Ya Ka Mein

ya ka mein

The mysterious ya ka mein. When I am looking for comfort and something lighter after gorging on rich holiday fare every weekend, one of the recipes that appeals to me is Ms. Linda’s ya ka mein. Ms. Linda is a New Orleans icon and guardian of the secret ingredients and creole soul spices that make her ya ka mein so special. The Ya Ka Mein Lady, as she is also known, has carved her niche in the culinary history of New Orleans by serving ya ka mein, also known as “old sober,” at corner grocery stores and festivals across the city. This spicy Asian-African American fusion soup has been said to cure hangovers and can be a whole meal soup or a snack at a second line.

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