special.

  • Use fat-free beef or cut off the excess fat with a sharp knife.
  • Marinating the beef is a must-have step since it provides a deeper flavor to your soup.
  • You can switch to spaghetti or other Chinese/Asian noodles for the pasta.
  • Yakamein goes well with different boiled eggs, soft or hard-boiled ones. To make the former, cook your eggs for 6-8 minutes, while the latter needs about 10 minutes.
  • Low-sodium broth is more suitable since you can adjust the seasoning.
  • Aside from beef broth, you can use chicken, pork, or seafood-based ones as well.

What To Serve With My Yakamein?

Although a basic yakamein without any accompaniment is already tasty, I recommend adding these ingredients to kick up the flavor.

  • Boiled egg
  • Shrimp
  • Boiled vegetables: Spinach, bok choy, cabbage, bean sprout, broccoli, etc
  • Chili flakes
  • Spring onion

How To Store Leftover

Sometimes you may cook too much, and there are some yakamein noodles. Don’t throw them away. Learn different storage methods, so you can have them prepared for the future. Remember not to store the noodles with the broth, or they’ll get soggy:

  • In the fridge: The stock can last for about 3 days in an airtight container. You can leave the shrimp out to prolong the date by up to 5 days.
Yakamein Recipe

Yakamein Recipe

Yakamein is a flavorful dish packed with protein. With some beef broth, you can easily create this flavorful Asian noodle soup for a warm meal. Follow my recipe to recreate my take on traditional yakamein.
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Course: Noodle Soup
Cuisine: Chinese Cajun
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 432kcal


  • 1 pound (500g) of beef
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons creole seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 2 cups/ 500g frozen shrimp (peeled)
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 0.3 cup fresh scallions
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt u0026 pepper to taste
  • 4 serves wheat noodles


  • Marinate your beef in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of creole, onion powder, soy sauce, and salt u0026 pepper. Massage the ingredients together with your hands.
    Rub You Beef
  • Use cling film to cover the bowl and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Marinate your shrimp with 1 tablespoon of olive oil plus 1 teaspoon of creole seasoning. Place the cling film-covered bowl in the refrigerator.
    Marinate The Shrimp
  • Cook your beef in a large pot on high heat with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Then, fish sauce, white vinegar, and broth. Cover and simmer for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
    Cook The Beef And Soup Base
  • After your yakamein soup has cooked, add the marinated shrimp and cook for another 5 – 10 minutes.
    Cook Shrimp
  • Fill your medium pot ¾ full with water. Then add your pasta and cook it over medium to high heat until cooked (approximately 8 – 12 minutes). Set aside once cooked.
    Cook Pasta
  • Add an individual amount of pasta to a bowl, spoon yakamein soup over the top, and sprinkle with scallions. Enjoy!
    Serve Your Yakamein Soup
  • Beef And Shrimp In Your Bowl



Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 29096mg | Potassium: 1039mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1116IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 4mg

Yakamein – A Lively Chinese Cajun Dish

Warm, flavorful yakamein can liven up any cold day. And it’s so easy that you can cook this at home with no stress at all. My handy tried-and-true tips will ensure that you have tender cooked beef, succulent shrimps, and a soft-boiled egg for your noodles.

So, wow your friends and family with this toothsome yakamein. And remember to share this recipe, so you guys can do it together. If you have any trouble making it, don’t hesitate to comment below! I’ll help you immediately!

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