Vegan Beef Bourguinon by Kaiaroha Organic Vegan Cafe and Deli

Here at I AM Co. one of our favourite things to do is enjoy visiting the great cafes around the country. We’re so spoilt to have such an amazing range of cafes serving some hugely delicious, healthy food from a wide variety of cultures. Some of these cafes have been generous enough to share some of our favourites with you….

Kaiaroha Organic Vegan Cafe & Deli is a unique and innovative venue with a range of revolutionary vegan products on offer from artisan nut cheeses skillfully aged in their giant glass cheese cave… to Sunday roast chickun sharing platters, carrot lox bagels, cuban blackbean soup and their own kumara cashew cheese ravioli with sage emulsion, to name a few. Kaiaroha means ‘Loving Food’ or ‘Food from Love’ in Maori. With thoughtfulness and care they’re creating a space and nourishment that has less negative impact on others and is designed to enhance everyone’s lives – including our animal friends.

Serves 4 people or 6 as an entree.


Marinated jackfruit:

  • 1 tin of jackfruit
    2 Tbsp olive oil
    1 Tbsp vegan beef stock
    pinch of both salt and pepper

For the stew:

  • 4 medium potatoes
    2 medium carrots
    1 large onion
    1 tsp dry thyme
    1 tsp miso paste
    2 Tbsp olive oil
    3 Tbsp vegan beef stock dissolved in 1L hot water
    1 Tbsp flax-meal
    marinated jackfruit
    salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large pot of boiling water, pre-cook potatoes cut in large chunks, skin on, until slightly soft.
    Drain and reserve.
  • Preheat oven at 200C and roast jackfruit with olive oil, vegan beef stock, salt and pepper, for 15min, or once jackfruit looks golden.
  • Separate the “meat” with help of a fork or potato masher.
  • Add oil in a large pan, fry onion cut in large chunks along with sliced carrots and thyme. Cook until onion becomes translucid.
  • Add miso, and cover with beef stock water and flax-meal. Bring to boil and reduce heat to simmer for 10min. Add potatoes and cook for additional 10min.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy.

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