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    The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady

    Chef Linda Green

    Chef Linda Green, also internationally known as The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, ia an award winning culinarian based in New Orleans, LA. She has been lauded in newspapers and magazines worldwide.

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    New Orleans' Style

    Soul Food

    Along with specializing in her internationally-renowned Ya-Ka-Mein recipes, She is also runs Ms. Linda’s Catering which specializes in her famous New Orleans soul food.

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    Old School Charm with

    Neighborhood Grit

    Chef Linda has been serving her award-winning dishes including her world-famous Ya-Ka-Mein, gumbo, fried pork chop sandwich and bread pudding to thousand of people from around the world.



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New Orleans Icon

Ms. Linda Green is well-known and highly regarded as a New Orleans Icon in the community.

In addition to her local notoriety, she is internationally known as the winner of Food Network’s Chopped Pride of New Orleans and  has been featured on internationally syndicated TV shows including Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, Larry the Cable Guy and United Taste of America. She won the Vegan Gumbo Contest for Food Network in 2013.  For the past 20 years+, Ms. Linda has sold her Soul Food along second line routes,  food events and festivals. She’s been featured in numerous local and national publications.

From the Beginning

“I love what I do. I love to cook. Chefs and doctors; we never stop learning”

Cooking has always been a part of Chef Linda’s life – as a child learning from her mother, Shirley Green, helping her mother with cooking and selling Ya-Ka-Mein, working for the Orleans Parish School Board in Food Service. Then Hurricane Katrina hit, and she wasn’t called back to work.  However, since Ms. Linda already had a following from selling her food part time at festivals and local events, she made a decision to become a full-time culinary entrepreneur. Her menu consists of home-cooking, soul food and New Orleans classics.

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nolaTPRollingStone Magazine
gonolaAnthony Bourdain New Orleans
southernfoodwaysOffbeat Magazine
Chopped Food Network


YaKaMein New Orleans

Old Sober

“Ya-Ka-Mein is one of New Orleans’ well-best-kept secrets. It is a soup. They call it Old Sober.”

Ms. Linda is world famous as the guardian of the secret juice recipe in her Ya-Ka-Mein. Taught how to make the broth by her mother Shirley Green, Ms. Linda keeps the tradition by lacing the broth with the perfect mixes of spices – not quite Asian, not quite Southern – adding noodles, green onions, a hard-boiled egg an hot sauce. It’s a sure-fire remedy for a New Orleans’ size headache, which is why it’s known as “Old Sober.”

Variety is the Spice of Life

The recipe is a family, and a cultural, tradition.

Ms. Linda offers Ya-Ka-Mein with a variety of tasty proteins including Traditional Beef, Shrimp, Duck, Alligator and a combo of Shrimp and Beef. For those vegetarians, she make a delicious Vegetarian option!


Ms. Linda’s Soul Food Catering Co. offers a variety of home-style entrees for your next event, along with her famous Ya-Ka-Mein. From small intimate gatherings to large events, Ms. Linda can customize a menu to your liking. Click on a category below for to view each menu or download the menu HERE.
Email Miss Linda at theyakameinlady@gmail.com with any questions or for more info and availablity.


Contact Miss Linda at theyakameinlady@gmail.com for Catering Availability and Events Info.

Proud to be New Orleans' Grown

Where to Eat

Chef Linda caters numerous event, Private and Public but you can find here delicious dishes and World Famous Ya-Ka-Mein at these places. Also keep up with Ms. Linda on FACEBOOK for pop-ups!


  • The Odgen Museum After Hours

    featuring Ms. Linda’s Soul Food Catering
    Every Thursday 5:30pm-8pm — VIEW WEBSITE


  • New Orleans French Market

    with Ms. Linda’s Soul Food and Ya-Ka-Mein
    Thursdays thru Sundays 10am-6pm —  VIEW WEBSITE