Yummy Chinese Yaka Mein Soup

Andy Anderson !


Childhood memories can be a wonderful thing, and one of my fondest memories is going to Chiam restaurant in Chicago’s Chinatown and having a big bowl of Yaka Mein soup, and a side order of eggrolls.

It took me years to perfect the recipe, but I considered it a labor of love. It’s a simple dish composed of broth, Chinese noodles, pork and a hard-boiled egg…. But, oh sooo good. Ahh memories.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

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15 Min
10 Min
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8 oz
yakisoba noodles
4 oz
chinese pork, not bbq pork
1 medium
hard-boiled egg


1 1/2 c
chicken stock, not broth
1 tsp
sesame oil
1 Tbsp
sesame seeds, for garnish


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1Chef’s Note: My sister and I are in the back seat of our car, and dad is driving with mom at his side… No seatbelts in those days. We’ve just left Sunday services at Saint Dennis parish, and we’re headed to Chinatown to meet up with my Uncle Charlie, and Aunt Adele. Plus my Uncle Ed and Aunt Josephine and my two cousins Jody and Little Adele will be there too. We’re headed for Chiam restaurant.
As the snow slowly falls, I spend my time looking out at the city of Chicago, slowly being covered in a blanket of white.
When we arrive, we get a large table, and I order what I always do… A big bowl of Yaka Mein soup, a side of pork eggrolls, and a “kiddie” cocktail. To those of you that don’t know what that is, it’s ginger ale with some cherry juice, and a little umbrella.
I spend the time talking and laughing with my cousins, and just enjoying life. Ahh, memories.

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2Gather your ingredients.

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3Cut the pork into 1/4-inch slices.

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4Baton the slices.

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5Chef’s Note: You can get Chinese pork in most Asian markets: however, I just posted a recipe for Asian Oven-Roasted “Red” Pork that I think is exactly what I remember from my youth. You’re not looking for Chinese BBQ pork here… although that will do.

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6Cook the hard-boiled egg.

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7Add the ingredients for the broth in a saucepan.

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8Bring the broth to a lite simmer.

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9Add the noodles and allow them to simmer in the broth for about 5 minutes.

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10Add the noodles to a serving dish.

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11Use just enough of the broth to cover the noodles, and add half the pork.

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12Add one half of the hard-boiled egg.

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13Sprinkle with some toasted sesame seeds.

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14Chef's Note: Repeat for the second serving.

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15Serve while still hot. Enjoy my memory.

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16Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Asian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy