Nolan and I were simultaneously struck down by colds yesterday morning, and we have been in pretty sad shape today thanks to lack of sleep. Before I was too miserable, I managed to bake the Perfect Party Cake above to take to Nolan’s preschool for a teacher appreciation lunch; the cake plate came back to us practically licked clean, so as far as I am concerned, this recipe is a big winner.

Shortly after finishing the cake, however, my poor sick little kiddo decided that the best medicine was clinging relentlessly to his mama, so cooking dinner was out. My mom stepped up to the plate with an odd little family tradition: yakami (we pronounce it YAH-cah-mee). Honestly I don’t even know how it is spelled, because as far as I know, the recipe has never been written down, but it extends at least as far back as my mom’s childhood, maybe longer. My mom thinks it was probably originally her family’s version of some Chinese soup.

Yakami is basically just bone-in pork steaks boiled in water; you skim the foam off the resulting broth and chop up the pork, then serve it all together in big bowls with spaghetti noodles, hard-boiled eggs, scallions, and an offering of ketchup and Worcestershire sauce to stir in for seasoning. It is inexpensive to make and nearly impossible to eat efficiently, but very filling and customizable.

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2 thoughts on “Yakami

  1. May 4, 2011 at 8:22 am

    My mom made “Smack Ramen.” Yup, smack. It’s the instant ramen, with flavor pack, hard cooked eggs (cooked in an egg cooking appliance!) with frozen peas and carrots stirred in and a killer dose of cheap soy sauce. I have to admit, I loved it. Your family recipe at least involves cooking : ) Sounds comforting. Get better quick!

  2. vivian
    June 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Interesting. This is close to what my mom used to make as I was growing up. Pretty similar. She would make spaghetti noodles and top it with hard boiled eggs, cut scallions, crumbled bacon, and top with soy sauce. Funny, you’re right about an actual recipe because the name of her dish was …. “Yakami”. 😀

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